Terms of Reference

The Committee will inquire into the future conduct of elections operating during times of emergency situations. In conducting its inquiry, the Committee shall have particular regard to:

  • restrictions arising from a health pandemic;
  • access to polling places during times of natural disasters;
  • other potential drivers of social restrictions, such as future civil unrest, or international conflict;
  • Australia’s emergency election plan;
  • the introduction of safety mechanisms; and
  • alternative voting methods including early, remote and postal voting.
The Committee will report its findings by 30 June 2021.


Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2374