In 2010–11, Program 1.1 comprised two deliverables, as shown in Table 4.
|Objective||Voter entitlement for Australians and support for electoral events and redistributions through maintaining an accurate and up-to-date electoral roll.|
|Deliverables||Electoral roll management.
Maintain multiple streams of contact with electors to encourage them to enrol and keep their enrolment up-to-date.
|Support services for electoral redistributions.
Deliver support for the redistributions culminating in the AEC providing updated electoral boundary redistribution maps and advice to impacted electors.
|Performance report||Electoral roll management.||Support services for electoral redistributions|
The number of people enrolled to vote increased by 239 663 to 14 141 503 at 30 June 2011, an increase of 1.7 per cent from 30 June 2010. The AEC estimates that this represents 90.9 per cent of those who were eligible to enrol.
The AEC faced several challenges in providing enrolment services to the Australian electorate during 2010–11. Following the announcement of the federal election on 17 July, the AEC made 85 966 additions to the electoral roll prior to the initial deadline for enrolment on 22 July 2010. After a High Court decision on 6 August 2010, which extended the period for enrolling to vote, the AEC processed additional enrolment applications. As a consequence, 14 088 260 electors were enrolled to vote at the federal election on 21 August 2010.
During 2010–11, the AEC implemented legislative change designed to improve the efficiency and flexibility of the provision of enrolment services to electors, and to assist specific groups of electors to maintain their franchise. As a result of amendments to the Electoral Act:
The AEC processed more than 2.4 million elector transactions during 2010–11. This represented an increase of 3.5 per cent (or some 81 000 more transactions) on the number of transactions in 2009–10. More than three-quarters of those enrolment transactions were processed within three business days of their receipt by the AEC.
Under the Electoral Act, the AEC provides various extracts of the electoral roll, known as roll products and services, for specific purposes. In 2010–11, the AEC provided timely and accurate roll products for 60 electoral events, some 600 roll products to state and territory electoral commissions under joint roll arrangements, and 1 917 roll products to selected recipients with entitlements specified in the Electoral Act.
The AEC provided support and analysis for redistributions in Victoria and South Australia during 2010–11.
During 2011–12, the AEC will continue to ensure that the electoral roll is as up-to-date and accurate as possible by:
The redistribution of federal electoral boundaries in South Australia will conclude during 2011–12; a report detailing the new boundaries will be released in late 2011.