Independent Electoral Review draft recommendations

Closed 17 Jul 2023

Opened 6 Jun 2023


The Independent Electoral Review was established by the Minister of Justice to consider how to make our election rules clearer, fairer, and more accessible for current and future generations.

Over the past year, we've been reviewing the electoral system to find out what is working well and what could change. Our first stage of engagement ran from September to November 2022 and helped us to better understand different viewpoints on the review topics.

On 6 June, we released our interim report for public feedback. An executive summary and an overview of the key themes are available on our website, as well as translations and alternate formats.

Have your say

The second stage of public consultation is now closed.

The final date for all submissions was 17 July 2023. Submissions received after this date may not be able to be considered. If this closing date has affected or prevented you or your organisation’s participation, please let us know.

If you have any questions about how to have your say, please email us at

What happens next?

We are now taking the time to consider what we have heard and refine our draft recommendations. Our final report will be provided to the Minister of Justice in November 2023, which will be after the general election. The Government will determine what happens next, including any further public consultation.


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