Enrolment report

Illustration of a man and a woman filling out an enrolment formOne of the VEC’s core functions is to maintain the electoral enrolment register. In 2019–20, the VEC continued this work, in addition to administering its regular programs that help people enrol or update their enrolment. There were 585,133 total VEC enrolment transactions in 2019–20, up from 266,603 transactions in 2018–19.

In 2019–20, the number of Victorians enrolled to vote on the register of electors increased by 45,497 to 4,256,925 – an increase of 1.07%. The VEC estimates 96.4% of eligible electors are enrolled. This is a decrease of 0.7% from 2018–19 and is 0.1% less than the national enrolment participation rate.

Enrolment statistics by region and district (2019–20)

In the eight regions, there were:

  • 4,256,925 electors in total
  • an average of 532,115 electors per region.

In the 88 districts, there were:

  • 4,256,925 electors in total
  • an average of 48,374 electors per district.

Enrolment programs

The VEC undertook several enrolment programs to encourage people to enrol or update their enrolment. These included:

  • the youth enrolment program, in which the VEC:
    • sent birthday cards with enrolment information to 64,872 students turning 17
    • enrolled 11,383 school leavers through direct enrolment
    • enrolled a further 9,764 school leavers via an enrolment form because their eligibility could not be confirmed
    • sent youth brochures to 8,573 newly enrolled young people to explain how voting and enrolment work in elections in Victoria.
  • direct enrolment of electors with data sourced from the Australian Electoral Commission, VicRoads and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
  • a program of SMS messages and emails sent to people to prompt them to enrol or update their enrolment. The successful 2018 State election VoterAlert program of SMS and email messages to voters was also included in the plan for the 2020 local council elections.