2018 Batman by-election
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Batman in Victoria will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018.
You can check if you are enrolled in the Division of Batman, enrol or update your enrolment details at www.aec.gov.au/enrol. The deadline to enrol is 8pm AEDT Wednesday 14 February 2018.
In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.
You can apply for a postal vote by completing a ‘Postal Vote Application’ on the AEC website. You should ensure that you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to allow enough time for the ballot papers to reach you overseas before by-election day.
Where to get help
If you are in Ghana, the Australian High Commission provides consular assistance to Australians.
If you are in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali or Senegal, note that Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in those countries. By agreement between the Canadian and Australian governments, the Canadian Embassies in Ouagadougou, Abidjan, Bamako and Dakar provide consular assistance to Australians. This service includes the issuance of Provisional Travel Documents. More information on Provisional Travel Documents is available here.
If you are in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Togo, neither Australia nor Canada has an embassy or consulate in those countries. The Australian High Commission in Ghana provides consular assistance to Australians travelling in those countries.
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What we can and cannot do
The Australian High Commission can assist Australians overseas, within limits. See Assisting Australians overseas.
Travel information for Australians
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Australians in Ghana can access a list of Doctors and medical centres in this document.
Notarial service fees to increase from 1 January 2017
Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2017, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Functional and Efficiency Review.
Notarial service fees have not increased in 16 years.
The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand. The new fee schedule (attached) aligns with notarial service fees charged by commercial providers.
From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
For some services there are free alternatives available to clients, such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.
Read more here.
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Online registration for Australians overseas
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Returning to Australia
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Elections in Australia
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Read about arrangements for voting while overseas.