Local council elections will be held in Victoria in October 2020.
The roll closed at 4 pm on Friday 28 August 2020.
If you have changed address since that date, you must still enrol or update your details for future Federal, State and local council elections. However, you will need to vote for your old address at this election or risk a fine.
You will be able to request to have your ballot pack sent to a different address from 6 October. For more information see How to vote
Enrol to vote
You must enrol to vote if you:
- are an Australian citizen
- are 18 or older
- have lived at an address in Victoria for longer than a month.
The VEC and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) operate a joint online enrolment form.
You can also download a form.
Please note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic there may be some delays in processing enrolment updates.
If you wish to apply for silent elector status due to you or your family being in immediate danger, please contact us on 1300 805 478.
You must enrol within 21 days of becoming eligible to vote in Victoria. You may be fined if you do not enrol or update your details within this time. The fine is $165.22.
British subjects who were on an Australian electoral roll between 26 October 1983 and 26 January 1984 must also enrol and vote.
How to enrol?There are different ways to enrol for the first time, or update your details.
If you’re enrolling to vote for the first time, or you need to update your enrolment details, like your name or address, there are different ways you can do this.
You can go to the VEC website at vec.vic.gov.au and follow the instructions to enrol or update your details online.
If you would prefer to enrol or update your details using a paper form, you can do this too. You can download an enrolment form from the VEC website or call 131 832 to request to have one sent to you.
You should remember to update your enrolment details if your name or postal address changes. Remember, when you move house, you need to have lived in your home for 30 days before updating your enrolment and you must then update your details within 21 days.
If it’s your first time enrolling – because you recently turned 18, or maybe because you recently became an Australian citizen – congratulations! Voting in elections ensures a healthy democracy and being enrolled means you’ll be ready to have your say at election time.
More information about enrolment
Enrolling for local council elections
For council elections, there are two types of voters: State-enrolled and council-enrolled.
State-enrolled voters are people who:
- are Australian citizens
- are 18 years or older
- have lived in Victoria for at least one month.
Council-enrolled voters are people who:
- own a property within a council but do not live in the area
- pay rates for a residence or a corporation in a council area.
Some council-enrolled voters are automatically included on the council roll. Others must apply to be on the council roll.
If you have moved overseas and no longer wish to vote, you must let us know that you are no longer eligible to vote because you don’t live in Victoria.You can submit an overseas notification form online via Check My Enrolment
If you are living overseas but would like to continue to vote, you must register as an eligible overseas voter. You can find more information about overseas voting on the AEC website.
If you are away from Victoria for a short time, you can complete an overseas or away from Victoria form online through Check My Enrolment.
By filling this form, you will let us know that you will not be able to vote in elections that may come up while you are away.
If you have moved interstate, you must update your enrolment with the AEC and they will notify us.
Enrolling at 17
If you are 17 years old, you can enrol provisionally. You will then be automatically included on the roll when you turn 18.
You will be entitled to vote if you are 18 on election day, even if you turn 18 after the close of rolls for an election.
To enrol provisionally, fill out an enrolment form.
I don't want my address on the roll for safety reasons
If you believe your safety or your family's safety would be at risk by showing your address on the roll, you can apply to enrol as a ‘silent elector’
Silent electors are voters whose addresses are not shown on any electoral roll. Each time you change your address, you still have to fill in a standard enrolment form but you will remain a silent elector for your new address.
Each voter who is applying to become a silent elector must fill in a form. The form must be witnessed by an authorised person. The form has a list of who can be an authorised person.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic there may be some delays in processing enrolment updates.
If there is an imminent threat to your safety and you want your application to be considered urgently, you can contact us on 1300 805 478.
Please note: becoming a silent elector will not apply to previous copies of the roll.
People with a cognitive disability or impairment
You can apply to remove a person from the roll if they are incapable of understanding the nature or significance of enrolling and voting.
A medical practitioner (for example a doctor or a psychologist) must verify this by completing the medical certificate section on an objection form.
We then write to the person before removing them from the roll to give them a chance to contest the decision.
People living with a disability are one part of the community that is under-represented at the ballot box. The following brochure has information for families and carers of people with a cognitive disability or impairment:
- Enrolment and voting for families and carers (PDF, 328kB)
- Enrolment and voting for families and carers (Word, 279kB)
Service providers and carers play an important role in enabling people with disabilities to participate in elections.
We can visit your organisation to:
- speak with staff and carers about the importance of voting
- look at electoral enrolment for people with disability
- provide an overview of accessible services available during an election.
To find out more or book a session contact our Education and Inclusion team on 131 832.
Enrolling without a home
You can enrol using a No fixed address enrolment form if you are either:
- experiencing homelessness
- don't have access to safe and secure housing
- temporarily travelling or working with no address to come back to.
Using this form, you enrol for the address where:
- you last lived for at least one month
- one of your family is currently enrolled
- you were born, if neither of the above apply
- you have the closest connection, if none of the above apply.
Find out more about enrolling without a home on the AEC website.
Our Homeless not Voteless program provides training to homelessness workers.
We can visit community service agencies to:
- speak with staff about our services and how to help clients to enrol to vote
- run outreach sessions and ensure that clients who are eligible enrol to vote
- provide voting services during a general election for people experiencing homelessness.
To find out more or book a session contact our Education and Inclusion team on 131 832.
We receive information from:
- Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
- Births, Deaths and Marriages
- the Australian Electoral Commission.
We will write to you to ask if there is any reason why you should not be directly enrolled. If you do not reply, we will enrol you.
I need confirmation of my enrolled address
Some organisations may request you to provide a confirmation of your enrolled address.
You can search and print information about your current details through Check my enrolment.
If you require additional information, you can request a letter of confirmation from us. To apply, email us your request. You must provide the following information:
- your full name
- current residential address
- date of birth
- contact phone number
- the relevant dates and addresses you require confirmation for.
We can only send a confirmation of enrolment letter:
- to the applicant’s currently enrolled address
- to the email address on our records.
You may also collect the letter in person at the VEC office by showing photo ID.
If your address has changed, or we do not have your email on record, please update your details before you make a request.
I cannot sign my name
The enrolment form normally requires a person to sign the form.
If you cannot sign your name because of physical incapacity, you can provide an enrolment form for people who are unable to sign.
This allows another enrolled voter to sign on your behalf. It requires a medical certificate to be completed as evidence.
Enrolment for prisoners
If you are serving a prison sentence under five years, you are still required to enrol for State and local council elections. You remain enrolled for your address at the time of your conviction. During an election, you will be able to vote by post. We also set up mobile voting centres at some prisons during a State election.
More information (downloads)
Enrolment and voting for prisoners brochure (PDF, 346 kB)
Enrolment and voting for prisoners brochure (Word, 84 kB)
I'm working in Antarctica
You can enrol as an Antarctic elector for the period you are working at a station there. You can remain enrolled for your address in Victoria and vote in that electorate.Enrol as an Antarctic elector with the AEC
If you need help with your enrolment or have any questions, you can contact our enrolment helpline on 1300 805 478 or by email to email@example.com.
Please note that we cannot update enrolment details over the phone or discuss a voter’s information with someone other than that voter.