100,000 temporary election jobs available

Updated: 9 January 2023

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Working at elections

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 workers will need to wear a face mask. Workers in Mobile and Remote teams will be required to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations. Medical exemptions may be allowed for some roles.

The AEC strongly encourages our workers to be COVID-19 vaccinated, in accordance with health advice, and remain up to date with those vaccinations as required.

Reminder for people already registered

  • It is a condition of employment for temporary workers in certain positions (Mobile Polling and Remote teams) to have COVID-19 vaccination, or a medical exemption.
  • All electoral event workers will be required to wear a mask
  • If you have previously registered to work, it’s important to log in, review and update your registration of interest details. 

Log in to AEC employment to confirm your details are current.

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 temporary workers in certain positions (Mobile Polling and Remote teams) to have COVID-19 vaccination, or a medical exemption.
  • All electoral event workers will be required to wear a mask
  • If you have previously registered to work, it’s important to log in, review and update your registration of interest details. 

Log in to AEC employment to confirm your details are current.

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.

Promotional resources

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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