Referendum Activity book answers

Recently visited the National Electoral Education Centre (NEEC) in Canberra?

Use the Answer sheet below to check responses to the questions in the Referendum Activity booklet received during the program.

Changing the Constitution

What is the Australian Constitution?

  • The Australian Constitution is the set of rules that explains how Australia is governed.

Which section of the Australian Constitution describes how it can be changed?

  • Section 128

What do the Australian people vote in to change the Australian Constitution?

  • A referendum

Order to pass a referendum

Since 1901 there have been 44 referendums. How many have been successful in changing the Constitution?

  • 8

How many were successful in 1967?

  • 1

What was the 1967 referendum about?

  • Aborigines

Stages in Referendums

Order the stages in preparing and conducting an Australian election by numbering 1 to 10.

Stages in the election

Referendums are always held on a

  • Saturday.

Polling places are open from

  • 8am to 6pm.

What would you want to know about a Referendum before you vote for them?

Students will give a range of answers to this question.

Where could you find information about Referendum

Students will give a range of answers to this question.

Types of voting


Joe votes at a polling place in his electorate on election day. This is an ordinary vote.


Omar votes at a pre-poll centre before election day. This is a pre-poll vote.


The polling officials couldn’t find Amy’s name on the certified list of electors on election day. She can cast a provisional vote. After the election they will check the electoral roll. Her vote will only be counted if her name is found on the electoral roll.


Kim can enrol to vote, she will be eligible to vote in elections after she turns 18.


Sue is in hospital but she can still vote. An AEC mobile team will visit the hospital.


Jack can’t get to a polling place on election day, but he can apply to vote by post and have ballot papers sent to him.


Ned has a prison sentence longer than 3 years and cannot vote while he is in prison. Ned can vote when he finishes his sentence.


Tan is away from home and not voting in his electorate, he will cast an absent vote. This will be sent to his electorate to be counted.


Theresa can go to an Australian Embassy to cast a vote overseas.

Why does the AEC provide voters with several ways to vote?

Students will give a range of answers to this question.


Your Vote Counts

Crossword answers

Why do you think we have a secret ballot?

Students will give a range of answers to this question.

Enrolling to vote

To vote in Australia you need to be:

  • 18 years old
  • an Australian citizen, and
  • enrolled

You can enrol to vote at 16 years old. Enrol at



Crossword answers