How do we change to a republic?

To become a republic with an Australian as our head of state we need a national vote (called a 'referendum') to change our constitution. Every Australian voter would have the opportunity to vote 'yes' or 'no' to all the detail of an Australian republic.

If more than half of all voting age Australians vote ‘yes’, and if more than half vote ‘yes’ in at least four of the six states, then the change would go ahead.

The Australian Republic Movement wants to have this referendum in 2022.  Before then, we should also get a chance to vote on the basic questions - whether we should have an Australian as our head of state, and whether the head of state should be elected by the Parliament or by the voters.

This way, the people would be in charge of the plan for a republic from the start.