FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

People applying to work at an election, or who have been offered or employed in a position for an election, can contact the Employment Support Desk for assistance.

The Employment Support Desk can assist you with any queries relating to the Expression of Interest (E O I) application, selection process, conditions of employment, online training support and payroll queries.

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (F A Q) around working at an election that may assist you with your query. Alternatively you can contact the Employment Support Desk during business hours by calling 1300 135 736 or emailing eoi@elections.nsw.gov.au.

I’d like to work at the upcoming Election

You can register your interest to work at the election by submitting an Expression of Interest via the Working at Elections page.

The Expression of Interest will require you to provide information about any previous election experience, your work preferences and also to confirm statements regarding political neutrality and conflict of interest.

Returning Officers will review these applications once they commence work in their office and make offers of employment by email.

I’ve received an email and would like to register my Expression of Interest?

You can register your interest to work at the election by submitting an Expression of Interest via the Working at Elections page.

I’ve received an SMS and would like to register an Expression of Interest?

You can register your interest to work at the election by submitting an Expression of Interest via the Working at Elections page.

Can I complete a paper based Expression of Interest forms?

A hard copy, paper based Expression of Interest form, can be requested by calling the Election Support Desk on 1300 135 736.

The completed form must be returned by post to: NSW Electoral Commission, Attn: Employment Support Desk, GPO Box 832, Sydney NSW 2000.

The Employment Support Desk will enter the details from your paper based Expression of Interest into the online employment system to allow the selection and appointment process to take place.

How much will I get paid?

A link to the pay rates applicable for the election can be found via the Working at Elections page.

I would only like to work on Election Day, how do I indicate this on my application?

When completing the Expression of Interest you will be asked to indicate your availability for work at the election. Applicants can advise their preference to work in a polling place and their availability i.e. full-time, part-time, weekends only etc.

You can work in either a polling place and/or at the RO office.

I would only like to work in an RO office, how do I indicate this on my application?

When completing the Expression of Interest you will be asked to indicate your availability for work at the election. Applicants can advise their preference to work in the RO office and their availability i.e. full-time, part-time, weekends only etc.

You can work in either a polling place and/or at the RO office.

I’ve worked before, do I have to complete an EOI again?

Yes, an Expression of Interest must be completed for each election event. This will also ensure that we have current contact details and experience.  A new employee ID is generated for each election event.

I don’t live in NSW, can I still apply to work?

You are eligible to work at the election so long as you are a currently enrolled elector on the national electoral roll.

I have a disability – can I still work?

Persons with a disability are encouraged to apply for positions at the election. During the Expression of Interest you will be asked to indicate if you have a disability and if so, whether reasonable adjustment to the workplace is required. Applicants should complete these sections as applicable and the Employment Support Desk will contact you to discuss your situation further.

Will there be any requirement to lift or move heavy items during my employment?

Staff working at the election will be required to undertake some manual handling during the course of their employment. This may include moving items up to 8kg in weight. Staff are encouraged to practice safe manual handling techniques and use tools such as trolleys or the assistance of others when moving heavy items. If you have any concerns regarding the manual handling requirements of an election role please contact the Employment Support Desk to discuss further.

My login and password is not working?

All applicants are required to register for each election event. Staff who have worked on a previous election event cannot use the staff ID or password issued by the NSWEC at the previous election. When you register a new Expression of Interest for the upcoming event, a new employee number will be provided and the user will establish their own password. On completion of your registration an email will be sent confirming the employee number that you will use throughout the event.

Once registered if you forget the password you can contact the Employment Support Desk on 1300 135 736 to request your password to be reset.

I’m not sure if I registered properly?

On completion of your registration an email will be sent confirming your registration was successful. If you do not receive the email within 24 hours of registering your Expression of Interest please contact the Employment Support Desk on 1300 135 736.

When will I receive the employment offer?

Returning Officers are responsible for the recruitment decisions within their area. Offers of employment will generally commence from 4 weeks prior to Election Day.

I’ve received a SMS or Email about working at an election but would like to be removed from your employment database?

If you no longer wish to be contacted about employment opportunities at an election please send your details and advice to eoi@elections.nsw.gov.au. Please confirm if you don’t wish to be contacted for this election event or all future election events.

Is it compulsory to complete the selection criteria in the Expression of Interest?

Although not compulsory, information provided by applicants in the selection criteria of the expression of interest will assist the Returning Officers to recruit people with the most appropriate skills and experience for the position.

Returning Officers will make selection decisions based on the information provided in the Expression of Interest therefore it is important that this section is completed even if you have worked at previous elections.

Applications for supervisory positions including the Senior Office Assistant and the Polling Place Manager require the completion of the ‘Supervisory / Time Management Experience’ selection criteria in order to be considered for selection.