What if I didn't vote?
In Victoria voting is compulsory and you may be fined if you do not vote.
Step 1: Apparent Failure to Vote Notice
We will send you an Apparent Failure to Vote Notice if it appears you did not vote in:
- Knox City Council by-election (30 March)
- Hepburn Shire by-election (30 March)
- Swan Hill Rural City Council by-election (30 March).
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.
Step 2: Infringement Notice (a fine)
You will receive an Infringement Notice with a fine if you did not vote in the 2018 State election (24 November 2018) and:
- you did not respond to an Apparent Failure to Vote notice sent in March
- your excuse for not voting was not considered valid and sufficient.
You have 28 days to pay the fine or take other action. See What are my options?
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 will issue Penalty Reminder Notices for the 2018 State election in July 2019.
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.