What if I didn't vote?
If you are enrolled to vote, then you must vote in all Federal, State and local council elections, statutory elections and polls. If you are aged 70 or over, you are excused from voting in local council elections.
Infringement notices are now being sent for the 2017 Greater Geelong City Council election, Northcote District by-election and Ostlers North Balwyn Liquor Licensing poll
If you were required to vote but did not, and you did not reply to the ‘apparent failure to vote’ notice, or if your reason was not considered valid and sufficient, you will be sent an 'infringement’ notice. This notice includes a fine of $79.00, which you must pay by the due date on the 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 fee of $24.70
- required to pay or take other action by the due date on the notice.
Where an enforcing agency issues a penalty reminder notice, an additional fee is added.
The same rights and responsibilities and payment options apply to a penalty reminder notice as for an infringement notice.
If you do not pay your fine during the 'penalty reminder' stage, your details may be provided to the Director, Fines Victoria (external link) for further action. If this occurs, Fines Victoria will convert the 'penalty reminder notice’ into a Notice of Final Demand.
How much is the fine?
The fine for not voting is $79.00 (half a penalty unit) as at 1 July 2017. These figures are indexed at the beginning of every financial year.
A penalty reminder fee of $24.70 is added to the fine if the infringement reaches the 'penalty reminder notice' stage.
If you do not pay your fine during the penalty reminder stage, and your details are provided to the Director, Fines Victoria, a Notice of Final Demand will be issued. Higher penalties apply to such notices.
What other options do I have?
A due date for payment or to take other action is included on your notice. If you ignore a fine it will become more serious and costly.
If you have received 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.
Elections and polls undergoing compulsory voting enforcement
- 2017 Greater Geelong City Council election (voting closed 27 October 2017)
- 2017 Northcote District by-election (election date: 18 November 2017)
- Ostlers North Balwyn Cellars Liquor Licensing Poll (voting closed 17 October 2017)