These positions are vital to the successful running of an election. We welcome applications from people with a wide range of experience.
We are recruiting Returning Officers (ROs) and their Assistants in preparation for a number of elections due in the next 2 years.
2017/18 - State election period by March 2018.
2018 - Legislative Council elections period during March - May; statewide Local Government elections period expected Sep-Oct.
Actual election dates are subject to a range of factors and legislative requirements.
Let's hear from some new ROs who've just completed their first election:
Graeme, a recently retired senior executive was motivated to apply for a Returning Officer role as he was looking for short term project work and it sounded interesting. Here's a little of what Graeme shared about his experience:
"It was a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. A great learning experience supported by a wonderful and knowledgeable team from the TEC. "
Sherri, a part-time bookkeeper & busy Mum, applied for an Assistant Returning Officer role as she was looking to further expand her administration skills and experience. Here's a little of what she shared about her experience:
"My role as the ARO has been a very rewarding one. I would have to say that it has been a time of personal growth. I have done new things that initially I wasn't sure I could and stepped up to the challenges that were laid before me. I have learned things about myself ... for the most part I believe that I have come out the other side of this election as a better person. "
A separate Parliamentary election is held for each division - meaning 5 elections are held for the House of Assembly (State), and 2 or 3 elections are due to be held each year as part of the Legislative Council election cycle. A Returning Officer and Assistant is appointed to each division.
Legislative divisions due for election in the next 2 years are: 2017- Launceston, Murchison and Rumney; 2018 - Hobart and Western Tiers.