Use Commonwealth Electoral Roll Information for Medical Research - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this approval if you conduct medical research or operate a public health screening program and intend to apply for use of information from the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible your medical research must involve the diagnosis and/or treatment and/or prevention of disease or be epidemiological research, and be relevant to public health and safety.

In addition, medical research projects must:

  • be approved by a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)
  • adhere to the NHMRC Guidelines.

Your application will be rejected if there is a risk that your medical research will breach elector security and privacy, is politically biased or has the potential to discourage electoral participation.



No fees are required.

BuyMiscellaneous$1,976.35Per extract.

Approval time

Approximately 4 weeks.

Administering agency

Australian Electoral Commission
Legal, Parliamentary and Procurement Branch

Act(s) name

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Electoral and Referendum Regulations 1940 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Australian Electoral Commission
Legal, Parliamentary and Procurement Branch

Operating address:
West Block Offices
Queen Victoria Tce
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601

Supporting information


The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice, nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained, the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.

To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments, their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon the information.