22 January 2009

AEC encouraging new Australians citizens to enrol for voting

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is attending Australian citizenship ceremonies around the country this Australia Day to remind new citizens of their duties, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Staff from the AEC will be taking advantage of the Australia Day citizenship ceremonies next Monday to remind Australian immigrants that when they become Australian citizens they need to enrol on the electoral roll.

"It's important to stress that electoral enrolment does not happen automatically as a result of becoming an Australian citizen," Electoral Commissioner Ed Killensteyn said.

Last year, the same campaign from the AEC resulted in 9,500 new Australian citizens enrolling to vote.

For those who move to Australia and become an Australian citizen, the law requires you to enrol with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and vote if aged 18 years or over.  Applications to enrol for voting can be collected from any Medicare, Centrelink or Australian Taxation Office, Australia Post outlet, State/Territory Electoral Office, or from the AEC website. 

Voting is compulsory at the federal, state and local levels of government. 

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with emigrating to Australia.

Article by Editorial Staff, Australian Visa Bureau.

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