Australians will vote in the 2019 federal election on May the 18th.Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement after meeting with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove early on Thursday, April 11.
Public servants are now in what is known as "caretaker mode".
Caretaker mode refers to a period of time prior to a general election when the Governor-General dissolves the government until a new one is elected.
A caretaker government is not allowed to make major appointments of public officials; make major policy decisions, except on urgent matters; enter major contracts; or enter into major international negotiations.
Labor has criticised Mr Morrison for the timing of his announcement.
The announcement, historically made on a Sunday, has forced the cancellation of two days’ worth of Senate estimates hearings, where the government was due to be questioned on issues such as the Adani coal mine and Murray Darling fish kills.
It's compulsory for all Australian citizens to vote in the federal election, but not everyone has to cast a ballot on election day.
As the campaign gets underway, an increasing number of people are choosing to vote early at federal elections.
But the Australian Electoral Commission [A-E-C] says voters still need to have a valid reason for choosing to do so.
In order to vote, you must be enrolled with Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
Enrolment forms are available online on the Australian Electoral Commission ((AEC)) website, from any post office, or state electoral office.
The AEC says all people need to do is fill in the form and ask another person already on the electoral roll to witness the application.
Evan Ekin-Smyth from the AEC says, for those who may need helping understanding the process, the Electoral Commission provides interpreters and information about voting in languages other than English.
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