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Writs to Referendums: Celebrating Australia’s Unique Electoral System

From sausage sizzles to compulsory voting, Australia’s electoral system is unique.  


Main floor

Hear from election workers and Australian Electoral Commission staff about the impressive behind-the-scenes work involved in running an election.

A woman is sitting and viewing a large screen in an exhibition. A referendum sheet next to a bingo roller

See how the ballot box has evolved – an Australian system now used in democracies around the world.

Two old and worn looking circular ballot boxes
A glass showcase featuring many different types of ballot boxes used throughout Australian history.
Two old and worn looking square ballot boxes

Test your knowledge of our electoral system, see campaigns posters from over the years and hear from voters about what election day means to them.  


This exhibition has a light projection upon entry and multiple video screens play.

This exhibition has low lighting.