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Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Maintaining Address) Bill 2011

Originating house
House of Representatives
Special Minister of State


Amends the: Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to: allow the Electoral Commissioner to update an elector’s enrolled address following receipt and analysis of reliable and current data sources from outside the Electoral Commission; require an elector to be notified of the Electoral Commissioner’s intention to enrol them at a new address and give the elector the opportunity to object to the change; enable objection action to be discontinued and the elector’s enrolled address updated so that the elector is not removed from the electoral roll; standardise references to the Electoral Commissioner; provide for the Electoral Commissioner to delegate the power to seek information; and make consequential amendments; and Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984 to prohibit the Electoral Commissioner from updating an elector’s address on a roll during the period from 8 pm on the day the rolls close to the close of voting at a referendum.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23/11/11  
Second reading moved 23/11/11  
Second reading debate 20/03/12  
Second reading debate 21/03/12  
Second reading agreed to 21/03/12  
Consideration in detail debate 21/03/12  
Third reading agreed to 21/03/12  
Introduced and read a first time 22/03/12  
Second reading moved 22/03/12  
Second reading debate 20/06/12  
Second reading debate 21/06/12  
Second reading agreed to 21/06/12  
Third reading agreed to 21/06/12  
Text of bill as passed both Houses 21/06/12  
Assent 24/07/12 Act no.: 110 - Year: 2012

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (24/11/2011): Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters; Committee Report (13/03/2012)
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au)