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:
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.