Media release: AEC encourages Indigenous Australians to apply for temporary election jobs

Updated: 7 May 2016
Opportunities exist for Indigenous Australians to work at the 2016 federal election

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take advantage of temporary job opportunities at election time.

Often described as one of the biggest community events in Australia, a federal election can involve up to 80 000 polling officials working at around 7000 polling places across Australia.

"A culturally diverse workforce is a powerful way to connect with community", said AEC Indigenous Community Engagement Officer, Ms Malama Gray.

"We want to ensure Indigenous Australians take advantage of these job opportunities so they can help their community to have their say at election time.

"There will be a variety of jobs available on polling day as well as before and after the election period.

"Payment depends on the type of work and hours worked.

"If you're energetic, good with people, have an eye for detail and can keep your cool when there's a lot going on, we would encourage you to apply.

"Interested applicants can apply online and provide details of their skills, knowledge and experience to be considered for a position," Ms Gray said.

At the last election, the AEC employed 1065 Indigenous polling officials across Australia. This was almost double the number employed in 2010.

Further information:

  • The AEC's Indigenous Electoral Participation Program is a Closing the Gap initiative. It engages with communities to provide culturally appropriate information, education and awareness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voters.
  • AEC Indigenous and Community Engagement Officers in each state and territory are available for interview on request.
  • For further information, visit