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Organisational structure

The Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers, is appointed under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act) and is responsible for managing and operating the AEC.

At 30 June 2019 the AEC’s Executive Leadership Team was:

  • Tom Rogers, Electoral Commissioner
  • Jeff Pope APM, Deputy Electoral Commissioner
  • Andrew Gately, First Assistant Commissioner
  • Tim Courtney, First Assistant Commissioner

An organisational chart that includes our senior executive and their responsibilities as of 30 June 2019 is below.

The AEC has a three-tier structure with:

  • a national office in Canberra
  • state and territory offices
  • divisional offices

Senior Executive as at July 20191

Senior Executive as at July 2019Picture of 17 SES members of AEC executive
Back row left to right: Paul Pirani, David Lang, Warwick Austin, Fleur Hill, Martyn Hagan, Thomas Ryan, David Molnar, Steve Kennedy, Matthew McMahon, Geoffrey Bloom Front row, left to right: Joanne Reid, Michael Lynch, Jeff Pope, Tom Rogers, Andrew Gately, Robyn Legg, Lynn White Absent: Tim Courtney

Section 6 of the Electoral Act establishes a three-person Commission which has exclusive powers, particularly in relation to electoral redistributions, political party registration, and funding and disclosure.

At 30 June 2019, the members of the Commission were:

  • Chairperson: Hon. Dennis Cowdroy AO, QC
  • Electoral Commissioner: Tom Rogers
  • Non-judicial member: David Kalisch


  1. Not an exact representation of organisation chart at 30 June, 2019 due to staff movements between 30 June and 1 July.