One of the VEC’s key objectives is to maintain the accuracy and security of the register of electors. The VEC also works to increase the proportion of eligible electors enrolled each year and strives to maintain this measure at or above the national average.
In 2020–21 the number of Victorians enrolled to vote increased by 53,488 (1.3%). The total enrolled electors at 30 June 2021 was 4,310,413.
The enrolment rate for Victoria at 30 June 2021 was estimated to be 95.8%, a decrease of 0.6% from 30 June 2020 and 0.4% lower than the national enrolment rate. The enrolment rate is calculated by the Australian Electoral Commission using actual enrolment data and estimated eligible population (EEP) figures. The EEP for Victoria increased in 2020–21, lowering the overall enrolment rate. However, enrolments across each age category in Victoria increased during 2020–21.
Enrolment statistics by region and district
In the 8 regions there was an average of 538,802 electors per region.
In the 88 districts there was an average of 48,982 electors per district.
Enrolment stimulation projects
The VEC conducted many enrolment campaigns prior to the 2020 local council elections. In addition to the general advertising campaign, the VEC sent close of rolls messaging by email and SMS to 1,977,797 subscribed electors using its VoterAlert service. A total of 82,150 enrolment transactions were processed due to these messages.
The VEC also ran a campaign targeting electors who had not updated their details since the 2018 State election. In total, 166,146 electors were contacted with 12,234 (7.4%) updating their details before the close of rolls.
Other enrolment activity
The VEC undertook other enrolment programs during 2020–21, including:
- birthday cards with enrolment information sent to 68,441 students turning 17 years old
- 14,604 school-leavers enrolled through a campaign targeting 18-year-olds
- 10,097 youth brochures sent to newly enrolled young people explaining voting.