Working at an election

Help us to deliver democracy!

The ECQ is recruiting now for the local government quadrennial elections which are due to be held on 28 March, 2020. Work is available on election day, and in the weeks before and after election day.

There are multiple casual roles available, and each position has its own set of tasks, competencies and attributes.

All temporary election staff are paid, and receive training and support.


To work at a local or state election you must:

Positions available

The ECQ employs thousands of temporary election staff to work before, on or after election day. To register your interest to work at an election, you will need to submit an expression of interest for the specific election event.

Read about the expression of interest process.

Find out more about the duties of different roles and pay rates:

Workforce Diversity

The ECQ embraces diversity and inclusion and is committed to creating a workplace that reflects the population of Queensland. Election staff who have previously worked for the ECQ are encouraged to apply.

The ECQ encourages applications from people who:

  • have no prior experience working at an election
  • are proficient in English but also speak another language
  • are living with a disability, or
  • are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.


All positions require home study, which involves reviewing materials available online and completing the ECQ’s online training program.

Staff working on election day must complete their training at least one week prior to election day. All other staff must complete their training before commencing work. Failure to do so may result in your offer of employment being withdrawn.

How to apply

It is important to have the following information ready before applying:

  • details of previous election work (if applicable)
  • positions and council area/state electorates you wish to work in
  • an example of your experience/capability in:
    • providing customer service and working in a team environment
    • calculating figures accurately
    • working to deadlines
    • working as part of a team, including experience:
      • managing or supervising staff (if applying for a supervisor role)
      • working under pressure
      • demonstrating attention to detail, and
      • working independently with minimum supervision.

Frequently asked questions


If you have questions about the application process or working at elections, please contact the ECQ on 1300 881 665 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

If you have a disability and would like to ask about reasonable workplace adjustments, please contact the ECQ (see above).

Apply to Work Here

You will need to create a QGov account before registering your Expression of Interest (EOI).

Registered users

If you have already submitted an EOI for this event you can log in with your QGov details to update or change your application.