The AEC’s role is to deliver the franchise: an Australian citizen’s right to vote. To achieve this, the AEC:

  • maintains enrolments and the electoral roll
  • manages federal elections and referendums
  • conducts ballots for industrial and commercial organisations
  • conducts public awareness and education activities
  • undertakes electoral research
  • assists with overseas elections and referendums
  • administers election funding, financial disclosure and party registration
  • supports electoral redistributions.


The AEC embraces the Australian Public Service ICARE values – Impartial, Committed to service, Accountable, Respectful and Ethical. The AEC applies these values by:

  • conducting AEC business in a non-partisan manner with fairness and impartiality
  • maintaining high standards of integrity and ethical behaviour
  • respecting and upholding the law
  • tolerating difference, being sensitive to special needs and respectful of one another
  • being open, transparent and accountable
  • respecting and listening to clients, stakeholders and each other.

The AEC’s principles

  • We act to serve the Australian people and the federal parliament
  • We strive for excellence
  • We never knowingly mislead anyone.
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