What is Casual/Temporary employment?
The Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) maintains a register of people who are interested in casual/temporary employment for electoral activities and events.
Work available includes electoral official positions in voting centres, working on mobile voting teams and office administrative support. This may involve working at Territory and council elections, citizenship ceremonies and community engagement activities, such as enrolment stands at local shows and shopping centres.
No prior electoral experience is necessary. All casual/temporary positions receive on-the-job and/or formal training. Depending on the position and circumstances, employment may involve working during business hours, weekends, after hours or for extended periods, including travel to remote locations.
Pay is based on a package or hourly rate depending on expected hours and type of work. Some positions are available in regional centres or may involve travelling in remote locations.
NOTE: NTEC employees MUST be registered on the electoral roll and cannot be, or seen to be, politically active.
To apply for all casual/temporary employment opportunities, launch the employment application form here. The form is an expression of interest only. If suitable you will be contacted for a short interview. Completing the expression of interest form does not in any way guarantee that the NTEC will consider you for, or offer you, employment.
If you agree, your details may also be forwarded to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for consideration for work at federal elections.
Frequently asked questions
These questions apply to casual/temporary employment.
What is an expression of interest?
Expressions of interest for temporary employment as an electoral official are used to gather and collate information on persons looking for short-term election-related employment.
The background information and details you provide will support an assessment on merit as to your work-related qualities, including transferable skills and abilities, relevant personal qualities, the ability to contribute to a team environment and relate to a diverse electorate.
Your expression of interest will be considered in conjunction with others and an order of merit determined. Interviews may be conducted in an NTEC office, where practical and if time permits. In other instances telephone interviews may be conducted.
Do I need to provide details of referees?
The names and contact details of two referees may be required to support your expression of interest.
Will I receive acknowledgement of receipt of my expression of interest?
Expressions of interest for temporary employment will not be acknowledged.
What if my personal details change after submitting an expression of interest?
Advise the NTEC of your updated personal details and, if necessary, complete a new expression of interest form. If updating your details includes a change of name and/or address, please complete an enrolment form or update your details on-line.
What if I'm offered temporary employment?
You will be sent a formal offer of employment together with other employment-related forms to complete and return.
Will I receive training?
Certain types of electoral officials are required before taking up their employment to attend formal training sessions and undertake home study using training manuals. On-the job support and training is provided.
Temporary employment categories
Temporary employees may be engaged for short periods for the following positions:
Election centre managers and support staff
There are two categories of electoral officials:
- those required to work in the period immediately prior to eleciton day to assist with early voting and mobile voting, and
- those required to work in a voting centre on election day only.
Electoral officials working at early voting centres or on mobile voting teams are advised of the hours of duty when an offer of employment is made. Mobile voting officials may be required for one day’s mobile voting in urban hospitals, care facilities and correctional institutions, or up to seven days visiting mostly Aboriginal communities in remote areas. Remote voting takes place in the two weeks prior to and on election day, in accordance with a published timetable.
Staff employed at early voting centres issue ballot materials to voters who, like postal voters, cannot vote at a voting centre on election day and choose to attend in person at a regional or urban centre before election day.
Electoral officials working at a voting centre are advised of the hours of duty when an offer of employment is made. Duty can commence as early as 7:00 am and officials are required to remain on duty after 6:00 pm until work at the voting centre is completed.
Officers-in-charge (OICs) are responsible for the management and the conduct of voting at a voting centre.
Responsibilities include the inspection and setting up of the voting centre, receipt and checking of all election materials, supervising voting centre staff in their duties, packaging and returning materials to head office. On election day, a preliminary scrutiny or examination and count of ballot papers may be required, receipt and checking of all election materials, supervising electoral staff in their duties, packaging and returning materials to head office. On election day, a preliminary scrutiny or examination and count of ballot papers may be required.
A second-in-charge (2IC) is employed mainly in larger voting centres to assist the OIC with voting and counting duties. The 2IC may provide relief for other electoral staff as required.
Declaration vote issuing officer
Declaration vote issuing officers issue ballot papers to voters who are absent (away) from their own division or council area and to voters lodging provisional votes for subsequent validation. Duties include processing declaration vote envelopes, completing relevant returns, packaging/labeling materials and assisting with the count of ballot papers after voting closes.
