Referendum 2023

View a collection of official resources with key information about the Voice to Parliament Referendum. The City of Ballarat is providing these resources for community education purposes only.

The question that will be put to voters on Saturday, 14 October 2023, is whether to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

When you receive a ballot paper at the referendum, you should write 'Yes' if you agree with this proposed change to the Constitution, or you should write 'No' if you do not agree.

View the Yes/No pamphlet


Like a federal election, all Australian citizens aged 18 years and over will be required to vote - check you are correctly enrolled to vote online.


The AEC will provide 8,000 polling places and more than 500 pre-poll voting centres for the referendum. On voting day, polling places will be open from 8 am to 6pm and will be located at local primary schools, churches, community halls and other public buildings. Check the location and accessibility of your nearest polling place on the AEC website.


If you are in another territory or can't make it to a polling place on voting day, there will be a number of early and postal voting opportunities. Find out more about alternative voting options on the AEC website.


For any further questions about voting the referendum, call the Australian Electoral Commission on 13 23 26.