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Voting in the Voice Referendum 2023


On 14 October 2023, Australians will be asked to vote in a referendum to alter the Constitution.

The Australian High Commission in Pretoria will be an in-person voting centre and postal vote collection centre.

In-person voting will be available at the High Commission between the hours of 0900-1200 and 1300-1500 on the following dates:

  • Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October

Identification will be required for entry into the High Commission.

Before you come to vote, please check your enrolment on the AEC website. You will need to be on the electoral roll (Referendum 2023 - Enrol to vote) to be able to vote in the referendum.

It is not compulsory to vote if you are not in Australia at the time of the referendum. If you will be overseas at the time and unable to vote, you can advise the AEC by completing and returning the Overseas Notification FormYou can also use the Overseas Notification Form and email it to [email protected].

We recommend in-person voting due to the limited postal service in South Africa. However, you may also cast a postal vote in this referendum, which, once completed, can either be posted to the AEC in Australia directly, or mailed or dropped off to the High Commission. If you would like to mail in your postal vote to the High Commission, please send it to:

Australian High Commission

PostNet Suite 493

Menlo Park 0102

South Africa


If dropping off your completed postal vote, please deliver it to the guardhouse at the front of the Australian High Commission, 292 Orient St, Arcadia, Pretoria.

Postal votes delivered to the High Commission must be received by 3pm, Friday 13 October 2023 in order to be dispatched.

Postal votes sent to the AEC in Australia directly must be received by 27 October 2023 in order to be counted.

Additional information on the referendum and voting is available from the AEC website and Smartraveller.



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For 24 hour consular assistance please call 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or +61 2 6261 3305 (outside Australia). 

Alternatively, please SMS +61 421 269 080.

PLEASE NOTE that Our Honorary Consuls are not able to assist you with any visa or immigration related enquiries.

The following contact details can be used within business hours:


South Africa, eSwatini and Lesotho

Australian High Commission Pretoria

 292 Orient Street

 Arcadia, Pretoria

 +27 12 423 6000

[email protected]




[email protected] 


Please contact Warren Rigelsford, Honorary Consul Botswana

Plot 16C1, Mmokolodi 1, Gaborone

+267 776 00002

+267 769 09454 (WhatsApp)

[email protected]



Please contact Mrs Michelle Smith, Honorary Consul Mozambique.

Australian Consulate

49 Rua Beiju de Mulata


+258 84 693 3226

[email protected]



Please contact Mr Ed Humphrey, Honorary Consul Namibia.

Australian Consulate

 56 Chalcedoon Street


 +264 61 300 194

 +264 81 283 4629

[email protected]


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