Inquiry into the 2014 general election

Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Committee conducts an inquiry after every general election. The inquiry looks at changes to the law or electoral procedures that would improve the next election.

In 2015 the committee received submissions from many people and organisations who had ideas about how to improve the electoral process.

What did the inquiry look at?

As part of their inquiry, the committee considered a large range of topics, including issues raised by people who made submissions. The topics include:

  • Participation in the election
  • Rules that govern election advertising
  • Voting processes for people with disabilities
  • The increasing popularity of social media, and how that might affect electoral processes
  • The advance voting period

What has been done so far?

The Justice and Electoral Committee has completed its inquiry. It recommended several improvements based on the submissions and advice it received. The committee presented its recommendations to the House on 21 April 2016. The Government must respond to the committee's recommendations to it, within 60 business days. The Government response is due on 18 July 2016.

Who will this affect?

  • Voter engagement campaigners
  • Political parties and candidates
  • Advocates for people with disabilities
  • Civil rights campaigners

Read more

Read more about the Inquiry into the 2014 general election, including the submissions and advice presented to the committee, and the committee's report to the House.