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



Purpose and values

Updated: 17 October 2011

Table 1 sets out the role, functions, values and other key attributes of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), as described in the five-year strategic plan that commenced in July 2009.

Table 1 Organisational overview
Why we are here The role of the AEC is to deliver the franchise: that is, an Australian citizen's right to vote, as established by the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.
What we do We:
  • manage the federal electoral roll,
  • manage the electoral roll for state electoral commissions,
  • conduct elections and referendums, including industrial and fee-for-service elections and protected action ballots,
  • educate and inform the community about electoral rights and responsibilities,
  • provide research, advice and assistance on electoral matters to the parliament, other government agencies and recognised bodies,
  • provide assistance in overseas elections and referendums in support of wider government initiatives,
  • administer election funding, financial disclosure and party registration requirements, and
  • support electoral redistributions.
Who we serve Our services are used by a wide range of customers, including electors, political parties, state and local government, the parliament, the government and organisations requiring electoral services. The pursuit of high standards in each of those areas ensures that all Australians have a say in who their elected representatives will be.
What we value As an independent statutory body, we embrace the values of the Australian Public Service in the high standards of behaviour we display on a day-to-day basis. In particular, we:
  • conduct our business in a non-partisan manner with fairness and impartiality,
  • maintain high standards of integrity and ethical behaviour,
  • respect and uphold the law,
  • are tolerant of difference, sensitive to special needs and show respect for one another,
  • are open, transparent and accountable in what we do, and
  • respect and listen to our clients and stakeholders and each other.
We abide by the following principles:
  • We act to serve the Australian people and the federal parliament.
  • We strive for excellence.
  • We never knowingly mislead anyone.