Federal election, 2019: Jobs and enrolling to vote

WORK OPPORTUNITIES: Jobs with the Australian Electoral Commission are available across the electorate during upcoming federal election. Photo: FILE
WORK OPPORTUNITIES: Jobs with the Australian Electoral Commission are available across the electorate during upcoming federal election. Photo: FILE

THOUSANDS of jobs are available across the Central West to work in the lead-up to and during the upcoming federal election.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the election would take place on Saturday, May 18.

Recruitment for a range of election staff may have been underway for some time, but an Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) spokesman said there were still jobs available.

"Polling officials, scrutiny staff, which can be for one day (polling day) or a couple of weeks depending on the need," he said of the staff who will be required.

There is also work for voting liaison officers, polling place liaison officers and voter information officers.

There are roles available before, on and after election day.

There are a number of essentials when it comes to working for the AEC, including: attention to detail, you must be aged 18 or older, have Australian citizenship, a current drivers licence and you must pass a police check.

All training to work during the election will be provided by the AEC.

In the Calare electorate, there are a number of locations that are currently short-staffed, including in Rhylstone, Lithgow and Oberon.

While in the Parkes electorate, workers are needed in: Boggarbri, Broken Hill, Cumborah, Garah, Hermidale, Menindee, North Star, Tambar Springs, Tomingley and Wilcannia.

Still not enrolled to vote or need to change your details?

The deadline to enrol or to change your enrolment details is 8pm on Thursday, April 18.

If you have changed address or your name since your last voted, you must update your enrolment with your new details or you could be removed from the electoral roll and you will be unable to vote.

Voting is compulsory for every Australian citizen aged 18 years or older.

If you don't vote the AEC will send you a 'please explain' letter and you could face a fine of $20.