What to expect when working at an electoral event

‘I’m so glad I decided to give election work a go all those years ago. It’s been a fantastic experience throughout – I’ve worked in some really varied roles and met people from all walks of life. It really is incredible to see and so worthwhile to be involved with – it’s the perfect way to give back to the community. I’d recommend it to anyone!’
Susan Hogarth, TAS.

Working before voting day

If you are looking for more than 1 day of work, there are several roles available prior to voting day.

In the lead up to voting day, work usually runs between the normal business hours of 8:30am to 5pm. However, as voting day gets closer, there may be evening and weekend work available. When you register your interest with us, you will be able to select when you would like to work (day, evening, weekends).

The main jobs before voting day are:

  • Helping people vote before election day (also known as early voting) for example in places like aged-care homes and in remote parts of Australia.
  • administration and logistics assistance (office-based).

Working on voting day

For most staff, the day usually begins at 7am and finishes no later than 11pm, when all required duties are completed. The hours you work depends on your availability and what job you are offered; some people work only during the day or the night.  There are some 5 hour shifts available, during busy times and at night.

Below is an example of a typical day at a place where people come to vote:

7am: The day starts with a face-to-face briefing. After the briefing, we finish setting up everything needed, for the public to vote.

8am: The members of the public start to arrive to vote.

Lunch: Everyone working 5 hours or more gets at least one 30-minute break. 

6pm: The queue to vote closes. Those that remain in queue can still vote.

6pm – until close:  The main job between these hours is to count votes. Training will be provided on how to do this.  The day will end when all votes are counted and pack up is completed. No later than 11pm.


A 30-minute break must be taken after continuously working for five hours. Meal breaks are co-ordinated by the supervisor.

Working after voting day

Let us know if you love to count!  After voting day, the primary job is to count all the voting papers in an outposted centre.  There are also a range of administrative tasks done in office. These jobs are normally during business hours, but sometimes there are extended hours and weekend work available.


  • The AEC does not provide food, so bring enough food and drinks to get you through the day, as you may not be close to shops.
  • The size of the team will be between 2 – 16 people, this is dependent on the location and expected number of votes.  
  • So we can understand your needs prior to commencing your shift, let us know when registering in the section 'Other' about reasonable adjustments or medical conditions.

For more information on pay, and job training please see FAQs.  

Updated: 16 August 2023