What if I didn't vote?

If you fail to vote you will receive an 'apparent failure to vote' notice asking for an explanation.

If you are enrolled to vote, then you must vote in all Federal, State and local council elections, statutory elections and polls.

If you are aged 70 or over, you are excused from voting in local council elections.

If you were required to vote at an election but did not:

  • You may receive an 'apparent failure to vote' notice asking you to explain.
  • You should wait until you receive the ‘apparent failure to vote’ notice and reply in writing on the form provided.
  • You must respond to this notice.

If you receive a notice and your excuse for failing to vote, or explanation of how, where and when you voted is considered sufficient, then no further action will be taken.

What if I didn’t respond or provide a sufficient excuse?

If you don’t respond to an ‘apparent failure to vote notice’ or if your excuse for failing to vote is not considered sufficient, you will receive an infringement notice with a fine of half a penalty unit ($79 as at 1 July 2017).

You must pay this fine or take other action within 42 days of the date of the infringement notice. The matter will become more serious and costly if you ignore this notice.

You have the following options if you receive an infringement notice:

Information on how to seek legal assistance is also available.

What if I do not pay the fine?

If you do not pay your fine by the due date then you will be sent a penalty reminder notice, requiring you to pay the original fine plus costs ($23.00). This notice will give you a further 42 days to pay or take other action.

The same rights and responsibilities and payment options apply to a penalty reminder notice as an infringement notice.

If you do not pay your fine during the penalty reminder stage, your details will be provided to the Infringements Court (external link) for further action. The Infringements Court will then issue an enforcement order. Higher penalties apply to enforcement orders.

I need more assistance

Call 1300 551 575 during business hours to speak to a customer service representative.

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