Up to 100,000 temporary election jobs available

Updated: 22 May 2023



We are currently recruiting staff for the 2023 Fadden by-election. We are also accepting registrations of interest to work at the referendum.

Working at elections and referendums

The AEC delivers a range of election events including federal elections, by-elections, plebiscites and referendums. For an election event, up to 100,000 employment opportunities in metro, regional and remote areas across Australia will be available.

No election experience is required, we will train, prepare and support you in your election role. To reflect the diverse community we serve, the AEC welcomes people from all backgrounds and locations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to join us and participate in upholding democracy.

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 work venues to protect AEC staff and voters. All temporary workers are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask while on duty. The AEC also strongly encourages our workers to be COVID-19 vaccinated, in accordance with health advice, and remain up-to-date with those vaccinations, as required. COVID-19 safe measures such as personal protective equipment (PPE) or Rapid Antigen Testing will be required for some roles, such as mobile polling at residential aged care facilities.

The AEC takes the safety of our voters and election workers seriously with appropriate COVID-19 measures. The AEC continues to monitor the COVID-19 environment and follows advice from relevant health authorities. This may result in changes to the measures put in place.

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.
  • 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 you a great opportunity to earn extra money, contribute to your community and support democracy by being a part of delivering the vote.

Working at elections offers:

  • paid work
  • short-term employment opportunities
  • on the job training and support
  • a unique work experience and an opportunity to gain new skills.

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.

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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