Register of electors
The VEC’s three key enrolment objectives are to:
- maintain the accuracy and security of the Register of Electors
- increase the Victorian enrolment rate
- maintain this measure at a level higher than the national average.
The number of Victorians enrolled to vote increased by 114,286 to 4,210,978 (2.79%) in 2018-19. The 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, 2018 State election and 2019 Federal election had a consolidated effect to significantly increase the enrolment rate.
Using available data, it is estimated that 97.10% of eligible electors are enrolled. This matches the national enrolment rate.
The VEC encourages Victorians to proactively enrol or update their details through a number of activities. These activities include sending birthday cards to young people turning 17 to encourage them to enrol, utilising data from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. This ensures that students finishing VCE who are 18 years old are enrolled and ready to vote.
The VEC also works with the Australian Electoral Commission to send SMS and email messages to people who have recently updated their details with other government departments to encourage them to update their electoral enrolment details.
From the 2018-19 Annual Report: Proportion of voter eligible population enrolled at 30 June 2015 2019