Polling Officer (Former Employee) – Mount Waverley VIC – 21 January 2018
Each election, there are a mix of old and new people of whom you are working with. Management is always friendly, but fair to the staff members, where the most important thing is to keep a smile on your face while providing speedy, but accurate service to the public (everyone has been waiting in line for a period of time). The most difficult part of the job is counting the ballot papers accurately, while also sorting them. The most enjoyable part is seeing the variety of ethnicities belonging to the electorate that I have been assigned to.
Scrutineers Assistant (Former Employee) – Cranbourne North VIC – 13 December 2017
Consist of Friendly Staff, willing to have the teamwork spirit. However, due to the business of the day, it is required by the staff to work until the work is done, even though the pay is a gross amount.
OIC (Former Employee) – Lalor VIC – 23 November 2017
The AEC is disorganised and constantly make avoidable mistakes. They have no cerdibility as they do not acknowledge their mistakes nor do they try to correct them or offer an apology. Very strict electrifying environment, even though there is nothing to worry about.
This has to have been one of the worst jobs I've ever had.
Firstly there was the organisation particularly prior to work commencement. I received a phone call asking me whether I wanted to accept a position at the local pre-polling centre at about 8:30am on a Monday morning; I accepted and was told to monitor my email for details on when the training session was being held; at 2:30pm the same day I received the email telling me the training session was being held at 3:00pm and that i had thirty minutes to get to it. - The training if you could call it that was pathetic, consisting of a short PowerPoint presentation in which the supervisor couldn't even figure out how to get the sound running.
The next day, the first day of work, I arrived at 7:30am, the work was tiring but bearable, during the day i was told there was an online training component I should have completed prior to work commencement, I received no such email. By the end of the day i was absolutely exhausted.
The next day as i was getting ready to go in to work, i got held up which would have made me ten to fifteen minutes late, as i was traveling to work i got a phone can telling me not to bother coming in as i had been replaced for the day.
About an hour later I received another phone call asking me to come in and fill out some paperwork, when I had finished filling out said paperwork i was simply to 'my services were no longer required' because I didn't meet expectations and because someone tried to call me and i had to silence my phone.
So I basically was used for a single day then discarded.
Post Election Scrutiny Assistant (Former Employee) – Federal NSW – 28 June 2017
Though it was only a short term experience, but I learned a great deal about the process of voting in Australia. It really taught me to be observant and meticulous. Great exposure to work with different teams.
Provided me opportunities to network with other professionals during my time there, and receive insights into how they accelerated their career. Challenged me due to the long hours, however, the remuneration was quite good. It helped me expand my skills in data collation, working in a team, and customer service.
Very good organisation, facility and good managemnet
Polling Assistant (Former Employee) – Perth Airport WA – 25 May 2017
General Admins and busy task need to be done day-to-day with material preparation, paperwork, and software. I have learned lots skill in the field as well as in the office such as scrutiny on the ballot paper and on the computer, on the desk to the final. Great management staff and transparency but some time lifting a bit heavy box of ballot paper which is very much enjoyed
Fast paced filled with a diverse range of cultured people.
Polling Official (Former Employee) – Casino NSW – 6 April 2017
This job only happens when there is an election. A typical day starts at 6:00 am and it doesn't stop until all the counting is done at the end of the day, which can be 11:00 that night. As a polling Officer, you learn to be quick and efficient and to treat every new person with respect. Everything is provided for you. However, you d need to pack your own lunch. The hardest part of the job is counting the votes at the end of the night; having to count fast and precise with lack of rest. The most enjoyable part of the job is meeting multitudes of different people and the very appealing pay check at the end of it all.
2IC Assistant Manager (Former Employee) – Sydney NSW – 6 April 2017
The poling place is very busy and on the go, where you have to be alert on everyones move, responsible for smooth running of the polling place. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many different individuals and cultures. The AEC trained and prepared me well by management. The challenge is making sure all ballot papers are correctly counted and in the correct order for distribution back to head office.
meeting different individuals and making friends.
long hours, can't leave until all papers are counted and accountable for.
My manager on the day was helpful and supportive. Being a new team member for the Australian Election process she made the day informative and fun. As polling assistants, after counting we went home at a reasonable hour.
Very busy voting venue catering to three major electorates of Granydler, Reed and Watson. Served over 4,000 voters
Pre-Polling Officer (Former Employee) – Sydney NSW – 2 March 2017
Staff arrived 15 to 20 minutes before Voting Opening time at 9a.m. Sign in for our team of friendly, cheerful staff. Prepare Voting Venue, place display signs, receive, count and record ballot papers issued, man voting table just before opening time. All staff were rotated through the day with different duties, eg. ballot paper issuing, ballot box guarding, queue controlling. I learnt: at all times accuracy is vital in identifying voters and marking off their names correctly on the electoral roll, accountability for ballot papers received and issued is important, pleasant service with respect for voters an important representation of Electoral Commission. Management and work culture, efficient and supportive team. Pleasant work culture maintained even though inundated by the volume of voters turnout. Hardest part of the job, tiring at end of day. The busy-ness was very interesting and our supportive team a pleasure to be a part of.
Interesting job, look forward to the next election.