Enquiry officers attend to the needs of voters waiting in the queue, assist voters who require help in casting a vote and assist with the count of ballot papers after voting centres close.
Ordinary vote issuing officer
Ordinary vote issuing officers issue ballot papers to voters who are voting within their own division or council area and whose names are found on the list of voters. Duties include marking the list to show the voter has voted, completing the account of ballot papers and assisting with the count of ballot papers after voting centres close.
Ballot box guard
Ballot box guards supervise ballot boxes to ensure that voters place ballot papers in the correct ballot box, direct voters to the exit and assist with the count of ballot papers after voting centres close.
Queue controllers organise voters into a single queue, direct voters to issuing points, ensure voters voting outside their area are directed to declaration issuing points, identify voters who require assistance and assist with the count of ballot papers after voting centres close.
Mobile team leaders and members
Remote mobile voting
Remote mobile voting can occur in the two weeks before and on election day and may involve working in remote locations, often in Aboriginal communities, to take votes.
Persons expressing an interest in this type of electoral work MUST be able to demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity, be able to work as part of a team and have the ability and willingness to travel in light aircraft, 4WD vehicles and/or boats.
Urban mobile voting
Electoral officials may be employed to carry out mobile voting at hospitals, aged care facilities and prisons in the weeks prior to election day in accordance with a published timetable.
Mobile voting team leader
The mobile voting team leader is responsible for managing the team and the conduct of voting at the mobile voting location/s.
Responsibilities include the receipt and checking of all election materials, inspection and setting up of the voting centre, supervising electoral staff in their duties, conducting the count, and reconciling, packaging and returning materials to head office.
Mobile voting team second in charge (2IC)
The 2IC is employed to issue ballot papers and to assist the mobile voting team leader with voting and counting duties, including providing relief for the mobile voting team leader as required.
Mobile voting team member
Mobile voting team members are employed to issue ballot papers and to assist the mobile voting team with voting and counting duties.
Indigenous linguists are highly sought after to provide local language interpretation of election materials produced in English.
A speaker of an indigenous language/s who is able to translate and transcribe their language accurately from prescribed English material can help electoral officials communicate clear, accurate and timely voting information. This work may also include assisting in the development of support materials like posters and radio and television advertisements targeted at remote communities.
An indigenous linguist must also be able to make decisions about what to translate and what to reject - sound judgment is, therefore, essential. A keen interest in community affairs is a major advantage. It is vital that translators have strong analytical and interpretive skills to be able to be able to produce accurate translations.
Indigenous linguists may also act as intermediaries who are able to advise what advertising mechanisms may be working or not working and why. They can also provide feedback on how to enhance messages for the various communities and/or what is the community perception of the NTEC’s services.
Electoral roll review officers
Electoral roll review officers door knock residences in specified areas to establish that the residents are in fact correctly enrolled.
The electoral roll review officer must be physically capable of walking for extended periods, coping with stairs and difficult terrain, have a driver’s license, access to a vehicle and be able to demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
Officers generally check around 150 to 200 residences which can take between 7 and 14 days to complete.
Office assistants are engaged on a 'needs' basis to assist permanent electoral staff on election related tasks. Hours may be temporary or casual. Only persons available during normal business hours for extended periods are advised to apply.
Events include Legislative Assembly and Council elections, enrolment stands at shopping centres, shows, citizenship ceremonies, and fee-for-service ballots.
Workloads vary and there are no guarantees as to the nature or duration of the work on a particular day. Casual office assistants are engaged at the manager’s discretion and may not be required for duty after a specific task is completed.
As a general rule, office assistants work during normal business hours; however, due to deadlines imposed during an election there may be a requirement to work during evenings and/or weekends and public holidays.
Casual assistants may also be employed to help set up and dismantle voting screens, unfold ballot papers, package material and tidy the office or voting centre.
Postal voting officer
Postal voting officers issue ballot papers to voters who, for various reasons cannot attend a voting centre in the Territory on election day. Under direction, the postal voting officer will scrutinise written applications for a 'postal vote' and will post ballot papers to eligible postal voters. These must be completed and returned to the Commission by a given deadline.
Postal voting officer positions can be located in Darwin and regional centres throughout the Territory and usually involve temporary employment for two weeks prior to election day. Postal voting officers work during normal business hours; however, may be required to work during evenings and/or weekends and public holidays to meet election deadlines.