Election poll workers needed
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is asking people in Yarrawonga to sign up to help deliver the next federal election in the Murray electorate.
Murray covers an area of 19,500km2 and contains 85 polling places that will be staffed by more than 500 paid temporary electoral workers on election day.
In total, 80,000 temporary workers will be needed across Australia during the next election and the AEC has identified Yarrawonga as one of the key areas to bolster ahead of the election period.
While the date for the next election is not yet known, the AEC is asking people to register their interest now to ensure there is a healthy pool to choose from when the time comes.
Holding elections in Australia is a particular challenge due to the sheer size of the country and the sparsity of the population in rural areas.
To put this in context, Australia is more than twice the size of India but has less than 2 per cent of its population.
Australia is almost unique in this regard, with only two countries having a lower population density.
AEC Commissioner Tom Rogers said: “The federal election is Australia’s largest peacetime event.
“With more than 8000 polling places spread throughout Australia, the AEC has to employ around 80,000 temporary staff from across the country to staff each polling place.
“While cities and suburbs have the benefit of a large population in their immediate vicinity, many rural and regional polling places have a very small local population base from which to recruit.
“As such, it is crucial we ensure the necessary preparations are underway well ahead of the election period so that every Australian has the opportunity to have their say.
“There will be an election at some point within the next 12 months and we’re calling on people to register their interest for election work now so they can help their local community in the Murray electorate as part of this unique event.
“There are 525 positions in Murray across 85 polling places that we need to fill to ensure the election runs smoothly.
“Election work is a thoroughly rewarding experience and a great opportunity to contribute to the local area.”
All temporary election roles are paid and full training is provided.
Those wishing to register their interest in working at the next election, or wanting to find out more information, should head to www.aec. gov.au.
The Australian Electoral Commission is calling for Yarrawonga residents to sign up to staff the polling booths for the Federal election.