Become a general postal voter

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.

Who can become a general postal voter?

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 care for someone who is seriously ill
  • 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.

Apply to become a general postal voter