Referendum 2023

On 14 October 2023, Australians will vote on whether or not a change should be made to the Australian Constitution.

Postal vote applications close at 6 pm on Wednesday 11 October 2023.

If you are not able to vote in-person, either on voting day or during early voting, you can apply for a postal vote on the AEC website.

On 14 October 2023, there will be a referendum to ask Australian voters a question.

You will vote on whether to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by creating an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. You can learn more about the question put forward to voters on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website.

For a change to be made to the Australian Constitution, both of these must happen:

  • more than half of voters from all over Australia vote yes
  • more than half of voters in at least 4 states vote yes.

If you’re eligible to vote, it’s important you make your own mind up about how you will vote.

Enrol to vote

If you’re enrolled for elections, you’re enrolled for referendums too.

If you’re not enrolled, you can no longer enrol to vote in this referendum.

You can still enrol to vote for future elections.

Update your details

You can no longer update your details for this referendum.

You can still update your details for future elections.


The referendum will run in a similar way to a federal election.

Voting is compulsory for all Australian citizens aged 18 years or over.

Polling places will be open around Australia, between 8 am and 6 pm on 14 October 2023, the day of the referendum. You can find a place to vote on the AEC website.

If you can’t get to a polling place on the day, you can vote another way:

Find out more about referendum voting services on the AEC website.

Help to vote

If you are a person with disability, the AEC can give you support to help you vote.

Find out more about the assistance available for people with disability and mobility restrictions on the AEC website.

Translated and accessible information

The AEC has information on how to vote in an easier to read format. Find the Easy Read guides on the AEC website in English and other languages.

Find more translated and accessible information about enrolling and voting in Australia on the AEC website.

More information

To learn more about the referendum and how to vote, go to the AEC website.

Page last updated: 26 September 2023