Improving electoral access for people living out of home

Tuesday 28 June 2022

For immediate release

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has launched its inaugural Out of Home Action Plan (the Plan) building on the VEC’s existing work to deliver responsive services for people experiencing homelessness or imprisonment (serving a sentence of less than 5 years).

Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately launched the Plan yesterday and thanked those involved in the process for their contribution and advice.

‘The Plan has been developed following extensive consultation with the VEC’s Out of Home advisory group and external stakeholders that work with people experiencing homelessness or imprisonment and internally with our staff,’ Mr Gately said. 

The objective of the plan is to:

  • improve access to information about enrolment and voting
  • increase the participation of people experiencing homelessness and people in prison.

‘It is vital that people experiencing homelessness or imprisonment can share in the democratic experience by exercising their right to vote. Participation in the democratic process is both empowering and socially inclusive,’ Mr Gately said.

The actions identified in the Plan are grouped into key priority areas:

  • Access – reviewing and developing resources and services.
  • Community – continuing to work and collaborate with the sector and widening existing advisory group and peer education programs.
  • Employment – recruiting democracy ambassadors with a lived experience of homelessness.
  • Changing attitudes – establishing a staff volunteer program, ensuring communication resources are inclusive, and consulting with people with a lived experience when developing new resources and services.

The Plan is available to download from the VEC’s website. Hard copies can also be requested by phone on 131 832.