Voters have only one week to enrol for the election

The deadline for Australian citizens to enrol to vote with the Australian Electoral Commission is 8pm on Monday, August 12.
The deadline for Australian citizens to enrol to vote with the Australian Electoral Commission is 8pm on Monday, August 12.

CONSIDERING a September election was first announced by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard on January 30, you would have to have been living under a rock to not know an election was fast approaching.

Surprisingly though there's still thousands of people who haven't registered to vote with the Australian Electoral Commission.

On top of that there's an even larger number of people who haven't updated their details since the last election.

If you think you have until the September 7 election date to right this wrong - think again.

Australians must act by the deadline of 8pm on Monday, August 12 to ensure they are enrolled to vote.

Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn said all Australian citizens aged 18 years and over are required by law to enrol and vote in the Saturday 7 September federal election.


"To enrol, go online at Enrolments can also be completed by tablet or smartphone," Mr Killesteyn said.

"It's important that you enrol now, because if you are not enrolled by the deadline you won't be able to vote in the 2013 federal election."

Paper enrolment forms are available at any AEC office, Australia Post, Centrelink or Medicare outlet, and must be completed and returned to the AEC by the deadline.

Mr Killesteyn urged all Australians to take the time to check that their address details were up-to-date on the electoral roll.

"Every time you move, you must update your address on the electoral roll. You can do this online at," Mr Killesteyn said.

"If you haven't kept your enrolment details up-to-date, you could have been removed from the electoral roll. If you're unsure if you are on the roll, check your details now at or call the AEC on 13 23 26.

"Don't leave it to the last minute to enrol and risk missing out on your vote. It only takes a few minutes to enrol or update your details online."

Seventeen year old Australians turning eighteen on or before the election date can also enrol and vote in the federal election.

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