General postal voters are people who are automatically mailed a ballot pack for all elections in their area. They must complete and return their ballot pack before election day.
You can become a general postal voter if you cannot go to a voting centre for any of the following reasons:
- you live 20 km or further from a voting centre
- you are seriously ill or infirm, or care for someone who is seriously ill or infirm
- you are 70 years or older*
- you are in prison, detention or custody
- you are a silent elector
- you are unable to attend a voting centre for religious reasons
- you are a registered overseas elector.
*If you apply to become a general postal voter because you are 70 or older, you will not automatically receive a ballot pack for Federal elections. This is because of different Victorian and Commonwealth electoral laws.
How to become a general postal voter
You can find more information and apply to become a general postal voter through the Australian Electoral Commission.