Polling day for the state election is on Saturday 19 March 2022. Most of our temporary staff work on this day at one of 700 polling booths across the state.

Polling day roles usually involve a fixed fee remuneration package.

Polling Booth Manager

Polling booth managers (PBMs) are our most senior polling day position. They are responsible for managing all aspects of a polling booth on polling day. Depending on the size of the polling booth, they may have to supervise between 3 and 14 staff.

Key duties include:

  • setting up the polling booth the night before
  • briefing staff before voting opens at 8:00 am, and then monitoring staff throughout the day to ensure they are following procedures, rotating through positions and taking breaks as required
  • managing the securing of voting material throughout the day and evening
  • liaising with voters and party workers and resolving or escalating issues as required
  • overseeing the counting of ballot papers after voting closes at 6:00 pm, completing important paperwork and phoning results through to the returning officer.

Salary and duty statement

$1,032.12 – $1,219.82 fixed fee remuneration depending on the size of the polling booth.
Polling booth manager - duty statement (93 KB)

Deputy Polling Booth Manager

Deputy polling booth managers are trained to undertake the same duties as a polling booth manager (PBM), and may be required to step into the role of PBM.

Salary and duty statement

$880.46 fixed fee remuneration
Deputy polling booth manager - duty statement (90 KB)

Declaration Vote Issuing Officer

In some instances, a voter will need to complete a declaration vote. A common example is when a voter is enrolled in a different South Australian district. This means the voter must complete a form (on the declaration vote envelope) along with their ballot papers.

Declaration vote issuing officers sit at a table to the side of the polling booth and assist people with completing their declaration vote. This is a slightly longer process than ordinary voting as some voters may need additional support to complete their declaration vote.

The duties of a declaration vote issuing officer are more technical and specialised than a regular polling official, and include:

  • providing one-on-one support to voters with the process of completing a declaration vote, and making sure everything has been filled in correctly so that their vote can be admitted
  • using secure devices to look up voters’ enrolment information, and if necessary, assisting them to update their enrolment
  • sorting and tallying declaration vote envelopes and completing reconciliations
  • assisting with other tasks such as sorting and counting ordinary votes, packaging and packing down the polling booth.

Salary and duty statement

$724.53 fixed fee remuneration
Declaration vote issuing officer - duty statement (111 KB)

Polling Official


Polling officials are our most common position and are the election workers that most people interact with when they vote.

A polling official will rotate through a range of tasks during polling day, including:

  • sitting at the issuing desk, marking voters off the electoral roll and issuing ballot papers
  • standing by the main entrance greeting voters, managing any queue that forms, and assisting voters who need additional support
  • guarding the ballot boxes and making sure voters insert the correct ballot papers in the relevant ballot boxes
  • keeping the voting compartments tidy and helping pack up materials at the end of the night
  • helping sort and count the ballot papers after voting closes at 6:00 pm.

  • Salary and duty statement

    $598.45 fixed fee remuneration
    Polling official - duty statement (116 KB)

    Polling Assistant

    Polling assistants provide general support across the polling booth and may be asked to help with any task except for those that involve handling ballot papers.

    Polling assistants are limited to four-hour shifts and are often (but not always) younger people having their first experience of election work. Some polling assistants work two four-hour shifts on polling day.

    Example of duties include:

  • working during the busy morning and lunchtime voting to support polling officials to take breaks
  • working in the late afternoon and evening to help the polling booth manager package materials
  • helping tidy the booth during the day and pack down the booth after voting closes.

  • Salary and duty statement

    $156.12 fixed fee remuneration per four-hour shift
    Polling assistant - duty statement (102 KB)

    Hygiene Officer

    Hygiene officers are accountable to the polling booth manager (PBM). They play an important role in helping to protect the health and safety of electors and ECSA staff in polling booths.

    Key duties include:

    • assisting the PBM set up COVID-SAfe voting spaces including materials and signage
    • managing and distributing PPE and set-up of waste disposal, if necessary
    • observing queue numbers and advising the queue controller when to slow entry of electors, adhering to density limits
    • encouraging electors to use the QR code or advising electors to use the manual sign-in form
    • disinfecting shared and common surfaces regularly and hand sanitiser management
    • removing and disposing of pencils and how-to-vote election material from voting screens.

    Salary and duty statement

    $591.53 fixed fee remuneration
    Hygiene officer - duty statement (142 KB)


    Early voting roles

    Early voting centres open from Monday 7 March until Friday 18 March. We will have around 50 early voting centres, up from 22 at the 2018 State Election.

    Early voting centre staff are paid an hourly rate. For more information on the rates of pay for each role, refer to page 21 of the Determination.

    Early Voting Centre Manager

    Early voting centre managers are responsible for managing all aspects of an early voting centre and may supervise 10 or more staff.

    Early voting centre managers must be available to work from 4 March 2022 to 18 March 2022, and this may include working nights and weekends.

    Note: Early voting centres will be open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.

