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Australian Election Company

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Australian Election Company
Foundedc. 2011
FounderRichard Kidd

The Australian Election Company (AEC), also referred to as AustElect, is a private company which conducts Australian elections, including at the local government level.

The company has never conducted an election at a state or federal level, which are managed by state electoral commissions and the Australian Electoral Commission respectively.


The company was founded ahead of the 2012 New South Wales local elections, and conducted the elections for multiple councils instead of the New South Wales Electoral Commission. Despite a staff recommendation, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council opted not to use the company, partly because it had not conducted any elections in New South Wales before.[1][2]

The first election for Norfolk Island Regional Council in 2016 was conducted by the company, as was the election for the City of Maitland the following year.[3][4] The cancelled 2020 Norfolk Island local election was also scheduled to be held by the company.[5]

At the 2021 New South Wales local elections, both Fairfield City Council and Penrith City Council used the company's services.[6]


  1. ^ "Councils save money running their own elections". ABC News.
  2. ^ "Port Macquarie sticks with electoral commission". ABC News.
  3. ^ "Norfolk Island Regional Council" (PDF). Australian Election Company. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2023.
  4. ^ "City of Maitland". ABC News.
  5. ^ "Candidate statement" (PDF). Australian Election Company.
  6. ^ "City of Penrith". ABC News.