Submitted by Carlene Muilwyk

So you want to vote in the upcoming elections but don’t know how, here is some info for all the South Africans living in Australia:

We can only register to vote and Vote in Canberra so if you can make your way to the South African High Commission in Canberra please do try as every vote counts!

Firstly check if you are registered at

If you aren’t registered take your ID book/smartcard ID or a valid temporary ID AND a valid South African passport to the South African High Commission in Canberra on the voter registration weekends of 18-19 Jan & the 25-26 Jan.
However if you can make your way to the consulate during normal working hours before the 7th Feb you can also register then.

They will get you to complete a registration form and will then be given a Proof of Registration Application form. This is not proof of registration, but only that you applied. You can confirm your registration status online 7 working days after applying. If you register abroad you cannot vote in South Africa, as your registration only applies to overseas voting.

If you are registered to vote you will need to submit a VEC10 form to the IEC once the president has announced the election date. And you will need your green ID book to vote.

South African High Commission details:
South African High Commission
Corner State Circle and Rhodes Place
Yarralumla 2600
Telephone +61 2 6272 7300

Political Matters:
Consular Services:

Business hours
Monday to Friday:
8.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m
1.45 p.m. – 5.00 p.m

Click here to read more info about voting for South Africans abroad.