Australian Consulate-General
Hong Kong
Also accredited to Macau

2023 Referendum

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For general information on Australian referendums, enrolment and voting while overseas, visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website:, or contact the AEC by calling +61 2 6160 2600 or using the AEC online enquiry form.

A referendum will be held in Australia on Saturday 14 October 2023. All eligible Australians living in or visiting Hong Kong or Macau during the voting period will be able to vote.

For more information about the 2023 Referendum, visit:


Enrol to vote

To be eligible to vote, you must be enrolled correctly with the AEC. The roll closed on 18 September 2023.

Once you have confirmed your enrolment details, you can vote by the following methods. 

Postal voting

Completed postal votes can be dropped off at the Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October, 9am-4pm (open during lunch hours). Don't forget to bring your Australian Passport with you.

You can also return your completed postal vote directly to the AEC. For more details, visit: Referendum 2023 - Postal voting (

Outside of Australia, an Australian citizen is an authorised witness for a postal vote. If you cannot show the unsigned Postal Vote Certificate and blank ballot paper to an authorised witness, you need to complete an Overseas Postal Vote: Witness declaration alternative form.  

In-person voting

We will be open for in-person voting from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 October, 9am-4pm (open during lunch hours).  

Address: 24th Floor, Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (MAP)

If you are voting in-person, you need to bring your Australian Passport with you.

We expect our busiest time to be the afternoon of Saturday 14 October. Please consider voting on a weekday or arriving earlier on Saturday 14 October. Doors will close at 4pm.

Unable to vote? Voting in a referendum is not compulsory for Australians overseas. You should notify the AEC by completing an overseas notification form.


Key Dates

  • 18 September: Electoral roll closed
  • 11 October: Postal vote applications closed
  • 9-14 October: Voting centre open 9am-4pm for in-person voting and postal vote drop-off
  • 14 October: Referendum day, last day for postal vote drop-off 
  • 27 October: Your completed postal vote must be received by the AEC to be counted

For your safety and that of our staff, the Consulate will not open for voting if a Typhoon Signal 8 or Black Rain signal is in force at our opening time. When a signal is cancelled, it may take up to an hour to open and we may operate at a reduced capacity due to staff absences.