Electoral Council of Australia and New Zealand (ECANZ)
The Electoral Council of Australia and New Zealand is a consultative council of Electoral Commissioners from the electoral authorities of the Commonwealth, States and Territories of Australia as well as the New Zealand Electoral Commission.
The ECANZ is guided by three key directions
- The need to keep pace with the Australian and New Zealand community's changing expectations regarding the delivery of electoral services through modernisation and innovation.
- Cooperation and coordination across electoral authorities, where statutes allow, to enhance the individual and collective delivery of electoral services to the Australian and New Zealand community.
- Informing the community and other political stakeholders through credible research and other information programs of the implication of electoral changes consistent with the challenges outlined in this document.
About the ECANZ
The ECANZ considers issues about the development and maintenance of the electoral roll for Commonwealth, State, Territory and Local Government elections and matters of electoral administration, which have implication for Australian and New Zealand electoral authorities.
In 2012 the Electoral Council of Australia (ECA) invited the New Zealand Electoral Commissioner to join it. ECA was then changed to ECANZ. Some material on this website relates to the ECA and will be updated and replaced progressively.
Electoral systems in Australia and New Zealand vary widely between jurisdictions and between upper and lower houses. This area contains printable fact sheets that demonstrate the key differences.
Paper released on internet voting in Australian election systems
The Electoral Council of Australia and New Zealand has released a paper on internet voting, with a view to stimulating discussion and debate in the wake of the 2013 federal election.