Year in review

AEC overview

Report on performance: Outcome 1

Report on performance: Outcome 2

Report on performance: Outcome 3

Management and accountability



Financial statements


Updated: 25 November 2010

Developing and maintaining partnerships with other organisations, both in Australia and overseas, is one of the strategies the AEC uses to achieve its outcomes. Table 5 provides just a few examples of the partnerships that the AEC engaged in during 2009–10.

Table 5 Key partnerships supporting AEC outcomes
Partners Activities
Outcome 1
Australian Government agencies and other organisations with access to age and address information

Governed by memorandums of understanding (MOUs), the AEC uses data from the National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System, Centrelink and Australia Post to target mailing for people who are eligible to enrol but are not enrolled or no longer reside at the address for which they are enrolled.

Australian Government agencies and organisations with shop fronts or offices that deliver services to the public

Through the use of ongoing arrangements to display enrolment forms in shop fronts of Centrelink, Australia Post, Medicare, the Australian Taxation Office and some Rural Transaction Centres, the AEC provides a convenient means by which people can access forms to enrol or update their enrolment details.

Australian Government Information Management Office and Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Through an ongoing arrangement to deliver online access to enrolment forms (including the AEC SmartForm) and information about the enrolment process on the website, the AEC provides another convenient means by which people can access forms to enrol or update their enrolment details.

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

The AEC validates claims of citizenship against the department's data as one of a number of enrolment eligibility checks.

State and territory electoral authorities

Through joint roll arrangements, the AEC works with state and territory electoral authorities to maintain a complete, accurate and up-to-date electoral roll, and to manage the close of rolls and provision of roll products for local and/or state elections and electoral activities.

Other state government agencies and organisations

The AEC uses collaborative partnerships with state government agencies and organisations to maintain and grow the roll. In Queensland and Western Australia, enrolment forms are included when state departments of transport send change of address labels for driver's licences to customers who have advised that their addresses have changed.

Electoral Council of Australia

The Electoral Council of Australia comprises senior staff of the AEC and the state and territory electoral commissioners. It provides a forum that enables joint initiatives such as sharing equipment across jurisdictions, conducting a national research conference, investigating the establishment of an internet-based election research repository and developing a national standard on voting for voters who are blind or have low vision.

Outcome 2

The AEC's strategic partnership agreement with AusAID provides a framework for close cooperation between the two agencies.

Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE)

The AEC is the lead agency in the BRIDGE partnership, which includes the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division; the United Nations Development Programme; the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance; and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.

It is the role of the partners to support the development of BRIDGE curriculum materials and associated pedagogical materials; to manage the process for training and accrediting BRIDGE facilitators; and to foster and actively promote the effective use of BRIDGE courses, modules and materials throughout the world.

Fair Work Australia

The AEC works closely with Fair Work Australia, which issues the directions and orders that direct the AEC to conduct industrial elections and protected action ballots.

International electoral authorities

The AEC maintains good working relationships with election management bodies throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and more broadly. The AEC is also a member of the steering committee established to support the development of a network of election management bodies of Commonwealth countries.

State and territory electoral authorities

Under an MOU, the Northern Territory Electoral Commission maintains and manages an electoral services centre in Alice Springs.

Department of Defence

The Department of Defence and the Australian Defence Force are working together with the AEC to provide voting services for Australian Defence Force personnel, including those located outside Australia.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides voting services, and promotes enrolment and voting, for Australians overseas. For the 2010 federal election, this partnership will provide polling facilities in more than 100 overseas locations, allowing Australians living and travelling overseas to participate.


For the 2010 federal election, Centrelink will provide a call centre facility to respond to telephone and email inquiries and product requests from the general public.

Australia Post

Under an MOU, Australia Post provides enhanced mail services related to postal voting.

Blind and Low Vision Reference Group

A reference group of service providers and representatives is assisting the AEC to find a suitable and acceptable method of secret voting for voters who are blind or have low vision. An interim model, using a call centre, has been developed for the 2010 federal election.

Outcome 3
Museum of Australian Democracy

The AEC has supplied advice and artefacts to support the Museum of Australian Democracy's development of museum exhibitions related to electoral processes. The AEC and the museum are working to find ways to cooperate to deliver programs to schools and community groups.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority

The AEC has established a relationship with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority as a contributor to the national civics curriculum development process. The AEC is involved in dialogue at senior levels, contributes to consultative forums and gives feedback on draft curriculums.

Parliamentary Education Office

The AEC has had a scoping discussion with the Parliamentary Education Office to establish common program objectives in the field of civics education. A follow-up meeting has identified a specific common area of interest which will be pursued in 2010–11.

triple j

The AEC has a collaborative relationship with the ABC's triple j radio station, particularly in relation to engaging with young Australians and encouraging them to enrol and vote, through the Rock Enrol campaign.

Constitution Education Fund Australia

The AEC and the Constitution Education Fund Australia share objectives in civics education and are exploring joint initiatives, such as AusCivics, to promote civics and to engage school students on the importance of voting and the Australian democracy.