Failure to Vote

Voting at State general elections, by-elections and referenda is compulsory.

If you did not vote at a State election or referendum you may receive a notice in the mail seeking an explanation of your apparent failure to vote. Please complete the form and return it in the envelope provided.

Electors who fail to vote at a State election and do not provide a valid and sufficient reason for such failure, will be fined.

The penalty for first time offenders is $20, and this increases to $50 if you have previously paid a penalty or been convicted of this offence. If you do not have a valid excuse, you can pay the penalty and that will end the matter.

Electors who do not respond to notices or do not pay the prescribed penalty may have the matter referred to the Fines Enforcement Registry and could lose their driver's licence.

If you have any queries regarding a notice for failing to vote, please email

Local government elections

Voting in local government elections is not compulsory, but all electors are strongly encouraged to participate in voting for their local government representatives.