100,000 temporary election jobs available

Updated: 22 April 2022

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Working at elections

The AEC needs to employ around 100,000 people right across Australia for the election on Saturday 21 May.

Most jobs are working in polling places on election day, but there are also jobs before election day, such as working in early voting centres, outposted centres and mobile polling. People are also needed after election day to help count votes, manage election materials and complete a range of administration tasks.

COVID-19 safety measures will be in place at polling places and other workplaces to protect AEC workers and voters. All temporary election workers will need to wear a face mask and be fully vaccinated. Medical exemptions may be allowed for some roles.

Reminder for people already registered

  • It is a condition of employment for all temporary election workforce staff to have full COVID-19 vaccination, or a medical exemption.
  • All election workers will be required to wear a mask.
  • If you have previously registered to work at elections, it’s important to log in and update your registration of interest to include your vaccination status. This is required before work in the 2022 federal election can be offered. Please also ensure your contact details are up to date.

Log in to AEC employment to confirm your details are current and update your vaccination status.

Why work at elections?

Elections are a fundamental part of our democratic process in Australia and require around 100,000 temporary workers.

Working at elections offers:

  • paid work
  • short-term employment opportunities
  • on the job training and support
  • a unique work experience.

Pay ranges from $25.54 to $48.29 per hour, depending on the job. You can find out more at pay rates and conditions.

Register your interest

The AEC has a register of people who may be offered temporary work during elections, including federal elections, by-elections, plebiscites and referendums.

If you want to be considered for temporary election work, you can submit an online registration of interest.

People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

In the lead up to an electoral event, the AEC will assess your registration of interest and contact you if suitable opportunities become available.

Reminder for people already registered

  • It is a condition of employment for all temporary election workforce staff to have full COVID-19 vaccination, or a medical exemption.
  • If you have previously registered to work at elections, it’s important to log in and update your registration of interest to include your vaccination status. This is required before work in the 2022 federal election can be offered. Please also ensure your contact details are up to date.

Log in to AEC employment to confirm your details are current and update your vaccination status.

Help is available

If you have low vision or difficulty completing your registration online, please call the AEC help desk on 02 6271 4631 for assistance.

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There are a range of digital promotional products available to help organisations and community groups promote registrations of interest for election work.

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