My Vote Matters has compiled a list of some of the most useful resources and tools for political research and election preparation. This list is regularly updated. Feel free to suggest new resources using our feedback form.
They Vote For You is a free and open-source project operated by the OpenAustralia Foundation. By entering your postcode, or the name of your local representative, you can learn exactly how your current federal MP votes in Parliament.
Entries on MPs provide: a list of policies that they have opposed and supported; their rate of attendance (how often they show up in Parliament to vote for bills); their rate of rebellion (how often they vote along party lines); their political allies (determined by assessing their agreement with other politicians); recent bills they have voted on; and, a list of their conscience votes.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Vote Compass is an online tool designed by political scientists to help you figure out what political parties best align with your views.
Vote Compass works by asking you about your opinions on key political issues and comparing your responses with those of various political parties. After completing a short survey, you will then be shown your position (and the positions of parties) on a political compass.
Below the Line is a free tool which allows you to design your own how-to-vote cards. The tool opens up for use every federal election.
You can pre-select your voting preferences and print off those preferences to guide yourself and others on election day. Below the Line also shows you exactly what the how-to-vote cards of various parties in each electorate, will look like.
Run by the ABC and RMIT, Fact Check uses publicly available data and research to determine “the accuracy of claims by politicians, public figures, advocacy groups and institutions engaged in the public debate”.
All Fact Check determinations “fall into three colour-based categories: in the red, in the green or in between – red being a negative ruling, and green being a positive.” Where mistakes are made, Fact Check publishes corrections and changes their gradings.
Antony Green is the Chief Elections Analyst for the ABC. During major Australian elections, Green provides in-depth and round-the-clock commentary on election results, as they come in.
Since 1989, Green has successfully predicted the outcomes of most Australian elections. Green’s predictions can now be found on the ABC’s website and the ABC’s primary FreeView channel. An archive of Green’s predictions is available here.
The Australian Electoral Commission’s Transparency Register provides free access to the historical and annual returns of registered political parties, associated entities, third parties, candidates, Senate groups and donors.
Australians can use the register to see exactly where parties’ donations come from, and how those donations are used.
The Australian Government’s Transparency Portal provides Australians with access to publications, data, and financial reports, on and from Australian Government departments.