Voting and homelessness

All Australian citizens aged 18 and over, regardless of their housing situation, have the right to enrol and vote.

By collaborating with community agencies we assist people experiencing homelessness to participate in local council and State elections.

Homeless, not voteless

Being homeless does not make you voteless. If you are experiencing homelessness or do not have access to safe and secure housing, you can enrol with a special form. 

Are you or someone you know experiencing homelessness? Being homeless doesn't mean you're voteless.

Local council, state and federal governments make decisions that affect you: things like housing, public transport and schools.

When you vote, your voice on these issues is heard. Everyone is equal at the ballot box and it's your human right.

If you're an Australian citizen aged 18 and over you can vote.

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness remind them to enrol by using the ‘no fixed address’ form. This form means a person can exercise their right to vote and won't be fined if they don't. Get this from our website.

You don't need any ID to enrol, you just need someone who's enrolled to vote in federal elections to say they know you.

Information about elections will be sent to the address you put on the no fixed address form. This address might be a homeless service.

So make every voice heard. Homeless doesn't have to mean voteless.

Homelessness Advisory Group

Our Homelessness Advisory Group has representation from service users and key community agencies. It meets twice a year to provide advice, experience and expertise to help guide the direction of our Homeless not Voteless program.

It’s vital that the VEC’s work in this area is relevant and responsive to the needs of people experiencing homelessness. We are always looking for new members, whether you are a service user, agency worker or policy maker.

For more information or to get involved please contact us.