Voting and homelessness
All Australian citizens aged 18 and over have the right to enrol and vote, regardless of their housing situation.
We collaborate with community agencies to help people experiencing homelessness to participate in local council and State elections.
Homeless, not votelessIf you are experiencing homelessness or do not have access to safe and secure housing, you can enrol with a special form.
Are you or someone you know experiencing homelessness? Being homeless doesn't mean you're voteless.
Local council, state and federal governments make decisions that affect you: things like housing, public transport and schools.
When you vote, your voice on these issues is heard. Everyone is equal at the ballot box and it's your human right.
If you're an Australian citizen aged 18 and over you can vote.
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness remind them to enrol by using the ‘no fixed address’ form. This form means a person can exercise their right to vote and won't be fined if they don't. Get this from our website.
You don't need any ID to enrol, you just need someone who's enrolled to vote in federal elections to say they know you.
Information about elections will be sent to the address you put on the no fixed address form. This address might be a homeless service.
So make every voice heard. Homeless doesn't have to mean voteless.
Enrolling without secure housing
You can apply to enrol with no fixed address if you are experiencing homelessness or don't have access to safe and secure housing.
You will be able to enrol for the address:
- where you last lived for at least one month
- where one of your family is currently enrolled
- where you were born, if neither of the above apply.
You can enrol using the No fixed address form through the Australian Electoral Commission, and they will share the details with us.
Out of Home Advisory Group
Our Advisory Group has representation from service users, key community agencies, and people with lived experience. We meet twice a year to provide advice, experience and expertise to help guide the direction of our work with people experiencing homelessness and people in prison.
It's vital that our work in this area is relevant and responsive to the needs of people experiencing homelessness. We are always looking for new members, whether you are a service user, agency worker or policy maker.
For more information or to get involved please contact us.
Out of Home Action Plan 2021–23
Our Out of home action plan 2021–23 builds on our existing work to deliver responsive services for people experiencing homelessness or people in prison.
The actions identified in the plan are grouped into key priority areas:
- Access - reviewing and developing resources and services
- Community - continuing to work and collaborate with the sector, widening existing advisory group and peer education programs
- Employment - recruiting democracy ambassadors with a lived experience of homelessness
- Changing attitudes - establishing a staff volunteer program, ensuring communication resources are inclusive, and consulting with people with a lived experience when developing new resources and services.