Enrolment and Voting Eligibility

  Parliaments and Local Councils Enrolment and Voting Eligibility
Commonwealth
Head of State
Governor-general
Leader of Government
Prime Minister
Senate Compulsory enrolment and voting for Australian citizens 18 years and over who have lived at their present address for one month.
British subjects who were on the roll immediately before 26 January 1984.
Provisional enrolment for 17 year olds.
House of Representatives  
New South Wales
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council Same as Commonwealth
Legislative Assembly  
Local Councils Voting compulsory for electors who are enrolled for the State. Owners of property in Council areas other than their place of residence may apply for non-resident enrolment.
Victoria
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council Same as Commonwealth
Legislative Assembly  
Local Councils Same as for State plus special enrolment provisions for non-resident owners and occupiers, corporations and non-citizens. Voting compulsory for residents; (except for those aged 70 years or over); not compulsory for non-residents. Melbourne and Greater Geelong and Nillumbik: Voting compulsory for all on roll.
Queensland
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
(Legislative Council abolished 1922)
Legislative Assembly
Same as for Commonwealth but must be resident in Queensland for one month, with added enrolment provision for British subjects who qualify if on roll between 1 May and 31 July 1983.
Local Councils Enrolment and voting is compulsory for electors qualified to vote for Legislative Assembly.
Western Australia
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council Largely the same as for Commonwealth except for British subjects who qualify if they were on either a Commonwealth or WA roll between 26 October 1983 and 25 January 1984 inclusive. The two rolls also treat some other categories differently.
Legislative Assembly  
Local Councils Voting is voluntary. To vote, an elector must be on either the State or Commonwealth roll.
Property owners and occupiers may also enrol and vote if they are Australian citizens.
South Australia
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council Initial enrolment not compulsory, but once enrolled required to maintain enrolment vote; otherwise same as Commonwealth except for British subjects who qualify if they were on a Commonwealth, SA or Territory electoral roll between 26 October 1983 and 25 January 1984 inclusive.
House of Assembly  
Local Councils Voluntary voting for State Assembly electors plus Council's own supplementary voters i.e. non-naturalised citizens, residents and other rate payers with specified voting rights. Plural voting allowed. City of Adelaide – a natural person can only vote in one capacity.
Tasmania
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council Same as for Commonwealth but must have been resident in Tasmania for six months continually at any one time.
House of Assembly As above
Local Councils Persons on the House of Assembly roll plus owners and occupiers not on House of Assembly roll.
Voting not compulsory.
Northern Territory
Head of State
Administrator
Leader of Government
Chief Minister
Legislative Assembly Same as Commonwealth
Municipal Councils Voting is compulsory for electors who are enrolled on the Legislative Assembly roll for an address within a Municipal Council Area.
Local Councils Enrolment and voting provisions vary from Council to Council and contained in the respective Community Government Scheme.
Australian Capital Territory
Head of State
Governor-general (the Governor-general has certain reserve powers and can disallow legislation, recommend amendments to legislation and under extreme circumstance dissolve the Assembly.)
Leader of Government
Chief Minister (The Chief Minister is elected by the Assembly and exercises a number of powers normally exercised by a Governor including appointment of Ministers and signing law into effect.)
Legislative Assembly Same as for Commonwealth.
Note: Residents of Jervis Bay and Norfolk Island are included in the ACT only for Commonwealth purposes.

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