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The NSW Electoral Commission is seeking 10,000 staff to fill a range of jobs at the 2019 State election on March 23, particularly in Western Sydney. Roles are available for election day, as well as some administrative roles. No prior experience necessary & training is provided.

The information below was adopted from the NSW Electoral Commission's site.

Conducting an election is a major public event. During major election events some 5 million electors vote across NSW. 
The NSW Electoral Commission offer opportunities to work at state and local government elections. Work is available on election day and throughout the election period, the weeks before and after election day. 

Working at an election is a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet people, while you also play a valuable part in contributing to democracy. We look for staff to work as election officials during the election period. Staff receive training, support and a competitive pay rate.


To work at an election, you need to be on the electoral roll. You can check your enrolment details on our website.

Workforce diversity

The NSW Electoral Commission embraces diversity and inclusion and is committed to creating a workplace that reflects the population of New South Wales. Election staff who have previously worked for us are encouraged to apply.

You are also encouraged to apply if you identify as one of the following:

  • you have no prior experience working at elections

  • you speak a language other than English

  • you are living with a disability

  • you are an Aboriginal person.

Expression of interest

To register your interest to work at an election, you will need to submit an expression of interest form for the specific election event.Read about the expression of interest process

Current vacancies

The NSW Electoral Commission runs many different elections, including State elections, local government elections and by-elections. The current vacancies are listed below.

NSW State election 2019

The State election is on Saturday 23 March 2019. There will be work opportunities on election day and during the election period, the weeks before and following election day.

Register your interest to work at the 2019 NSW State election


Local council by-elections on 16 February 2019

Register your interest to work at the local council by-elections

Political neutrality

The NSW Electoral Commission is committed to maintaining public confidence in the integrity of the electoral system and the impartiality of election officials. Employees must not be members of any political party or engage in political activity. Any person unable to meet these expectations cannot be considered for employment.

Privacy statement

The information collected by the NSW Electoral Commission  will only be used to assess your suitability for employment as an election official with the NSW Electoral Commission and ongoing management of your employment if your application is successful.

In submitting an Expression of Interest form, you are agreeing to be registered with the NSW Electoral Commission for temporary employment at NSW State and local government elections and by-elections for a period of five years.

Specific payroll information may be retained for longer periods to comply with payroll and taxation legislative requirements.

Applicants and employees may be asked to take part in an anonymous survey about their experience of the recruitment process and working with the NSW Electoral Commission. Such surveys are entirely voluntary and information gathered is used to improve our recruitment processes.

Personal information collected by the NSW Electoral Commission is handled in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998.

Subject to your consent within your Expression of Interest, your personal information will be provided to other electoral administrations for recruitment purposes.

Please note that anyone who accepts a position with the NSW Electoral Commission may have their personal information and earnings provided to Centrelink for data matching purposes. Centrelink is empowered by section 195 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (Commonwealth) to request this information to help it detect incorrect payments. Under section 195(4) of the Act, irrelevant information will be destroyed within 13 weeks.

Conflicts of interest statement

The public is entitled to expect the business of the NSW Electoral Commission to be conducted with fairness and impartiality. To meet this expectation it is important that election officials avoid conflicts of interest.

A conflict of interest exists when it is likely that an election official could be influenced, or could be perceived to be influenced, by a personal interest in carrying out their public duty. For example an interest that may give rise to a conflict of interest for an election official is a personal relationship with a candidate contesting an election.
An election official must disclose any potential or actual conflicts of interest to their election manager or to the Electoral Commissioner.


If you have questions about the application process or working at elections, contact the employment helpdesk on 1300 135 736.

If you have a disability and would like to ask about reasonable workplace adjustments, you can also contact the employment helpdesk.

© State of New South Wales through the NSW Electoral Commission

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