2023 VOICE REFERENDUM - HOW TO VOTE IN NEW CALEDONIA AND FROM WALLIS AND FUTUNA
On 14 October 2023, Australians will be asked to vote in a referendum to alter the Constitution.
The Australian Consulate-General in Noumea will be an in-person voting centre and a postal vote collection centre.
All eligible Australians living in or visiting New Caledonia will be able to vote.
To be eligible to vote, you must be enrolled. Please ensure your enrolment details are up to date at the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website.
It is not compulsory to vote if you are not in Australia at the time of the referendum. If you will be overseas at the time and unable to vote, you can advise the AEC by completing and returning the Overseas Notification Form.
Additional information on the referendum and voting is available from the AEC website and Smartraveller.
In-person voting will be held at the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea on weekdays from Tuesday 3 October to Friday 13 October between 1pm and 4pm. The Australian Consulate-General is closed on weekends.
If you are overseas and are unable to vote in-person, you can apply for a postal vote. Postal vote packs will be sent to you from Australia by courier, so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The latest date to request a postal vote is 6pm, Wednesday 11 October 2023 local time.
If you are overseas, go to www.aec.gov.au/overseas to find the correct address to return your postal vote to the AEC.
In New Caledonia, you can return your postal vote directly to the AEC in Australia or you can drop it off at the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea no later than Friday 13 October 4pm.
Australians in Wallis and Futuna are encouraged to vote by postal vote and to return their postal votes directly to the AEC.
Welcome to the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea
The Australian Consulate-General in Noumea is Australia’s official diplomatic mission in New Caledonia. The Consul-General is also accredited to Wallis and Futuna and is the representative to the Pacific Community (SPC).
Opening hours are from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
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