Local Government Election Training
Please read the handbook for your assigned role to get an understanding of your responsibilities. Reading the training material is a condition of your employment. Electronic (PDF) versions of the handbooks can be accessed by clicking the links below.
If you are working on election day, you will get a face-to-face briefing from the Polling Booth Supervisor before the polling booth opens. Please arrive by 7:15am.
Supervisors and Second-in-Charge (2ICs) may also be required to attend a briefing and face-to-face training in the week prior to election day. Your Returning Officer will advise you of the details.
You may wish to print the handout outlining the counting procedures for council by-elections and take it with you on election day. Please ensure you select the correct handout for your council:
- Optional preferential voting is the system used for mayoral or divided council elections.
- ie. Tablelands Regional Council
- First-past-the-post voting is the system used for undivided council elections.
- ie. Livingstone Shire Council and Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council
Note: There is no online training for by-elections.
All Staff - Voting and Counting Procedure Handout
Second in Charge (2IC)
- Early Voting (Pre-Poll) Handbook (PDF, 670.4 KB) (if applicable)
- Electoral Visit Votes Handbook (PDF, 401.5 KB) (if applicable)
- Declared Institution Votes Handbook (PDF, 508.4 KB)(if applicable)
- ECL Handbook (PDF, 2.5 MB) or ELMO Handbook (PDF, 2.4 MB) (role dependent)
- Early Voting (Pre-Poll) Handbook (PDF, 670.4 KB)
- ECL Handbook (PDF, 2.5 MB) or ELMO Handbook (PDF, 2.4 MB)
Polling Booth Supervisor
Ordinary Issuing Officer
Declaration Issuing Officer
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will I be paid for time spent undertaking required training?
The remuneration packages include payment for training.
I have worked at previous elections; do I need to read the training handbooks again?
Regardless of your level of experience, it is important that you understand the procedures as detailed in the handbooks. Procedures and legislative requirements can differ between electoral events and between levels of government, and if not followed correctly could put election results in jeopardy.