If you are required to vote, and you don’t vote, and you are not excused, you will be fined.
If you don’t pay the fine, and you are not excused from paying the fine, you will be prosecuted. (All apparent non-voters will be issued with an Apparent Failure to Vote Notice before they are deemed to have committed an offence. If a person fails to respond to the Apparent Failure to Vote Notice, or they provide an insufficient response, an Infringement Notice will be issued carrying a fine of $77.50. Additional prescribed costs and court costs may be added if the fine is not paid before the due date.)
Following changes to the Local Government Act 1989, compulsory voting enforcement is entirely the responsibility of the VEC. Councils are unable to influence enforcement decisions.
All enquiries in relation to non-voter notices must be referred to the VEC.
If a compulsory voting matter has been forwarded to the Infringements Court, the person should contact the Infringements Court to discuss the offence. The VEC cannot consider matters once they have been referred to the Infringements Court. The VEC will provide councils with the lodgement schedule to assist in knowing when matters have been referred to the Infringements Court.