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



Legislative framework

Updated: 17 October 2011

The AEC operates as an independent agency under the Electoral Act. The major legislative provisions under which the AEC develops its core business processes, purpose, values and leadership capabilities, and conducts its activities, are summarised in Table 2.

Table 2 Legislative framework
Legislative instrument AEC function
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 Conducting certain Torres Strait Regional Authority elections
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 Conducting federal elections

Maintaining and updating the Commonwealth electoral roll, including evidence of identity requirements

Promoting public awareness of electoral and parliamentary matters through information and education programs

Providing international electoral assistance in cases approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Conducting and promoting research into electoral matters and other matters that relate to AEC functions

Registering political parties

Paying public funding to election candidates and parties, and publishing financial details of political parties and others

Determining representation entitlements (redistributions)
Electoral and Referendum Regulations 1940 Conducting federal elections and referendums and providing elector information
Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 Conducting industrial elections
Fair Work Act 2009 Conducting protected action ballots
Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 Managing public money and property
Freedom of Information Act 1982 Holding and releasing documents
Privacy Act 1988 Storing, using and disclosing personal information
Public Service Act 1999 Ensuring the effective and fair employment, management and leadership of its employees
Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 Conducting federal referendums
Representation Act 1983 Conducting federal elections