What happens at a voting centre

When you vote at a voting centre, we will ask:

  • your name and address
  • if you have already voted in the election.

We will also:

  • confirm your electorate
  • mark your name on the roll to record you have voted
  • give you your ballot paper(s).

You will then be directed to a voting compartment so you can fill in your ballot paper(s) privately. You must then place your completed ballot paper(s) in the ballot box.

Help available

Help from a trusted person

You can ask someone you trust (like a friend, family member, or carer) to come with you to a voting centre and help you fill out your ballot papers.

It is important that this person fills out your ballot paper the way you tell them to.

Help from election staff

Our election staff are happy to help you fill out your ballot papers. We’ll be wearing maroon vests, so we’ll be easy to find at a voting centre.

Wheelchair access

Each voting centre is audited and given an accessibility rating, which is displayed on voting centre signage.

You’ll be able to look up each voting centre’s accessibility rating online, along with accessibility information during an election.

Assistive devices

All voting centres will have:

  • at least one accessible voting screen or a table-top voting screen
  • magnifying sheets
  • maxi pencils.

Information for carers

Our guide for families, carers and supporters of people with a cognitive impairment due to disabilities or age-related illnesses is full of tips and advice for helping someone you care for to enrol and vote in an election.

Download guide for families, carers and supporters.

Help in your language

For every major election we translate information on how to enrol, find your candidates and vote into 20 languages, including Auslan.

Some of our election staff can speak other languages as well as English. At a voting centre, they’ll be wearing a sticker to let you know which languages they speak. 

Find election information in your language.

You can also talk to us in any language by phoning 03 9209 0112 during business hours.