Register for 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. We welcome all applications.

If you've already registered for election work with us you don't need to do it again for each election. We keep a register of all casual staff, and will contact you with work opportunities during State and local council elections.

You don't 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:

  • an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or hold a current work visa
  • 18 or older.

You will need to have received 2 doses of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to work in a role with us for 4 weeks or less, and 3 doses to work with us for a longer duration.

Diverse workforce

We are committed to making sure our workforce reflects the diversity of the Victorian community we serve. We encourage you to register if you:

  • speak multiple languages including English
  • are from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities
  • live with a disability
  • don't have secure housing.

How to register

To register, click the button below and follow the prompts for 'Election staff'.

Register for work at elections

When creating your account, please enter your email in lowercase. This will become your username.

Your password must contain 10 characters or more, including:

  • at least 1 CAPITAL letter
  • at least 7 lower case letters.
  • at least 1 number
  • at least 1 of these special characters ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( )

You'll get 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. We will ask for your:

  • contact details
  • confirmation of your eligibility
  • diversity information (if you want to provide this information)
  • work or volunteer experience if you have any, but experience is not necessary.

When your registration is complete, you'll get a confirmation email. If you don't get this email, you may not have fully completed your registration. To complete your registration, log back into the portal and select 'Election staff' to finish registering. Follow the prompts to finish or change your registration and submit when complete.

Instructions: How to register for election work (PDF, 858 KB)

This short video also explains how to register:

How to register for election work

Video transcript

Welcome to the Victorian Electoral Commission. This guide will assist you to register for work at elections.

As you can see on the screen, we're on the Victorian Electoral Commission website home page.

Click on ‘Work at elections’. Click on ‘I want to register for work’, read through the information, and as you scroll down you'll see the red ‘Register for work at elections’ button. When you hover over it, it turns blue.

Click on ‘Register for work at elections’. The following screen will appear. Hover over ‘Election staff’ and you'll see it will turn blue. Click on ‘Election staff’ and the following screen appears.

Click on the green ‘Apply’ button.

As you're not already registered, you will need to register for recruitment to create a new account. Read through the privacy statement information.

Click on ‘Privacy at the VEC’ and read through the information on this screen.

Once you're comfortable with the information, go back to the previous tab, and accept and continue. Now you'll be able to create your account by entering your details.

Enter your email address, create a password, enter your first name, your last name, your mobile phone number, then answer the questions.

Once you've completed filling out the questions click on ‘Continue’. When you click on ‘Continue’ this screen will appear: ‘Sign up successful.’

Please note though at this stage your registration is not complete. You will need to activate your account now using the confirmation link in the email sent to the email address you provided.

If you have not received this message, check your junk or spam folder. Once you have gone to your email account and found the email that was generated to activate your account, click on the link that activates your account.

Once your account is activated you will be taken to this screen. There are four tabs across the top. The first one is the ‘Overview’ tab.

Next you will click on the ‘Contact details’ tab and complete all the further information. Once you have completed all of the information on the contact details tab, click on ‘Save’.

Next you will move across to the ‘Questionnaire’ tab. Here you'll need to complete all of the questions. Once you have completed all of the questions, scroll down to the bottom and click on ‘Save’.

Once you have completed the questionnaire, move to the next tab, ‘Submit application’. On this tab you can see that your application is still in draft, so you do one final step to submit your application. Click on ‘Submit’.

As you will see the application has been saved, and your application will be reviewed, and you will be contacted in due course.

Thank you.

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. You'll get 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

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 officials are paid a package rate for their roles.

Read duty statements for all available roles.

Election casuals

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.

Election casuals are paid an hourly rate, including casual loading and overtime (if applicable).

Read duty statements for all available roles

Election staff pay rates

  • Election official pay rates
    Election official role 2022 State election package rate Local Govt and by-election package rate
    Assistant voting centre manager $874 $787
    Count support officer (part day pm) $159 $173
    Declaration issuing officer $628 $569
    Election liaison officer $1,054 $936
    Election official (Ordinary issuing officer ) $568 $498
    Pack-up officer $255 N/A
    Voting centre manager L1 $998 $919
    Voting centre manager L2 $1,034 $975
    Voting centre manager L3 $1,070 $1,045
    Voting centre manager L4 $1,105 $1,158
  • Election casual pay rates
    Election casual role Base hourly rate Rate including 25% loading 1.5 x base rate 2 x base rate
    Assistant early voting manager $30.23 $37.79 $45.35 $60.46
    Computer count team leader $27.96 $34.95 $41.94 $55.92
    Counting officer $25.51 $31.89 $38.27 $51.03
    Counting team leader $27.96 $34.95 $41.94 $55.92
    Data entry operator $30.23 $37.79 $45.35 $60.46
    Democracy ambassador $30.23 $37.79 $45.35 $60.46
    Early voting centre manager $30.23 $37.79 $45.35 $60.46
    Early voting centre officer $25.51 $31.89 $38.27 $51.03
    Election casual consultant L1 $25.51 $31.89 $38.27 $51.03
    Election casual consultant L2 $30.23 $37.79 $45.35 $60.46
    Extraction officer (Local Govt. officer) $24.50 $30.62 $36.74 $48.99
    Mobile voting officer $25.51 $31.89 $38.27 $51.03
    Mobile voting manager $27.96 $34.95 $41.94 $55.92
    Office assistant L1 $25.51 $31.89 $38.27 $51.03
    Office assistant L2 $27.96 $34.95 $41.94 $55.92
    Office assistant L3 $30.23 $37.79 $45.35 $60.46
    Team leader special projects $30.23 $37.79 $45.35 $60.46

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.

Need help?

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. 

Email: personnelhelpline@vec.vic.gov.au
Phone: 1300 783 043 (9 am - 5 pm weekdays)

Election millennials

Video Transcript

0:06 - Tell us about your first job.

0:08 - Wait, do I go?

0:09 - A bit of a weird one

0:10 My most recent job, I was a comedy writer

0:13 for a Mercedes-branded video game.

0:16 - My third job which I still have now is at Salsas.

0:19 - I was coaching soccer, so under-14 girls.

0:22 - The thrill of when I give the people their burrito,>

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?

3:55 (laughter)

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.

4:47 (clapping)

4:49 - High five, you went to clap.

4:50 (laughter)

4:53 Thank you guys.