Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
High Commission address: Australia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LA

Federal Election 2010

The Australian Federal Election will be held in Australia on Saturday, 21 August 2010.


Australians listed on the current electoral roll are eligible to vote from overseas. To check whether you are enrolled, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at www.aec.gov.au/check or telephone the AEC on +61 2 6271 4411. The Australian High Commission cannot answer queries on entitlement to vote or on enrolment procedures.


Enrolment and voting by people outside Australia is NOT compulsory. However, if you are enrolled and you do not vote, or apply for a postal vote at a federal election, your electoral enrolment may be cancelled. Please visit www.aec.gov.au to download an ‘overseas notification form’.


If you are not in Australia on polling day and you have not informed the AEC, you will not be fined for not voting. In due course the AEC will write to you, asking you to explain why you did not vote. This will be your opportunity to explain that you were overseas on polling day.


Pre-poll and postal voting services will be offered by the Australian High Commission, which is located at Australia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LA (corner of Aldwych and Strand).


Pre-poll Voting (in person)
The High Commission will be open for you to cast a pre-poll vote in person during the following times:

Monday 9 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday 10 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday 11 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Thursday 12 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Friday 13 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Saturday 14 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Sunday 15 August 2010 CLOSED
Monday 16 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Tuesday 17 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Wednesday 18 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Thursday 19 August 2010 11:00 – 20:00
Friday 20 August 2010 11:00 – 22:00
 

We will not open on Saturday 21 August 2010 due to the time difference between London and the closing of polls at 6pm Western Australia time.


We anticipate many Australians visiting Australia House to vote. Appointments will not be offered. Voters will be security checked and seen in the order they arrive. To avoid delays we recommend people do not bring large bags/backpacks with them when they vote. We also recommend that any ‘dangerous’ goods (such as scissors or knives) not be brought to the High Commission. You do not need to bring identification.


Due to the large number of Australian’s wishing to vote, lengthy delays may be experienced.


Postal Voting
If you do not wish to vote in person, you can also vote by post. To do this, you must first complete a Postal Vote Application form which can be downloaded from the www.aec.gov.au. After you have downloaded the form, printed it off, completed it and had it witnessed by an appropriate witness (see AEC website), please either post it to:

Assistant Returning Officer
Australian High Commission
Australia House
Strand
London WC2B 4LA
Or fax +44 (0) 207 887 5043 or email a scanned copy to election.london@dfat.gov.au


Only after the Australian High Commission has received permission from the AEC to release the ballot papers to voters by post, will those who have lodged Postal Vote Applications be mailed their ballot papers. Postal Vote Applications will not be accepted after 5pm Wednesday 18 August 2010. Completed ballot papers that are returned to the Australian High Commission must be postmarked no later than Friday 20 August 2010.


You may also return your materials to the Divisional Returning Officer for your Division in Australia, who can receive postal votes up to thirteen days after the election, as long as they are postmarked no later than Friday 20 August 2010.
For further information about the 2010 federal election, please visit www.aec.gov.au or email info@aec.gov.au.


For information on the voting services at the Australian High Commission for the 2010 federal election, please email election.london@dfat.gov.au or call (020) 7887 5555.