Voting is compulsory and you may be fined for not voting in a state election or by-election.

If you did not vote at an election, you must contact the Electoral Commission SA with a valid and sufficient reason.

You can provide your reason by:

  • completing the enquiry form with your reason for not voting
  • calling us on 1300 655 232
  • emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you provide a valid and sufficient reason you will be excused and avoid a fine.

Non-voter process

If you do not provide a valid and sufficient reason, you will receive the following 3 notices in accordance with section 85 of the Electoral Act 1985. The final stage is to refer the matter to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit.

Apparent failure to vote notice (First notice)

This notice is sent within 3 months following the election. It gives you the opportunity to explain why you didn’t vote. It is a legal requirement that you respond to this notice. Penalties may apply for non-compliance.

If your reason is accepted there is no further action.

You have 21 days to respond to this notice.

Expiation notice $102 (Second notice)

You will receive an expiation notice if you do not respond to the apparent failure to vote notice, or if you don’t provide a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.

The expiation amount is made up of a $10 expiation fee for the offence, and $92 Victims of Crime Levy.

If you pay the fine or provide a valid reason for not voting, there will be no further action. It is a legal requirement that you respond to this notice. Penalties may apply for non-compliance.

Expiation reminder notice $169 (Third notice)

A reminder notice is issued if you fail to respond to the previous 2 notices. You will be required to pay the original fine plus a fee of $67.

If you pay the fine or provide a valid reason for not voting, there will be no further action. It is a legal requirement that you respond to this notice. Penalties may apply for non-compliance.

Note: all fines and fees are subject to change. These fines incorporate a victims of crime levy and other fees as per the Expiation of Offences Act 1996.

Notice of Order of Enforcement

After 3 notices have been issued, the Electoral Commission SA refers the matter to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit, if you:

  • fail to pay the fine, or
  • do not provide a valid reason for not voting.

The Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit issues a notice of order of enforcement, which carries significant financial penalties in addition to the current penalties.

How to pay your fine

There are a few ways you can pay your fine prior to enforcement, these include:

You will need your expiation notice as it contains an identification number specific to you.

If you have misplaced your expiation notice you must contact the Electoral Commission SA.

Address: Level 6, 60 Light Square, Adelaide SA 5000 (Find us on the map using this link)

Postal: Electoral Commission SA, GPO Box 646, Adelaide SA 5001

Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit

Once your fine is enforced (overdue) you must contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit as the Electoral Commission SA can no longer accept payments.

How to pay your overdue fine

The Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit has flexible options to pay your fine.

Overdue fines can be paid:

  • online
  • via telephone
  • in person at any Australia Post office or Service SA Customer Service Centre.

You can also apply for a payment arrangement to spread your payment over a longer period.

For those who evade paying a fine, escalating enforcement measures will be applied to recover the amount owed. These enforcements include:

  • suspension of your driver’s license
  • deductions directly from your salary or bank account
  • clamping and impounding vehicles
  • seizing and selling assets

Contact the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit on 1800 659 538 or visit Fines SA.