QUARANTINE TIPS FOR TRAVELLERS
Many people are unaware of quarantine restrictions and the use of checkpoints within each state and at the borders. This often results in costly wastage but remote area 4WD travellers also need to be aware that they can be fined up to $100,000 for carrying restricted items into regulated areas. This new article is a full update and refresh of the latest information available from Quarantine Domestic and will help you avoid wastage and fines, plus you'll gain a better appreciation of the importance of protecting Australia's valuable agricultural industry against the spread of pests, diseases and weeds. A must read for all travellers!
VOTING WHEN TRAVELLING
The Federal Election has been called for 2nd July so for many travellers it's time to make some plans about how you're going to meet your legal requirements to lodge your vote. Here's a couple of useful tips and dates to help you make the right plan.
Monday 23rd May (8pm) is the deadline for ensuring that you are enrolled to vote. If you have changed address, then you must ensure that your change of address has been registered in your enrolment. Enrolments and updates can be done online - this link will take you to the Enrol to Vote form found on the Australian Electoral Commission website.
If you are likely to be more than 8km away from a polling booth on 2nd July you can vote before election day. Early voting centres will be announced soon, so look out for these announcements in mainstream media or keep an eye on the the Ways to Vote page on the Australian Electoral Commission website in the coming weeks.
Another option is to lodge your vote by post however you will need to apply first. The application can be done online at the Apply for a Postal Vote
page on the Australian Electoral Commission website, or you can pick up an application from an Australian Post office. They will then post out a voting pack to you, however the earliest they can do this is 14 June 2016. If you do not apply as soon as possible, you may have to choose an alternative way to vote.
Candidates or political parties may have targeted your suburb with a bulk mail out of their postal vote applications. If you complete the application and return it to the party or candidate, they must then forward your form to the AEC for processing. However, you are not required to send the application back to the party or candidate. Instead you can return it directly to the AEC by mailing it to:
Australian Electoral Commission
Reply Paid 9867
[your capital city]
There is also a method to upload a scanned copy of your completed postal vote form to the AEC website - here is the link
Note Ballot papers must be completed and posted back to the AEC on or before election day. You only have 13 days after the election for your ballot papers to be received by the AEC.
If you will be interstate on election day you can cast an "interstate vote" by visiting an Interstate Voting Centre (the list of locations is not currently published by keep an eye on the AEC website as these will be listed). The process is usually easier if you can quote the name of your electorate, or confirm your enrolment details accurately. We suggest you refer to the AEC website where you can check your enrolment online. See the Check Enrolment form
. Alternatively, you can call 13 23 26 during business hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and they will check it over the phone for you.