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A Guide To Voting When Living With Disability

The Australian Federal Election is just around the corner on Saturday 21st May, 2022. To ensure Australians living with disability are not disadvantaged from participating in the electoral system, the AEC can assist with voting and help you find more information.

It is compulsory for all elibible Australians over the age of 18 to enrol and vote in federal elections. The Australian Electoral Commission provides assistance and various options so anyone can participate.

Easy Read Guides

You can download easy read versions of guides that explain how to enrol and vote at a federal election.

How to enrol to vote
How to vote at a polling place
How to vote by mail
How to vote for the House of Representatives
How to vote in the Senate
Your vote for the House of Representatives and the Senate

Accessing The AEC Website

The AEC website features the ReadSpeaker application which reads the content aloud. If you are deaf or live with hearing difficulties, you can contact the National Relay Service (NRS).

Registering As A Postal Voter

If you will be unable to travel to a polling place to vote at the 2022 federal election, you can apply for a postal vote.

You can apply to be a general postal voter through the Australian Electoral Commission. You will be given a link to download a PDF form which you will need to fill in, scan and upload to the AEC.

If you don't have access to a computer you can collect a form from your local AEC office or post office. You can then complete this form and return by fax, mail or in person to your local AEC office. Find your local AEC office here.

Eligible reasons for being a postal voter include:

  • Lives at an address that is 20 kilometres away from a polling booth
  • A patient in a hospital or nursing home and cannot travel to a polling booth
  • Unable to get to a polling booth due to being sick, or ill due to ageing, at home
  • You are caring for someone who is seriously ill or an infirm person
  • Are serving a prison sentence less than 3 years
  • You are registered as a silent elector
  • Cannot attend a polling booth due to your religious beliefs
  • Do not have the physical capacity to sign your name
  • You are registered as an overseas elector
  • You are a member of the defence force or a defence civilian, or an Australian Federal Police officer or staff member, who is serving overseas

Mobile Voting

If you are unable to attend a polling booth to cast your vote due to illness, or a hospital stay, you may be able to vote early in the lead up to the election through mobile polling booths. Click here to learn more.

Telephone Voting

For people who live with blindness or low vision, you are able to use the AEC's telephone voting system to cast your vote. Click here to learn more.

Early Voting

If you are unable to get to a polling booth on the day of the election you may be able to vote early at an early voting booth.

To find a location, date and time, please click here.

Voting On Election Day

Accessibility systems are in place to ensure everyone can acess their right to vote at a polling booth.

Most polling booths will provide accessible aids such as pencil grips, magnifying sheets and chairs for people who are unable to stand for long periods of time. You may speak with election staff on the day and they can prioritise a place in the queue for you and in some instances may be able to bring the ballot paper to the car for you. You can also nominate a trusted person to fill out the ballot form on your behalf.

Stay COVID-Safe While Voting

Don't forget, COVID-19 is still circulating in our community. It is still important to practice COVID safe measures when out and about including:

  • Social distancing
  • Hand sanitising
  • Queue management
  • Frequent and thorough cleaning of high-touch surfaces by dedicated hygiene officers
  • Single-use pencils, if you forget to bring your own
  • Masks
  • COVID check-ins (which may differ depending on the State/Territory you live in)
  • Election staff will be double vaccinated

Don't forget, a Careseekers care and support worker can assist you in accessing a polling booth. Click here to start searching for a great worker.

To become a care or support worker, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/carer

To find disability support services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/disability-support-workers

To find aged care services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/aged-care-workers

To make a referral, please visit https://www.careseekers.com.au/referrals