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.
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 and:
- you did not respond to an Apparent Failure to Vote notice
- 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 for elections held before 1 July 2019.
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 $25.80
- 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.
Get election reminders
Avoid a fine by signing up to VoterAlert, our free election reminder service. You can choose to receive an SMS or email when an election is on and you are required to vote.Sign up to VoterAlert
If you are unsure about what to do, or need more information call 1300 551 575.