To be considered for temporary work at state or council elections, you will need to complete a registration of interest (ROI) using the Electoral Commission SA (ECSA) employment portal.ECSA employment portal >>
Even if you have worked at a previous election, you need to register your interest to work at future events. However, a single ROI will cover you for all election roles during an event.
During the registration process, you will need to confirm your eligibility by answering questions from the 'Code of Conduct for Electoral Officers'. Please read the code of conduct before commencing registration.
- Download a copy of the Code of Conduct for Electoral Officers (PDF, 322KB).
You will also be asked questions about your skills, previous employment experience, diversity status and preferences for types and location of election work.
Note: lodging a ROI or having worked at a previous election does not guarantee you will be offered a role at future elections.
Eligibility requirements for employment
It is important you understand the eligibility requirements before you commence your registration.
To work at a state or council election you must:
- have a unique email address – two people cannot apply using the same email address (all email notifications and confirmations will be sent to your chosen email)
- not be active in political affairs or have any association with a political party or candidate for election (this ensures you do not compromise the strict neutrality of the electoral commission)
- be vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination prior to being offered employment
- agree to abide by the code of conduct for electoral officers
- agree to undertake a criminal history check if it is a requirement for your position – this is identified in the ‘special conditions’ section of the duty statements
- be at least 16 years of age at the time of receiving an offer of employment – if you are 16 or 17 years old you can only be appointed to the position of polling assistant. All other roles require you to be over 18 years of age.
Steps in the registration process
The ROI process has 3 main steps:
- Initial account creation which includes answering the code of conduct eligibility questions.
- Confirmation of email address (and creation of account) by completing the screening questionnaire, including your work location and position preferences.
- Finalising your registration by completing bank, tax and super details.
If you are offered employment, you will receive an email prompting you to log into the employment portal to review and accept your offer.
Updating your details
The employment portal is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means you can view and update your details at any time.
- Employment portal user guide (PDF, 973KB))
- Registration of Interest user guide (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Timesheet approval process (PDF, 154KB)
Need to contact us?
If you need further assistance navigating the employment portal or you have a general employment enquiry, our helpdesk is available weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
- Phone - 7424 7466 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm