Australian Embassy

Elections and Voting while Overseas


2022 Victorian State Election

The 2022 Victorian State Election will be held on 26 November 2022. There will be no in-person voting available overseas for the 2022 Victorian State Election. More information about the upcoming election is available on the VEC website.

If you will be in Japan during the voting period, you may apply for a postal vote or submit an overseas notification form to inform the VEC that you will be unable to vote. Voting in the Victorian State Election is not compulsory if you are not in Victoria during the voting period and have submitted an overseas notification form.

You can apply for a postal vote from Wednesday, 2 November 2022, until 4:00pm (Japan time) on Wednesday, 23 November 2022. If you apply for a postal vote, the VEC encourages you to choose to have your ballot papers emailed to you. 

Electors in Japan can return their completed postal vote directly to the VEC or to the Australian Embassy in Tokyo.

The Australian Embassy in Tokyo will accept hand-delivered completed postal votes from Monday, 14 November 2022 until Wednesday, 23 November 2022 (weekdays only) between the hours of 9:00am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 5:00pm.

If you wish to return your completed postal vote to us by postal mail, please do so as soon as possible to ensure your vote counts. Wednesday, 23 November 2022 is a Japanese public holiday which may affect postal services. Please make sure the postal vote will arrive at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo by latest Wednesday, 23 November 2022.

          Australian Embassy Tokyo
          Consular Section
          2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku
          Tokyo, 108-8361

Smartraveller also has more information on voting overseas.


State elections

Up to date information on elections and eligibility, and copies of relevant forms (eg Application for a Postal Vote, Application to be Registered as an Overseas Elector) are available from individual electoral commission websites. We are unable to advise you or comment on the eligibility of individual voters. Eligibility is a matter for the relevant electoral commission.


Electoral Commissions

See also: Australian Electoral Commission