Electoral Commission Queensland

Frequently asked questions

1. What date is the next state election?

2. Can I choose where I work?

3. Will I receive training?

4. I am not on the electoral roll - can I still work at the next election?

5. How much will I be paid and when will I be paid?

6. When will I hear if my application has been successful? 

7. I am having problems with my EOI login/application. Can you help?

8. I have received an error message after submitting my EOI. What do I do?

9. I have submitted an EOI, how can I check it has gone through?

10. How do I change details that I entered in my original EOI?

1. What date is the next state election?

The date of the election hasn't been announced yet. It can be held anytime between now and early 2018. ECQ aims to be well-prepared and that's why we have advertised for staff.

2. Can I choose where I work?

No, successful applicants aren't able to choose where they work. Returning Officers do try to hire people at polling booths close to their homes but that's not always possible. 

3. Will I receive training?

Yes, successful applicants will be given a handbook and online training. Training is mandatory and must be completed before work commences.

4. I am not on the electoral roll - can I still work at the next election?

Yes, you can still apply by lodging an EOI. If you are offered a position you will need to fill out a paper Tax File Number Declaration Form – which you can obtain from the Returning Officer in your area.

5. How much will I be paid and when will I be paid?

The pay rates (PDF, 44.9 KB) vary for each position. 

It states in the Terms and Conditions of Employment (PDF, 72.3 KB) that wages can be paid up to three weeks after the election. Payments are directly deposited into bank accounts. To make sure payments happen as quickly as possible we ask successful applicants to ensure they provide us with the correct details such as bank account and tax file numbers. All of these details must be entered online if you are offered a position. 

6. When will I hear if my application has been successful?

There is no specific timeframe yet as the date of the election has not been announced - it can be held anytime between now and early next year. We’ll start filling positions once the election is called. 

Successful applicants will receive an offer of employment via email from the Returning Officer of their electorate. Notifications won’t be sent to those applicants who aren’t required to work. 

You need to be aware that lodging an online application does not guarantee you’ll be hired.

7. I am having problems with my EOI login/application. Can you help?

You can contact our EOI team for further assistance on 1300 881 665. 

8. I have received an error message after submitting my EOI. What do I do?

Please try submitting your EOI again. If you're still getting an error message please contact our EOI team on 1300 881 665.

9. I have submitted an EOI, how can I check it has gone through?

If you have received an email from ECQ containing a username and password, your application has definitely gone through. 

10. How do I change details that I entered in my original EOI?

When you submitted your application/EOI you would have been sent a username and password. You are able to use these login details to alter your information (username and password is sent in an email from ECQ after EOI is submitted).