What if I didn't vote?
In Victoria voting is compulsory and you may be fined if you do not vote.
2018 State election
If you did not vote in the 2018 State election on Saturday 24 November, you may receive an Apparent Failure to Vote Notice in early 2019.
An Apparent Failure to Vote Notice is your opportunity to explain why you didn’t vote.
You must respond to this notice within 28 days.
Will I get a fine?
If you don't respond to an apparent failure to vote notice, or if your excuse for failing to vote is not considered valid and sufficient, you will receive an Infringement Notice with a fine ($81 as at 1 July 2018).
You must pay this fine by the due date on the Infringement Notice. The matter will become more costly if you ignore this notice.
What if I fail to pay the fine?
If you do not pay your fine on time or take other action to deal with the matter you will be:
- issued with a Penalty Reminder Notice
- required to pay the original fine plus a penalty reminder fee (currently $25.10)
- required to pay or take other action by the due date on the notice.
The same rights and responsibilities and payment options apply to a Penalty Reminder Notice as for an Infringement Notice.
How much is the fine?
The fine for not voting is $81.00 (half a penalty unit) as at 1 July 2018.
A penalty reminder fee of $25.10 is added to the fine if the infringement reaches the Penalty Reminder Notice stage.
These figures are indexed at the beginning of every financial year. If you do not pay your fine during the penalty reminder stage, and your details are provided to Fines Victoria, a Notice of Final Demand will be issued. Higher penalties apply to such notices.
What other options do I have?
Your notice will include a due date for payment or to take other action. If you ignore a fine, it will become more serious and costly.
If you receive an Infringement Notice, you have the following options before the due date on your notice:
- paying your fine
- requesting an internal review
- electing to go to court.
If you are unsure what to do, call 1300 551 575 to speak to a customer service representative.
Information on how to seek legal assistance is also available.
Melbourne Lord Mayor by-election (April 2018)
Penalty Reminder Notices are currently being sent for people who did not respond to an Infringement Notice.
For more information, please see Current enforcement