Supporting people with disability to vote

DATE: 17 April 2019

Supporting people with disability to vote

Yooralla has partnered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to make voting for the 2019 Federal Election more accessible for Yooralla customers.

As part of Yooralla’s vision of a world where people with disability are equal citizens, we are supporting and empowering our customers to exercise their right as Australian citizens to participate in the 2019 federal election in May.

Yooralla has partnered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to make voting for the 2019 Federal Election more accessible for Yooralla customers.

Yooralla’s St Albans Community Hub (1 Andrea Street, St Albans), will be a voting station for Yooralla customers and families on Tuesday 14 May, Wednesday 15 May and Thursday 16 May 2019, from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. AEC staff will be there to support Yooralla customers with voting, as well as a Yooralla staff member to provide any addition support.

Yooralla customers have also recently worked with the Australian Electoral Comission to review the AEC’s easy read voting guides below to make sure that they are accesible. Easy read guides are for people with limited literacy skills.

The guides explain how to enrol to vote (PDF download),  how to vote at a polling place (PDF download) and how to vote by mail (PDF download).

Below are some other resources, developed by the AEC to support people with disability to prepare for the federal election.

AUSLAN guide: For people with a hearing impairment, there is a video guide. It has information on voting for federal elections and referendums for people with hearing impairment. The video includes AUSLAN, a voiceover and plain English captions. The National Relay Service (NRS) can also be contacted for further assistance.

Accessing the AEC website: The AEC website features the ReadSpeaker application, which reads the content aloud. To access this application click on the ‘Listen’ button at the top of this AEC website page.

Polling place accessibility: For people who use wheelchairs, each polling place is given an accessibility rating to assist people with disability or mobility restrictions. These ratings are:

  • wheelchair accessible
  • assisted wheelchair access, or
  • not wheelchair accessible.

A list of polling places are available AEC website. Click on the rating listed against each polling place to find out more about its specific accessibility features.

The 2019 Federal Election is on Saturday 18 May.

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