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Australian elections

Australian Federal Election - Saturday 18 May 2019

The Australian Federal Election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019.

For full and up to date information on the election, visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website, or call the AEC on +61 2 6160 2600 (charges apply). You can also follow the AEC's Twitter account: @AusElectoralCom.

If you will be overseas at the time of the election and would like to vote, you can do so by post or in person at some locations (see below).

To vote, you must be enrolled. To enrol, check or update your details, visit www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline for enrolling or updating your details is 8pm Thursday 18 April 2019 (Australian local time in the electorate in which you are enrolled).

It is not compulsory to vote if you are not in Australia at the time of the election. If you will be overseas on election day and unable to vote, you can advise the AEC by completing on Overseas Notification Form.

Postal Voting

You can apply for a postal vote from now until 6pm Western Australian standard time (AWST) on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

Apply early to ensure that your ballot pack is received in time. To be included in the count of votes, your postal vote must be completed and witnessed on or before election day and reach the AEC no later than Friday 31 May 2019.

Ballot packs can be posted to an overseas address free of charge, but you are responsible for return postage.

In-person Early Voting

In-person early voting will be offered at the locations below, provided ballot papers have been received. 

Please note that in-person voting will not be available on election day, as the polls will have already closed in Australia.

You will not require ID to vote, but you will need government-issued photo ID (such as a passport or driver's licence) to access the Embassy and Consulates-General.


In-person voting locations      


Dates - weekdays only     


Voting hours - weekdays only     

Australian Consulate-General
123 N Wacker Dr
Suite 1330
Chicago IL 60606

13 May - 17 May 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm

Australian Consulate-General
1000 Bishop St
Honolulu HI 96813

13 May - 17 May 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm

Los Angeles
Australian Consulate-General
2029 Century Park East
Suite 3150
Los Angeles CA 90067

13 May - 17 May 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm

New York
Australian Consulate-General
150 East 42nd St
34th floor
New York NY 10017

6 May - 17 May 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm

San Francisco
Australian Consulate-General
575 Market St
San Francisco CA 94105

6 May - 17 May 2019

9:00am - 4:00pm

Note: On 17 May, voting hours are 9:00am - 3:00pm

Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20036

8 May - 17 May 2019

9:00am - 4:30pm

Note: On 17 May, voting hours are 9:00am - 2:00pm



























In-person voting will not be available at the Australian Consulate-General in Houston or the Honorary Consulates in Denver or Miami.