Expression of Interest

Find out more about the process to apply to work at the local government quadrennial elections due to be held on 28 March 2020.

Apply to work

To apply to work at an election, you will need to submit an online expression of interest (EOI) application. It should take around 20 minutes to complete your EOI through the online portal.

To work at an election in Queensland, you must be on the electoral roll or the provisional electoral roll. To check your enrolment, enrol to vote or update your details, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission website.

In your application, you will be asked for your preferences for employment and details of your relevant skills and experience.

You will be sent an email confirming your EOI has been received.

Tips on completing your EOI:

  • It is important the information you include is accurate and current.
  • Provide the most relevant examples to demonstrate your skills, abilities and personal qualities for your preferred role/s.
  • Include details of any previous election work you have completed.
  • Please note: You will need to complete the application in full for it to be submitted. The system automatically times out after 30 minutes and each question must be answered. Once submitted, you can log back in to change or update your application.

Review of applications

The Returning Officer in each council/electorate will review the EOI on the applicant’s merit.  Offers of employment are made up to eight weeks before the election and continue throughout the election period.

Offer of employment

If you are successful, you will receive an offer of employment by email, and if you accept the position you will be sent a letter of employment via email.

All temporary election staff must complete online training and some positions will need face-to-face training.


You may be asked to take part in an anonymous survey about your experience of the recruitment process and working at the election. These surveys are entirely voluntary, with the feedback used to identify our strengths and target business improvement opportunities with our processes.

Frequently asked questions

If you are a successful applicant, you will receive offers of employment as early as eight weeks before election day. These will be sent via email by the local Returning Officer.

Notifications will not be sent to unsuccessful applicants.

Please be aware that lodging an EOI does not guarantee you will be employed.

ECQ can help! Please phone the ECQ for further assistance on 1300 881 665 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

If you receive an email from the ECQ containing a username and password, your application has been received. You can also call the ECQ for assistance on 1300 881 665 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

You can use the login details you’ll receive after you have submitted your application, which will be in an email containing your username and password, to change details on your application.

No. You can nominate a preference in your EOI, however, this doesn't guarantee you’ll get that location. Returning Officers try to hire people to work at polling booths that are close to the employee’s home, but this isn’t always possible.

No. You must be on the electoral roll or the provisional roll to work at an election in Queensland.   To check your enrolment, enrol to vote or update your details, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission website.

Yes, 16 and 17 year olds are able to work at elections, but you will need to be provisionally enrolled to vote.  To check your enrolment, enrol to vote or update your details, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission website.

Yes. People with a disability are encouraged to apply to work at elections.  During the EOI process you will be asked about any support you may require.  Applicants should complete these sections with as much detail as possible. If successful, you will be contacted by the Returning Officer to discuss your responses and what reasonable adjustments are possible.

Yes, all temporary election staff must complete mandatory training before they can start work. Depending on your role, the training could include reviewing handbooks, completing online courses, attending face-to-face training, or a combination of these methods. Training is mandatory and must be completed before work commences.

Yes, mandatory training must be completed before each election as procedures, systems and legislation may have changed.

You will be paid in accordance with the specified rates of pay PDF (0.08 MB) for different roles.

You will be paid by electronic funds transfer to your nominated bank account within two weeks of election day.

Your payslip will be available through your online portal.

You can access payment summary information from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) via a myGov account. Temporary election staff who do not have a myGov account will be required to create one.

Payment summary information is known as an Income Statement in ATO Online Services. For more information refer to Information for employees provided by the ATO or call 13 28 61.

Yes, for some people. Temporary staff are eligible for superannuation once their earnings reach $450.00 within a calendar month. The ECQ will pay employer superannuation contributions equivalent to the Superannuation Guarantee Contribution rate (currently 9.5% of the employee’s ordinary time earnings).

It may. For advice on how payments for temporary election work may affect any government benefits, please contact the Department of Human Services.

The ECQ does not have a specific dress code for temporary election staff, but you are expected to exercise common sense and wear practical clothing appropriate to a professional work environment. Examples of inappropriate clothing include singlets, thongs or t-shirts with offensive or political images or messages.

You are strongly encouraged to wear supportive footwear due to the significant amount of time that many temporary election staff spend walking or standing to perform their duties.

No, food and drinks are not supplied so we recommend you bring these with you as not all work locations will be close to a shop or café. You must confirm with your Returning Officer whether water, a fridge and/or microwave are available as this will dictate what you’ll need to bring.

If you are working on election day, please plan for lunch and dinner with snacks in between.

If you find yourself unable to work for any reason, please advise your Returning Officer using the contact details provided at the bottom of your offer of employment as soon as possible.  If you can’t find those details, please call the ECQ on 1300 881 665.