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



Case study: Four Countries Conference

Updated: 18 October 2011

The AEC hosted the Four Countries Conference from 8–10 June 2011. The conference provided a forum for electoral administrators from four countries with similar, well-established parliamentary democracies – Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom – to compare experiences and exchange ideas on electoral developments and other issues of common interest.

The 2011 conference was the third meeting of the four countries; previous meetings took place in Canada and the United Kingdom. The theme of the conference was 'The look of future electoral processes'.

The conference comprised a series of presentations and roundtable discussions, including:

  • a presentation on Indigenous electoral participation by the Director of the AEC's Indigenous Electoral Participation Program,
  • a presentation on the management of new technologies by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada,
  • a joint presentation on the role of electoral research by a First Assistant Commissioner of the AEC and the Chair of the AEC Commissioner's Advisory Board on Electoral Research,
  • a presentation on the newly established Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security by the Director for Asia–Pacific at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), and
  • a presentation by the Chief Executive Officer and the Chair of the Electoral Commission of the United Kingdom on the work that has been done in that country to tighten up electoral processes and provide accurate information to address voter concerns about a perceived problem of electoral fraud.

In addition, the delegates visited the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and the AEC's National Electoral Education Centre. The official conference dinner was attended by the delegates and the AEC Executive along with the Special Minister of State and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Mr Daryl Melham MP (Chair) and the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP.

The next meeting is scheduled to be held in 2013 in New Zealand.