Register for casual election work
Working at elections is a great way to contribute to democracy in Victoria. Election staff enjoy great pay rates, training and a unique working experience.
If you've already registered for casual work with us you don't need to do it again for each election. We keep a register of all casual staff, and we will contact you with work opportunities during State and local council elections.
Who should register for casual election work?
You do not need experience to be considered for an election casual role, but you do need to be eligible to work. To be eligible for election work you must be:
- either on the roll, a permanent resident, or hold a current work visa
- over the age of 18 (some roles are open to people over 16)
You may also need to show evidence of your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status when starting in an election role.
We want our elections workforce to reflect the diversity of Victoria. That's why we encourage applications from:
- people with disabilities
- people who speak English and other languages
- Aboriginal peoples.
How to register
To register, click the button below and follow the prompts for 'Election staff'. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to verify your email address and complete your registration.
The full registration process can take up to 30 minutes. You will be asked for:
- contact details
- confirmation of your eligibility
- diversity information (if you want to provide this information)
- work experience (if any) and work preferences
- referee contact details
We will send you a second confirmation email when your registration is complete. If you don't get a second email you may not have completed your registration. Log in at appointments.vec.vic.gov.au and select 'Election staff' to finish registering. Follow the prompts to finish or change your registration and submit when complete.
Election staff self-service portal
After your registration is complete we will add you to our personnel database. This can take up to 5 business days. We'll send you a welcome email when this process is completed. The email will include a link to the election staff self-service portal. You can manage all your details here.
For more information about the portal visit the registered workers page.
Types of election roles
Election officials work in voting centres on election day. Some of the roles available include:
- election official (this can include issuing ballot papers, guarding ballot boxes, or managing queues at voting centres)
- election liaison officer
- voting centre manager.
Election casuals work before, on and after election day in a variety of locations. Some of the roles include:
- counting officer
- early voting centre manager
- office assistant.
Pay rates depend on the role and the type of election. Download the Employment guide for election casuals and officials (PDF, 955 KB) to view pay rates.
Disclosure of political activities
Having staff who are politically neutral is critical to our impartiality. Before offering you a job we will ask you to disclose any political memberships and activities. We are lawfully authorised to refuse employment to a person because of any political membership or activity.
For more information you can download the Employment guide for election casuals and officials (PDF, 955 KB). Please contact our personnel helpline if you have a question that is not answered in the guide.
Phone: 1300 783 043 (9 am - 5 pm weekdays)
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0:10 My most recent job, I was a comedy writer
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0:19 - I was coaching soccer, so under-14 girls.
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0:25 they just smile.
0:27 I love seeing the smile on people's faces
0:28 when they receive the food.
0:30 - Yeah, there's not much that makes you happier than-
0:33 - A nice burrito, yeah.
0:37 - Why did you want to work for the electoral commission?
0:40 - I wouldn't say that I 100% wanted to work for it,
0:42 but I went to an early voting centre which you worked at,
0:47 'cause you worked at an early voting centre.
0:49 And then this lady was handing out little sheets asking
0:51 if people wanted to work, and it said no experience required
0:54 and you'll work with young people.
0:56 So I'm just, oh yeah, why not?
0:58 - I always wanted to have a career when I was older
1:01 in like the legal, political field, so I don't know,
1:04 I was talking to a lot of people and they said kids
1:06 that have the Victorian Electoral Commission
1:09 on their resume, it shows that even from an young age
1:12 they were interested and I think
1:13 that's probably the first reason I sort of
1:15 said I'll do this.
1:16 - I remember the morning, no, the night
1:20 before I was going to start when I was 18, the first time
1:24 I was so nervous 'cause I didn't really have a shirt
1:26 that I felt was office-y enough.
1:28 You know I never worked in an office, I didn't know,
1:31 I'd only seen Ricky Gervais.
1:33 I didn't know what to expect and then I rocked up
1:37 and everyone's just, you know,
1:38 and I went oh, okay, this is a lot more relaxed,
1:41 and yeah, a much more relaxing environment than I expected.
1:46 - [Beth] So my role at the Electoral Commission was working
1:48 in the early voting centres.
1:49 We would issue ballot papers, direct them where to vote,
1:55 direct them where the ballot box was, help them
1:58 with any sort of more complicated issues such as
2:00 if their name wasn't coming up on the electoral roll
2:03 or if they moved address, we basically covered everything
2:06 bar counting the votes ourselves.
2:08 - So I had a new role and that was taking surveys
2:13 as people were exiting the area.
2:16 - Like their experience at the voting,
2:18 like if they were happy with the service or the timing,
2:21 everything about the voting really, yeah.
2:23 - It wasn't hard to understand what to do.
2:24 I think you're a bit intimidated at the start
2:27 'cause it's like, for me personally, it felt like
2:29 my first real job, if that makes sense.
2:32 - For this, it's just good for people
2:34 that don't have any experience for this,
2:35 just you can hop straight into it.
2:38 It's like on the job training so you get paid
2:40 to do the training and it's like all in the one day,
2:42 it's just like really easy and it's a really big part
2:45 especially to do with the election,
2:47 like the election is really important.
2:48 - There's something really gratifying about, yeah,
2:51 especially when I was 18, you come into a work environment
2:54 where the majority of people at the time were probably
2:57 twice my age or older and yet I was treated as a peer
3:02 and I was given a level of respect and responsibility
3:07 that I was hoping for.
3:09 - Someone came up to me and was like here's a job you can do
3:11 that you don't need 10 years experience to do,
3:14 but you'll be treated like an equal as like, you know,
3:17 just a member of society who's helping, you know,
3:20 - [Rikki] Like the community. - [Beth] the community,
3:21 helping the community and getting paid for it.
3:23 - The VEC has managed to foster a culture in which everyone
3:28 really wants to help each other out,
3:30 That there are people in their sixties who don't really
3:32 know how to use computers and hey, I was born in the '90s,
3:37 I can manage that for them,
3:40 but I felt like I imparted some, like
3:44 Gen Y minutia onto these baby boomers, you know?
3:49 - Last one.
3:51 Why is this a good role for young people?
3:56 - I believe in having a really diverse resume.
3:58 - Yeah.
3:59 - I think it's good to have different experiences
4:02 in different fields. - Yeah, a variety.
4:04 - The money.
4:06 - The money, it's just-- - The fat stacks, you know.
4:09 - It's not volunteer work.
4:10 - The money's really good.
4:12 - The money's quite good. - Yeah,
4:13 I was happy with that.
4:14 - It's the most flexible job
4:16 that I've ever had the experience to do.
4:21 - 'Cause it's more casual 'cause obviously there's not
4:23 an election everyday.
4:25 It's like you can still have other jobs as well.
4:27 It's not like that's your one job, that's what your doing,
4:29 you can still, you can have the flexibility with it,
4:32 it's not just.
4:33 - And like when I first did it, I heard through a friend
4:36 and they put my name up for it, but I didn't know
4:38 how to get into it initially either,
4:39 but they want you on the system.
4:41 - It was easy to apply. - They can contact you again,
4:43 and be like hey do you want to work?
4:46 - And that's a wrap.
4:49 - High five, you went to clap.
4:53 Thank you guys.