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Employers recruited to encourage enrolments

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The health sector is at the centre of an Australian Electoral Commission drive to enrol almost 1.5 million people it believes are missing from the electoral roll.

With the next Federal election due by the end of the year, the Commission has called on employers, particularly in industries such as health care – where many young adults work – to help encourage their staff to enrol to vote.

Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn said it was estimated that around half a million people between 18 and 24 years of age had not yet registered to vote.

Mr Killesteyn said most in this age group were working, particularly in health care, hospitality, retail, construction and clerical jobs, and workplaces were an important way to get the enrolment message out to them.

“Workplaces can play a valuable role in encouraging employees to enrol now and not leave it to the last minute,” he said. “A healthy democracy is one in which all eligible Australians exercise their right to vote, [and] the first step is making sure your name is on the electoral roll.”

Employers can register to have a kit of materials to encourage enrolment sent to them by visiting www.aec.gov.au/register

Adrian Rollins