Year in review

AEC overview

Report on performance: Program 1.1 Electoral roll management

Report on performance: Program 1.2 Election management and support services

Report on performance: Program 1.3 Education and communication

Management and accountability

Financial statements



Developments since the end of the financial year that affect the AEC's operations

Updated: 17 October 2011

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) tabled its report The 2010 federal election: report on the conduct of the election and related matters on 7 July 2011. The report contains 37 recommendations covering a range of electoral matters, including recommendations to:

  • enable direct enrolment and direct update of enrolment,
  • allow enrolment at the time of voting,
  • require that postal vote applications be returned directly to the AEC,
  • undertake a trial of issuing absent votes as ordinary votes, and
  • adopt a savings provision for House of Representatives votes to reduce the level of informality.

The AEC is currently examining the report with a view to providing input to the development of the government's response to the report. The implementation of many of the recommendations would require changes to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984.

The government response to the JSCEM report Inquiry into the 2007 federal election: events in the Division of Lindsay was tabled in July 2011. The Special Minister of State is to review the penalty provisions with advice from the Department of Finance and Deregulation, other agencies and the Attorney-General's Department as required.