The AEC has one key outcome:

Maintain an impartial and independent electoral system for eligible voters through active electoral roll management, efficient delivery of polling services and targeted education and public awareness programs.

Three programs in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2012–13 meet this outcome:

  • Program 1.1: Electoral Roll Management
  • Program 1.2: Election Management and Support Services
  • Program 1.3: Education and Communication

Program 1.1 Electoral Roll Management

Objective: Voter entitlement for Australians and support for electoral
events and redistributions through maintaining an accurate and up-to-date electoral roll.

To do this the AEC delivers:

  • Electoral roll management: The AEC maintains multiple streams of contact with voters to encourage them to enrol and keep their enrolment up-to-date.
  • Support services for electoral redistributions: The AEC provides support for the redistribution process and provides updated electoral boundary redistribution maps and advice to voters in redistributed divisions.

Program 1.2: Election Management and Support Services

Objective: Access to an impartial and independent electoral system through the provision of election services, assistance and advice.

To do this the AEC delivers:

  • Federal elections, by-elections and referendums: The AEC provides products and services to support the conduct of a federal election or referendum.
  • Party registrations: The AEC maintains the Register of Political Parties as required by the Electoral Act and assists people applying for party registration.
  • Funding and disclosure services: The AEC ensures transparency and accountability in political funding and expenditure by participants in the political process at the federal level. It maintains products to assist people meet reporting obligations to lodge accurate and timely returns in accordance with the requirements of the Electoral Act.
  • Industrial elections and Protected Action Ballots: The AEC conducts timely and transparent industrial elections in accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and each organisation’s rules. The AEC conducts protected action ballots in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009 and Fair Work Australia orders.
  • Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) elections: The AEC delivers products and services to support the conduct of TSRA elections, conducted in line with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005.
  • Fee-for-service elections: The AEC delivers elections and ballots for authorities and organisations on a full cost recovery basis in accordance with the AEC’s minimum standards. The AEC also assist with the conduct of state, territory and local government elections where requested by the relevant electoral body.
  • Advice and assistance in overseas elections: In cases approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the AEC provides advice and assistance in matters relating to elections and referendums to authorities of foreign countries or to foreign organisations. In the process, capacity-building materials are developed.

Program 1.3: Education and Communication

Objective: Informed Australians through the provision of information services on electoral matters.

To do this the AEC delivers:

  • Electoral education:
    • through a variety of electoral education services
    • use of online technology to deliver supporting resource material
    • via collaboration and partnerships with other government and non-government agencies to deliver quality civics education
  • Communication strategies and services:
    • through the AEC’s communication strategy to support the conduct of the next federal election and referendums
    • use of contemporary technology to deliver products and services in line with the community’s preference for online services
  • Community strategies:
    • through the Indigenous Electoral Participation Program.

Key performance results

Key performance indicators and targets help to monitor and measure performance. This report highlights key performance results against each program.

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