2017 ATSIEB election - employment

Updated 6 Jun 2017

Employment

The ACT Electoral Commission is seeking expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work as Liaison Officers on the fourth election of members to the ACT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body is comprised of 7 members who are elected every 3 years. The Elected Body was established by the ACT Legislative Assembly to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the ACT to have a strong democratically elected voice.

To apply:

Complete the two page expression of interest and send it to elections@act.gov.au by 14 June 2017.

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Eligibility:

As per section 33 (2C) of the Electoral Act 1992, as applied by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act 2008, a person is eligible to be appointed as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander liaison officer if the person-

  1. is-
    1. an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander; and
    2. at least 18 years old; and
    3. enrolled, or entitled to be enrolled, for an electorate in the ACT; and
  2. is not a candidate in the election.

Function of the Liaison Officer:

The primary role of the liaison officer is to decide whether or not, on the balance of probability, a person presenting to vote is an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander.  The liaison officer may ask any questions they believe on reasonable grounds are necessary to help them to decide.

The liaison officer should have sufficient knowledge of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to be able to carry out the role. They must be able to decide, from their knowledge of the community or by asking questions, whether a person is entitled to vote in the election. The liaison officer should be sufficiently confident in their decision making to, if necessary, challenge the eligibility of a person to vote.

However, the decision of the liaison officer is not final, as a person who is challenged may still record a declaration vote.  The challenged vote is placed in a declaration envelope which is then passed to a 3 member review panel for a final decision on eligibility, and potential admission to the count.

Availability:

Voting in the election will coincide with NAIDOC week celebrations in the ACT. Voting will commence on Saturday 1 July and continue until Saturday 8 July at a number of venues around Canberra.  Locations and times for voting are listed on the Elections ACT website.

The ACT Electoral Commission is looking for Liaison Officers to work day shifts (usually 9am to 5pm) between 1 July and 8 July 2017. Liaison Officers will also be required to attend a 1 day training course during the last week in June 2017.

Remuneration:

Liaison Officers will be paid at the Senior Election Casual hourly rate:

Polling place positionHourly Rate

Normal rate

Normal rate is payable for up to 7 hours and 21 minutes worked per day on Monday to Saturday.

$38.15

Overtime rate

Overtime rate is payable where an employee is directed to work:

  • in excess of 7 hours and 21 minutes per day Monday to Saturday (overtime rates will only apply to hours in excess of 7 hours 21 minutes);
  • outside the span of ordinary hours of 7.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday (overtime rates will only apply to hours worked outside the span of ordinary hours); or
  • in excess of 36.75 hours in a week (overtime rates will only apply to the hours worked in excess of 36.75 hours).
$44.28

Sunday rate

Sunday rate is payable for work on a Sunday.

$59.03

Public holiday rate

Public holiday rate is payable for work on a public holiday.

$73.79