How to vote this election?

Vote on the issues
this election

GetUp is an independent movement of everyday people.

In line with GetUp's issue-based independence, earlier this year the GetUp Strategy Team surveyed dozens of candidates and parties to ascertain their positions on 37 progressive policies. We combined their survey responses with insights from campaign partners and independent research to create GetUp's handy issue-based voting guides.

These voting guides are the cornerstone of GetUp's election day efforts that will see thousands of volunteers handing out at 335 booths in 29 electorates across six states and one territory, to put our issues front and centre on 18 May.

Want to vote on the issues this election?
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Election Day 2019
Here's the plan

GetUp’s independent voting guides provide voters with options on how to number their ballot for the best outcome on a given issue, such as more funding for our hospitals or a safe climate future for our kids.

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independent voting guides

In all strategic decisions, our guiding principle was to help GetUp members have the greatest electoral impact on the issues members care about most. That's why our voting guides recommend the candidates and parties with the strongest policies, who also have demonstrated community support.

Together with our policy survey, our voting guides encourage parties and candidates to take more progressive policy positions to the election on featured issues. Because it's not just about making our voices heard, it's about making them matter.

Our Methodology

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We received survey responses from a range of parties and candidates, which are all linked below. Where we did not receive a response, we rated parties and candidates based on publicly available information.

The detailed scorecard, which combines the results of our policy survey with independent research, and is fully referenced, can be accessed here. It includes parties currently represented in any state or federal parliament, and new contenders with demonstrated community support.

Click to access policy scorecard

We endeavoured to research and represent party and candidate policies accurately and fairly – however if you think you've spotted a mistake, please contact us at [email protected]

Follow the links to see full survey responses. At the time of writing, Katter’s Australia Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Liberal Party, the National Party, the United Australia Party and the Shooters, Fishers & Farmers have not responded to our survey.

Find my independent voting guide

GetUp volunteers will hand out tens of thousands of issue-based voting cards this election day. For a full list of electorates where GetUp members will be active, check out the FAQs below.

Frequently asked questions

Got a question that's not answered here? Shoot us an email at [email protected]

In GetUp’s most ambitious Election Day effort yet, thousands of volunteers will be on hand at 335 booths across 27 electorates in six states and one territory. They will be putting issues front and centre that are important to both GetUp members and voters in the local electorate.

GetUp members will gather with orange vests, bright smiles and fun posters at polling booths to hand out almost 800,000 independent issue-based how-to-vote guides to voters.

Our independent guides show voters how they can vote on a given issue by including candidates who are committed to making real progress, who also have demonstrated community support. There's always at least two candidates or parties, and there can be up to four, giving voters multiple options on how to cast their vote on an issue that matters to them.

Unfortunately we can't be everywhere this election day. We are prioritising places we think GetUp members can have the most significant combined impact on our priority issues.

Our first priority is making sure that we have a strong election day presence in seats where hard right MPs (and Senators), like Tony Abbott, Peter Dutton, Greg Hunt and Christian Porter, are blocking progress on our issues. We'll also be active in places with many GetUp members and where there's a good chance to make our issues decisive in the election or highlight them for key decision makers.

There are 29 electorates that met one or more of these criteria: Dawson, Dickson, Moncrieff, Menzies, Flinders, Fremantle, Kooyong, Corio, Cook, Hughes, Robertson, Warringah, Cowper, Hume, Wentworth, Cunningham, Macquarie, Newcastle, Page, Canning, Pearce, Canberra, Bean, Fenner, Boothby, Grey, Mayo, Clark and Franklin.

Keen to get involved? Sign up as an election day volunteer here:

Live a long way from the action? In some areas, we have buses providing transport to target electorates. Email [email protected] to find out more.

In late 2018, GetUp members rated the issues that matter most to them in a national survey for our 2019 election campaign. The top five issues for GetUp members were:

  • Urgent action to address climate change, including stopping Adani from digging its Carmichael mine
  • A super-charged transition to renewable energies like solar and wind
  • The immediate evacuation to safety of all the refugees and people seeking asylum held on Manus Island and Nauru
  • Ensuring that Medicare, schools and other essential services are adequately funded
  • Protecting ABC and SBS funding, independence and integrity

Our how-to-vote cards feature these issues, and other long-standing GetUp campaigns, that are resonating with voters on the ground. Voter priorities were identified through polling, voter research and thousands of one-to-one conversations GetUp volunteers have been having with voters.

When people vote on an issue it has a powerful impact on the election and sends a strong message to the next government to deliver on the issues GetUp members care about.

It’s simple – candidates or parties who stacked up on the issues that matter to GetUp members, who also have demonstrated community support. Each how-to-vote card features at least two candidates, and many have up to three or four. It’s for voters to make the final decision on how to cast their vote.

Parties and candidates were considered to have demonstrated community support if they are currently represented in the Federal Parliament, or are a new contender with significant support in our polling or credible published polls.

The parties and candidates who met these criteria and who feature on our how-to-vote cards this election include the Australian Labor Party, Centre Alliance, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party and the Greens, as well as a number of independent candidates, including Andrew Wilkie, Anthony Pesec, Huw Kingston, Julia Banks, Kerryn Phelps, Oliver Yates, Rob Oakeshott, Susan Moylan-Coombs and Zali Steggall.

GetUp surveyed and researched parties and candidates to ascertain their position on 37 progressive policies. Those candidates with the most progressive policies got the highest scores on our scorecard. In deciding the order of preferences, we prioritised parties/candidates according to their scores and demonstrated community support. Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party get the second last and last preference respectively across all our guides.

You can access candidate and party survey responses, as well as GetUp’s policy scorecard, by scrolling up on this page.

We have done our best to provide a fair representation of party and candidate policies. If you think you've spotted a mistake, please contact us at [email protected]

No. GetUp is campaigning on issues identified as top priorities by GetUp members, such as strong climate action and better, more affordable healthcare. In line with this, we're giving people information about how to support the parties and candidates with the strongest public policy positions on these issues.

This is in line with GetUp’s commitment to political independence. We engage in elections because they are great change moments for our issues and provide the best opportunity to build a more fair, flourishing and just community for all. GetUp's political independence allows GetUp to work with and critique all political parties and candidates without fear or favour.

For more information you can check out GetUp’s statement of independence here:

In February 2019, the Australian Electoral Commission deemed GetUp's how-to-vote cards consistent with our standing as an independent third party organisation.

The outcome of their review confirmed the independence of our 2016 election how-to-vote campaign, highlighting that our voting guides emphasise issues, rate candidates on issues, feature multiple candidates and that we never give or receive money in connection with any political party or candidate. Read more.