Commonwealth electoral rolls held in Brisbane – Fact sheet 119
Commonwealth electoral rolls are an alphabetical listing of all persons eligible to vote in Commonwealth elections and referenda. They were prepared in years of general elections or referenda, and at such other times as the Electoral Commissioner required them.
Electoral rolls are used by researchers for a variety of reasons: to trace missing persons; to compile family history; to locate birth parents, or the whereabouts of anyone who has enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission (CA 3854).
Holdings of electoral rolls
Printed electoral rolls on microfiche
Commonwealth electoral rolls for the state of Queensland are held for the years 1903 to 2003. From 1903 to 1988 the rolls are arranged by electoral division and (until 1983) by sub-division. To use these rolls you will need to know the address under which a person was enrolled, or the area in which the person lived. From 1990 rolls have been produced in a single microfiche format, which lists electors alphabetically by family name.
Commonwealth electoral rolls for other Australian states are also held. Details of holdings for each state and territory are included in the table below. All the rolls held in microfiche format are available for public access and can be found in the self-service area of the Brisbane reading room.
Microfiche copies of electoral rolls held in Brisbane*
Title or description of records
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
*Please note that there are gaps in our collection of electoral rolls.
Official rolls are copies of electoral rolls containing annotations made by the Australian Electoral Commission which detail changes to the entry for an elector – such as changes of address, changes in name, or the addition or removal of names from a particular roll. These annotated rolls are then used to produce the next printed copy of a roll.