    Example of duties include:

  • setting up the early voting centre and ensuring all materials are in place
  • monitoring staff throughout the day to ensure they are following procedures, rotating through positions, and taking breaks as required
  • ensuring the security of voting material at all times
  • liaising with voters and party workers and resolving or escalating issues as required
  • reconciling, packaging, and returning voting material.

  • Duty statement

    Early voting centre manager - duty statement (79 KB)

    Deputy Early Voting Centre Manager

    Deputy early voting centre managers are trained to undertake the same duties as early voting centre managers and may be required to step into the role of early voting centre manager.

    Note: Early voting centres will be open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.

    Duty statement

    Deputy early voting centre manager - duty statement (77 KB)

    Early Voting Officers

    Early voting officers are our most common early voting position. To work as an early voting officer, you must be available to work from 4 March 2022 to 18 March 2022, and this may include working nights and weekends.

    Note: Early voting centres open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.

    Early voting officers rotate through a range of tasks during polling day, including:

  • sitting at the issuing desk, marking voters off the electoral roll and issuing ballot papers
  • standing by the main entrance greeting voters, managing queues, and assisting voters who need additional support.

  • Duty statement

    Early voting officer - duty statement (96 KB)


    Mobile polling and electoral visitors

    Mobile polling teams travel to remote areas of South Australia to help people vote.

    Electoral visitor teams operate within metropolitan areas to help people at nursing homes, hospitals, and other such locations to vote.

    Mobile polling staff and electoral visitors typically work in the two-week period leading up to polling day (7 March to 18 March) and are paid an hourly rate.

    For more information on the rates of pay for each role, refer to page 21 of the Determination.

    Mobile Polling Team Leader

    A mobile polling team leader manages a small mobile team that travels to remote locations such as Aboriginal communities, mine sites and pastoral stations.

    Mobile polling often involves travelling thousands of kilometres by small plane and four-wheel drive, to every corner of South Australia in the lead up to polling day (7 March to 18 March 2022).

    Key duties include:

  • supervising a small team of mobile polling officers and ensuring procedures are followed
  • liaising with community contacts and making sure voting services are delivered to schedule
  • maintaining the security of voting material and ICT devices at all times
  • setting up mobile polling places and supporting local community members to vote, in some cases with the assistance of Aboriginal information officers
  • resolving or escalating any issues that occur as appropriate.

  • Duty statement

    Mobile polling team leader - duty statement (84 KB)

    Mobile Polling Officer

    Mobile polling officers work as part of a small team under the supervision of a mobile polling team leader and will travel across remote South Australia in the period 7 March to 18 March 2022.

    Key duties include:

  • setting up temporary polling places in remote locations such as Aboriginal communities, mine sites and pastoral stations
  • marking voters off the electoral roll, issuing ballot papers and supporting local community members to vote, in some cases with the assistance of Aboriginal information officers.
  • securing and packaging voting material.

  • Duty statement

    Mobile polling officer - duty statement (119 KB)

    Electoral Visitor Team Leader

    An electoral visitor team leader supervises one electoral visitor, and travels to places such as nursing homes and hospitals to help people vote.

    Key duties include:

  • setting up temporary polling places in a range of facilities according to a schedule
  • liaising with community contacts, party workers and voters
  • helping people who may be unwell or vulnerable to vote correctly
  • ensuring voting material and hardware is secure, and reconciling ballot papers at the end of each day.

  • Duty statement

    Electoral visitor team leader - duty statement (89 KB)

    Electoral Visitor

    An electoral visitor works under the supervision of an electoral visitor team leader, and travels to places such as nursing homes and hospitals to help people vote.

    Key duties include:

  • setting up temporary polling places in a range of facilities
  • helping people who may be unwell or vulnerable to vote correctly
  • assisting with completing documentation, reconciling ballot papers and packaging voting material.

  • Duty statement

    Electoral visitor - duty statement (96 KB)

     

    Other roles

    District offices and Legislative Council

    From the day after polling day until the end of the election period there is an enormous amount of activity to finalise and validate the results.

    Roles available in district offices and Legislative Council after polling day include:

    Clerical Assistant 2 (District Office)


    Clerical assistant 2 (district office) is responsible for acting as the count table supervisor on the Sunday after polling day.

    Duty statement

    Clerical assistant 2 (district office) - duty statement (78 KB)

    Clerical Assistant 1 (District Office)

    The position is responsible for providing varied clerical support to the returning officer.

    Duty statement

    Clerical assistant 1 (district office) - duty statement (74 KB)

    Clerical Assistant 2 (Legislative Council)

    Clerical assistant 2 (Legislative Council) is responsible for acting as the count table supervisor for ballot paper rechecks conducted after polling day.

    Duty statement

    Clerical assistant 2 (Legislative Council) - duty statement (70 KB)

    Clerical Assistant 1 (Legislative Council)

    Clerical assistant 1 (Legislative Council) is responsible for providing varied clerical support during ballot paper rechecks conducted after polling day.

    Duty statement

    Clerical assistant 1 (Legislative Council) - duty statement (74 KB)