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