The VEC welcomes customer feedback as it gives us an opportunity to improve our services. We consider general feedback, complaints and compliments to be our main types of customer feedback.
Make a complaint
We consider something a complaint if a person or organisation tells us they are unhappy with a VEC product or service and they want us to respond.
You can make a complaint if you:
- are dissatisfied with one of our services, processes or programs
- believe we have not met our quality of service standards
- believe there has been a breach of the Electoral Act 2002 by a candidate, party, organisation or individual.
You can make a complaint by completing our online form:
Give us a compliment or feedback
If you do not need us to respond, you can provide us with feedback.
We consider feedback to be:
- a suggestion of something we can improve
- a compliment, telling us what we are doing well or should continue doing.
You can provide feedback by completing an online form:
Other ways to make complaint or give feedback
You can also:
- email your complaint
- post your complaint or submit it in person at:
Victorian Electoral Commission
Level 11, 530 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000.
Can’t do it in writing?
If you need help to make a complaint you can:
- contact us through the National Relay Service and ask for 03 8620 1100
- contact us through an interpreter
- ask us for other types of assistance.
How we handle complaints
We will review your complaint in line with our formal complaints policy. We will treat your information respectfully and in confidence.
|Step 1 – acknowledgement||We respond to you letting you know we have received your complaint and give you a case number.|
|Step 2 –assignment||Our Complaints Officer assigns your complaint to an expert at the VEC to investigate. Some complaints fall outside the VEC's responsibilities and we may refer your complaint to another agency.|
|Step 3 –investigation||The VEC expert investigates your complaint.|
|Step 4 – response||The Complaints Officer and expert respond to your complaint.|
How long it takes us to respond
We respond to most complaints within five working days. It may take us longer to investigate some complaints.
Withdrawing a complaint
You can withdraw your complaint at any time, but we may continue to investigate it.
If you are unhappy with our response
You have the right to ask for a reassesment of our response to your complaint.
Step 1: case reassessment
To request an case reassessement, reply to the VEC staff member who responded to your complaint. Make sure you tell us what outcome you would like.
We aim to respond within 10 working days. We will contact you if we expect to take longer.
Step 2: referred assessment
If you are unhappy with our case reassessment, you can contact:
- the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
responsible for administrative reviews in respect to some VEC decisions, including disputes against the validity of a local government election
- the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
responsible for human rights and equal opportunity for Victorians
- the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner
responsible for how the public sector collects, uses and shares information.