The Australian Federal Election will be held on 2 July 2016.
Early voting centres will be open from Tuesday 14 June 2016 in Australia, including at some airports, and from 20 June 2016 at some overseas missions. The locations and times for all early voting centres are available at the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website.
The AEC recommends that where possible voters should vote before leaving Australia at an early voting centre or utilise the online postal vote application service.
Lodging a postal vote does not require you to attend an Australian mission overseas. Taking advantage of the postal vote option means you can avoid any queues and delays that may result from the strict security arrangements that are in place at most Australian missions. You can apply for a postal vote online on the AEC website. You should apply for a postal vote now to ensure there is enough time for your ballot papers to be sent to you.
Early voting will be available at the Australian Consulate-General, Noumea (11 rue Georges Baudoux) between 10am and 3pm on Friday 24 June and between 10am and 3pm, Friday 1 July. You will be required to bring your passport for identification please. You should also confirm which Australian address you are currently enrolled at in order to be issued with the correct ballot papers for your electorate. Voters are advised to check the AEC website for their enrolment details.
Note that voting will not be available at our Honorary Consulate in Papeete, French Polynesia. Australians in French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna should refer to the AEC website for alternative ways to vote, including the online postal vote application service.
For Australians travelling overseas during the election period you should notify the AEC that you are overseas or going overseas by completing the overseas notification form available on the AEC website.
Further information on the federal election is available on the AEC website – www.aec.gov.au.
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