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
Fax: +61 2 6277 4773
em@aph.gov.au

About this inquiry

On 22 September 2020 the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on the future conduct of elections operating during times of emergency situations.
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