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How to enrol to vote in the 2022 Australian federal elections

Според Австралийската Избирателна Комисия, почти 400,000 нови Австралийски граждани са се регистрирали да гласуват тази година. Source: AEC

Register on time to vote for the 2022 federal election

With the federal election due to take place before the end of May, there are steps you must take before casting your vote for the first time.

Many resources are available to help you enrol to vote, and to have your say in shaping our nation.

The federal election is an opportunity to have your say by voting to elect Australia’s government. This happens approximately every three years.

Although voting is compulsory for most Australians, you must first check your eligibility.

Evan Ekin-Smyth is Spokesperson for the Australian Electoral Commission, or AEC.

You typically have one week after the election date is announced to make sure you’re included on the electoral roll.

The form will request some identification, such as an Australian passport, driver’s licence, or citizenship certificate. Just make sure you have it ready before you apply to enrol online. There is no need to attach the information, but you will need to refer to it.

If you do not have any form of identification, or have misplaced or lost it, it is important to make sure that you apply for it well in advance. Waiting time for issuing identification can vary from one jurisdiction to another, and in some cases can take up to four weeks.

Once you are on the electoral roll you can vote at any federal, state, or local government election in the future. This is why it is vital that you keep your details current, says Mohammad Al-Khafaji, CEO of FECCA, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia.

The AEC will help you to keep your details current, says Evan Ekin-Smyth.

If you are not sure whether you are already on the electoral roll, you can find out at aec.gov.au/check or phone 13 23 26.

For those who don’t have access to the internet, paper enrolment forms are available from any AEC office, or you can call 13 23 26 and they will send one in the mail.

There are other considerations that can prevent migrant communities from enrolling to vote, such as language and cultural barriers, says FECCA CEO Mr Al-Khafaji.

The AEC’s website includes eligibility and enrolment guidelines, translated in your language. They also provide a Telephone Interpreter Service.

In addition, the AEC website offers ‘easy read guides’ that are written using simple English and illustrations.

Ivy Zhuo is a Settlement Support Worker with Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania. She helps to guide new citizens through the voting enrolment process in a variety of ways.

The Migrant Resource Centre provides a comfortable environment for those who don’t know where to begin with the enrolment process.

Most clients use the online service, even though their English ability is quite limited, says Ms Zhuo.

This resource is openly available via the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania website.

So, what are the consequences for failing to enrol to vote?

Failure to vote does result in a fine. But putting aside the fact that voting is compulsory, keep in mind that you’ll miss out on your say if you don’t enrol, says Evan Ekin-Smyth.

Head to aec.gov.au to enrol in time for the 2022 federal election.

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