What if I didn't vote?

In Victoria voting is compulsory and you may be fined if you do not vote.

Didn’t vote in the 2018 State election?

Step 1: Apparent Failure to Vote Notice

If it appears you did not vote in the 2018 State election held on Saturday 24 November, we will send you an Apparent Failure to Vote Notice in March 2019.

An Apparent Failure to Vote Notice is your opportunity to explain why it appears you did not vote.

You must respond to this notice within 28 days.

Step 2: Infringement Notice (a fine)

You will receive an Infringement Notice with a fine if:

  • you do not respond to an Apparent Failure to Vote notice
  • your excuse for not voting is not considered valid and sufficient.

You have at least 28 days to pay the fine or take other action. See What are my options?

The VEC will issue Infringement Notices for not voting at the 2018 State election in May 2019.

The fine for not voting is $81.00 as at 1 July 2018.

This amount is indexed at the beginning of every financial year (1 July).

Step 3: Penalty reminder notice

If you do not pay your fine by the due date on the Infringement Notice, or take other action to deal with it, you will be:

  • issued with a Penalty Reminder Notice
  • required to pay the original fine plus a penalty reminder fee of $25.10
  • required to pay or take other action by the due date on the Penalty Reminder Notice.

The VEC is currently sending Penalty Reminder Notices for the Pyrenees Council, Beaufort Ward by-election (August 2018).

What are my options?

If you receive an Infringement Notice or a Penalty Reminder Notice, you have the following options.

The notice will contain all the payment options.

You can pay:

  • at any Australia Post outlet
  • using BPAY phone or internet banking
    Biller code: 120279
    Reference: your infringement number
  • posting a bank cheque/money order to
    Victorian Electoral Commission
    Reply Paid 76032
    Melbourne VIC 8060
    (include your name, address, phone number and infringement number)
  • in person at the VEC head office
    Level 11, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne.

If you are having difficulty paying your fine in full and on time, you can apply for a payment plan or payment extension.

The VEC will assess applications on a case-by-case basis. Your application may be assessed based on your:

  • outstanding fine amount
  • income
  • financial status
  • payment history
  • any hardship that you are experiencing.

All requests must be made in writing and include the following:

  • infringement number
  • name, address and contact number
  • reason for request.

You can email your request to cv@vec.vic.gov.au or post it to Level 11, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Call 1300 551 575 for more information.

You can request an internal review if you believe:

  • the decision was contrary to law
  • there has been a mistake of identity
  • you were unaware of the notice and it was not personally given to you
  • you had special or exceptional circumstances.

For more information see Internal reviews and special circumstances

You have the right to take your matter to the Magistrates’ Court for it to be determined at a formal hearing. If you elect to go to court, a magistrate will decide the case and any appropriate penalty.

For more information see Electing to go to court

Referral to Fines Victoria

If you do not pay or take action to deal with a Penalty Reminder notice, the VEC will refer your matter to Fines Victoria

When a matter is with Fines Victoria, the VEC cannot consider requests for payment plans, payment extensions or internal review requests.

More information

If you are unsure about what to do, or need more information call 1300 551 575.