Election positions

Updated: 26 April 2018

There is a wide range of paid temporary roles available throughout a federal election from supervisory to administrative roles.

Before election day

These positions support preparation for the election and conducting early voting. Early voting includes pre-poll voting in several locations across each electorate and mobile polling, which provides a range of voter services to remote communities, hospitals, aged care and other facilities. Some positions may involve long hours or travel, predominantly Monday – Friday.

On election day

These positions conduct polling at polling places on election day. You will normally be required to work extended hours, usually from 7am to 10.30pm. The polling place will be open from 8am to 6pm and staff will conduct a count of ballot papers once polling ends. Staff must remain at the polling place until all duties are completed.

There are also a number of positions required on election night, usually commencing from 4pm onwards. This includes assisting with counting votes, processing materials returned from polling places and overnight sorting of materials. These positions are located at the divisional "out posted centre".

The majority of these roles involve prolonged periods of sitting and standing, and the ability to lift and carry up to 12kgs.

After election day

These positions support the count of all votes cast at the election and administrative work to finalise the election. This may involve extended hours and weekend work and typically runs for three weeks after election day.

Each position has its own set of tasks, competencies and attributes as outlined below.

All election staff are required to complete relevant training before commencing employment. This may be a combination of on the day, online and attendance training.

Supervisor roles

  • Most supervisor roles require a character check including a police check (conducted by an AEC contracted provider)
  • Supervising staff, problem solving, following set procedures
  • Organisation skills including prioritisation, time management and multi-tasking
  • Self-motivated
  • Effective communicator
  • Customer service focussed

Team member roles

  • Administration skills
  • Customer service focussed
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Follow set procedures

Mobile polling roles

  • Travel between polling places which requires full driver’s licence and use of private vehicle

Individuals interested in applying for work at elections must meet the following core competencies and requirements:

  1. Australian citizen
  2. All roles on election day require you to be 18 years or over
  3. Political neutrality
  4. Basic literacy and numeracy skills (reading, writing and comprehension)
  5. Basic interpersonal/communication skills
  6. Basic computer skills
  7. Basic analytical skills
  8. Good attention to detail
  9. Ability to follow directions and perform repetitive tasks
  10. Ability to learn in a short time frame
  11. Ability to lift and carry up to 12kgs (applies to the majority of election roles)
  12. Ability to work long hours in varying polling place conditions, with prolonged periods of standing, sitting or driving (for mobile polling roles).

Summary of election staff positions available

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Position Main tasks Attributes
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Early Voting Liaison Officer (EVLO)
  • Oversight and manage the operation of polling across multiple polling places
  • Visit multiple early voting or election day polling places and mobile polling teams
  • Ensure compliance with policies and procedures
  • Conduct compliance checks during polling
  • Assist the Officer in Charge (OIC) during polling
  • Manage emerging problems and issues at polling places and with mobile polling teams
  • Remotely manage polling places and mobile polling teams, where travel is not feasible
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training

Polling Place Liaison Officer (PPLO)

  • Oversight and manage the operation of polling across multiple polling places
  • Visit multiple early voting or election day polling places and mobile polling teams
  • Ensure compliance with policies and procedures
  • Conduct compliance checks during polling
  • Assist the Officer in Charge (OIC) during polling
  • Manage emerging problems and issues at polling places and with mobile polling teams
  • Remotely manage polling places and mobile polling teams, where travel  is not feasible
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training

Officer In Charge (OIC)

  • Manage the set up, preparation and dismantling of the polling place before and after polling
  • Responsible for all aspects of the conduct of polling in the polling place
  • Ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures
  • Supervise polling place staff
  • Securely manage polling materials, including ballot papers
  • Deal with voters and political party workers
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training

Second In Charge (2IC)

  • Assist the OIC with all their duties, as directed
  • Perform the role of OIC in their absence
  • Support the OIC with the set up, preparation and dismantling of the polling place before and after polling
  • Ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures
  • Supervise polling place staff
  • Securely manage polling materials, including ballot papers
  • Deal with voters and political party workers
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training

Declaration Vote Issuing Officer

Inquiry Officer

  • Issue declaration/ordinary votes to voters
  • Provide enrolment and voting advice and assistance to voters
  • Assist with post-polling activities and reconciliation at the polling place after 6pm
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training

Ordinary Vote Issuing Officer

Ballot Box Guard

Queue Controller

  • Issue ballot papers to voters and mark off their name as having voted 
  • Guard ballot boxes
  • Assist counting votes and other associated activities at the polling place after 6pm
  • Organise and manage the queue of voters
  • Direct voters to relevant voting points and exit
  • Identify voters that require assistance

Scrutiny Assistant

  • Under the direction of the OIC, assist with preparation of material for vote counting, dismantling of the polling place, packing materials, removing signs and posters
  • Undertake vote counting and assist with post-polling activities
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training
Scrutiny Assistant with additional responsibility for the Return of Materials (RoM)
  • Under the direction of the OIC, assist with preparation of material for vote counting, dismantling of the polling place, packing materials, removing signs and posters
  • Undertake vote counting and assist with post-polling activities
  • Required to return polling materials following polling to a location advised by the OIC
  • Securely manage polling materials, including ballot papers
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training

Mobile Polling Team Leader

  • Manage a small team to deliver mobile polling in a range of locations – e.g. hospitals, aged care facilities, remote communities, Indigenous communities and mining  sites
  • Responsible for all aspects of the conduct of polling
  • Ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures
  • Supervise mobile polling staff
  • Securely manage polling materials, including ballot papers
  • Deal with voters and political party workers
  • Return polling materials to the designated electoral premises
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training

Mobile Polling Team Member

  • Support the Mobile Polling Supervisor in delivering mobile polling
  • Ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures
  • Securely manage polling materials, including ballot papers
  • Deal with voters and political party workers
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training

Voter Information Officer

  • Greet electors to the polling place
  • Provide information and assistance to electors in their language to help them make a formal vote
  • Hand out relevant translated/targeted material 
  • This position supports Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) voters
  • Required to complete all online and face-to-face training

Temporary Assistant Positions (General)

Supervisor role

  • Roster and manage staff to perform a range of duties as directed by AEC staff for the hours you are required to work
  • Support for election preparation, election conduct and election finalisation
  • Most work is conducted at various locations where required

Team Member

  • Perform a range of duties as directed by AEC staff and the Supervisor for the hours you are required to work
  • Support for election preperation, election conduct and election finalisation
  • Work is conducted at various locations where required

Overnight Materials Return

  • Receive, sort and account for materials returned from polling places following polling on election day

Election staff roles

The election staff roles infographic provides a quick overview of type of roles available before, on or after election day.

Election staff roles
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