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Election roles up for grabs at the VEC

By Seymour Telegraph

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is recruiting up to 100 would be leaders from all walks of life to train as election managers, assistant election managers, returning officers, and deputy returning officers during major election events.

Not to be confused with voting centre managers, senior election officials are responsible for co-ordinating elections for entire districts or councils, working for months at a time during election periods.

With local council elections set to take place in October 2020, the campaign is targeting rural and regional Victoria, particularly the northern and western council areas.

Electoral commissioner Warwick Gately said while managing elections could be challenging and unpredictable, it was also a rewarding experience, with many current senior election officials sticking with the job for over 20 years.

‘‘If you’re a business owner, if you’re retired or semi-retired, if you’re a parent, if you’re an artist, or a coach of the local footy club — we want to hear from you,’’ Mr Gately said.

‘‘You don’t need previous election experience. It’s all about the skills and life experience you can bring to the role — if you’re organised, hands on, and most importantly bring a positive attitude, that’s what we’re looking for.”

Applications close June and can be made at jobs.careers.vic.gov.au/jobs/VG-SEO2019