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How to become an Electoral Worker

How to become an Electoral Worker

Electoral Workers are people who help out with all sorts of tasks around local, state, and federal elections. They might help people vote on the day, count ballots, answer phones, and do all sorts of behind-the-scenes work to make sure election day runs smoothly.

If you have an interest in politics, are hands-on and friendly, and are looking for work to do between your day-to-day job, you might like to consider becoming an Electoral Worker.

 

About you:

 

  • Excellent communicator
  • Friendly and inviting
  • Willing to work on your feet
  • Knowledge of the electoral process
  • Can work in teams and alone
  • Good with technology
  • Keen and energetic
  • Unbiased and impartial

 

The job:

 

Your tasks will vary depending on exactly the kind of role you’re working in, but here are some things you might be able to expect:

  • Setting up voting centres with tables, signs, etc.
  • Answering questions voters might have
  • Safely storing and transporting ballots
  • Counting ballots at the end of the day
  • Assisting people with special needs to vote

 

Lifestyle Impact: Low

 

  • This work is highly seasonal and is usually only available around election time, so it probably won’t be your full-time job.
  • Your pay will also vary greatly depending on how many hours you work and your role. During federal elections, the AEC has positions that can pay anywhere between $25.54 to $48.29 per hour (source: aec.gov.au).

 

Electoral Workers are most in demand in these locations:

 

Elections are held all around the country at different times of the year, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for election time to see when upcoming jobs might be available.

 

How to become an Electoral Worker in Australia

 

You don’t need any qualifications to be an Electoral Worker in Australia. In most cases you will need to be 18 years old, but there might be some roles available for those over 16.

 

Step 1 – Finish Year 12 with a focus on English.

 

Step 2 – Get experience volunteering in your community.

 

Step 3 – Register your interest around election time for upcoming jobs.

 

Step 4 – Complete any required training.

 

Step 5 – Try out a variety of Electoral Work roles.

 

Find out more here –

https://www.aec.gov.au/employment/working-at-elections/index.htm

https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/About-us/Work-with-us/Work-at-an-election

https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/elections/working-at-an-election

https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/work-with-us/work-at-elections

https://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/interested_in_casual_work_

https://ecsa.sa.gov.au/about-ecsa/careers

https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/about-us/working-commission

https://ntec.nt.gov.au/About-us/employment-opportunities-casual

https://www.tec.tas.gov.au/Staff/StaffInfo.html

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

What do Electoral Workers do?

 

Electoral Workers assist with the preparation and running of elections, including setting up voting centres, assisting voters, counting ballots, and much more.

 

Do I need to go to university to become an Electoral Worker?

 

You don’t need any formal qualifications to become an Electoral Worker.

 

Where do Electoral Workers work?

 

Electoral Workers are needed all across the country – they might work in voting centres, travel to people’s homes to help them vote, or in work call centres answering phones.

 

What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become an Electoral Worker?

 

If you’re in high school and you’d like to find out if electoral work is right for you, here’s a few things you could do right now:

  1. Get lots of experience volunteering in your community – this will help you build up valuable skills and look great on your resume.
  2. Start learning about politics and the electoral process. If you’re interested in a future career in politics, electoral work is a great way to get started.
  3. Talk to an Electoral Worker to see what their job involves. If you don’t know anyone, try to find videos or documentaries instead.

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