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A
Aboriginal Australians, see Indigenous Australians
above the line votes, 127
absent votes, 126, 129
accountability and management, 58–69
Accountable Authority, 115
accuracy of electoral roll and enrolment processing, 18
ACTSmart business accreditation, 68
Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions, 61
advertising, 51, 130
electoral authorisation requirements, 4
redistribution notices, 53
advice on electoral administration, 30–1
AEC corporate plan, see corporate plan
AEC for Schools website, 21, 49
agency directions, 14, 16–35
agency resource statement, 112, 113
annual performance statements, 15, 17–34
Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, 41
assets and assets management, 67–8, 73
audits, 58, 62, 67, 73
Auslan, 41
AusTender, 69
Australia First Party (NSW) Incorporated, 61
Australian Capital Territory, 125–8
redistributions, 53, 131
Australian Constitution, eligibility under section 44, 41, 46
Australian Education Union (SA Branch), 60
Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework, 26
Australian Human Rights Commission, 61
Australian Information Commissioner, 61
Australian National Audit Office (Auditor-General), 62, 67, 68, 73
Australian Public Service Code of Conduct, 60
average staffing levels, 27, 114

B
ballot papers, 41, 42, 44
Counting the Senate, 33
below the line votes, 127
Big Issue, 41
Braddon by-election, 2–3, 17, 46, 128, 129
payments to political parties and candidates, 132
broadcast media interviews, 45, 50
Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE), 49, 51, 52
Business Assurance Committee, 58, 59, 117
by-elections, 2–3, 17, 46–7, 128–9
delivery model, 24
Electronic Certified Lists (ECLs), 33
funding, 72
judicial decisions, 60
payments to political parties and candidates, 132–3
returns, 132
roll closures, 40

C
candidate nominations, see nominations
Capability Committee, 59, 117
Capability Framework, 29
carer's leave, 64
casual workforce, 63
see also temporary election workforce
Cherbourg Aboriginal Council, 41
China, 52
civics education, 52
claims management, 66–7
classification of staff, 63, 139–40, 143
Comcare, 65, 66
Comcover, 26
commercial elections, see industrial and commercial elections
Commission members, 9, 144
Commissioner, see Electoral Commissioner
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, 8, 9, 31, 69, 130
electoral roll data or extracts, 39
international services, 49
redistributions, 52
staff engaged under, 64, 66
statutory appointments under, 144
'two-candidate preferred' count, 61
Commonwealth Electoral (Authorisation of Voter Communication) Determination 2018, 4
Commonwealth Electoral Roll, see electoral roll
Commonwealth Ombudsman, 62
communication strategy, 50–1, 52
community engagement, 21, 41
public awareness activities, 18–19, 20, 42, 49–51, 130
companies entitled to receive roll information, 39, 124
compensation claims, 66, 67
complaints, 30, 59, 60–1
confidence in electoral roll, 18
Constitution, eligibility under section 44, 41, 46
consultants, 69
contracts (purchasing), 68–9, 130
corporate governance, 25–7, 58–60, 115–18
corporate plan, 60
agency directions, 14, 16–35
intended results met, 25
Counting the Senate, 33
court decisions, 60–1
Court of Disputed Returns petitions, 17
criminal record discrimination, 61
culturally and linguistically diverse background, electors from, 41, 42, 49–50
customer scrutiny, 62
cyber security, 43, 48, 118

D
Deakin University, 3, 47
declaration votes, 29
delegations to AEC, 52
Department of Finance, 24, 48, 62, 73
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), 51
Deputy Electoral Commissioner, 8, 64, 144, 145
Directed Level of Election Readiness (DLER), 32
disability, people with, 20, 41, 50
discrimination allegation, 61
reporting mechanisms, 65
Disability Advisory Committee, 50
discrimination complaints, 61
disputed returns petitions, 17
document management, 26

E
early voting, see postal voting; pre-poll voting
education programs, 21, 41, 49, 52
see also staff training and development
Election Experience Program, 43, 67
Election Readiness Framework, 14–15, 23, 24, 32, 34
Election Readiness Program, 67
Election Ready Road Map, 15, 32
election returns, 132
election writs, 17
elections and election events, 2–4, 14–15, 17–24, 40–8, 125–9
funding, 72, 73
international services, 51
see also by-elections; May 2019 elections
Electoral Act, see Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017, 4
Electoral and Referendum Regulations, 39
electoral candidate nominations, see nominations
Electoral Commission members, 9, 144
Electoral Commissioner, 8, 9, 14, 144
Accountable Authority, 115; statement presenting annual performance statements, 15
Directed Level of Election Readiness (DLER) determination, 32
remuneration, 64, 145
review of year, 2–5
staffing powers, 64
Electoral Council of Australia and New Zealand (ECANZ), 31
electoral divisions and redistributions, 20, 52–3, 54, 131
electoral education, 21, 41, 49, 52
Electoral Integrity Assurance Taskforce, 43, 48
Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Act 2018, 55, 134
Electoral Legislation Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) Act 2019, 41
electoral roll, 18, 20, 38–40, 119–24
2019 federal election enrolments, 2, 18, 39, 119
Electronic Certified Lists (ECLs), 33, 44
Electronic Document Records Management System, 26
emails, 45, 61
employees, see staff
energy efficiency and use, 68
Enterprise Agreement 2016–2019, 64
environmental performance and sustainable development, 67–8
ethical standards, 58
Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW, 49–50
Eureka flag, 61
Executive Leadership Team, 8, 59, 117
external scrutiny, 60–2

F
Fair Work Commission, 60
Federal Court decisions, 60
Federal Direct Enrolment and Update Program, 20
Federal Election Lessons Management Plan, 23, 24
federal elections, see elections
female staff, 137–40
Fijian Elections Office, 51
finance, 72–114
purchasing, 68–9; advertising and market research, 130
remuneration and salaries, 64, 143, 145–7
Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee, 30
financial disclosure by political parties, 53, 55, 132–3
First Assistant Commissioners, 8, 145
fraud control, 59, 117
freedom of information, 62
Fremantle by-election, 2–3, 17, 46, 128, 129
payments to political parties and candidates, 132
full-time staff, 137–40
functions, 8, 38–55

G
gender of staff, 137–40
Get Voting, 21
website, 49
governance, 25–7, 58–60, 115–18
governance committees, 25, 26, 59
government agencies provided with roll data or extracts, 39, 40, 123

H
health and safety, 65–7, 118
High Court decisions, 61
homeless voters, 21
human resources, see staff
Human Rights Commission, 61

I
independent candidates, automatic payments to, 134, 135
India, 52
Indigenous Australians, 21, 41, 42, 49
enrolment rates, 39
staff, 142; temporary election workforce, 64
Torres Strait Regional Authority elections, 48
Indigenous Electoral Participation Program (IEPP), 39, 49
Indigenous Electoral Participation Working Group, 31
Indigenous Employment Strategy, 64
individual flexibility arrangements, 64
industrial and commercial elections, 19, 22, 33
judicial decisions, 60
informal voting, 45, 127–8
information communications and technology (online services), 26, 33, 44, 45, 47–8
eLearning programs, 52, 67
emails, 45, 61
enrolment transactions, 18
modernisation business case, 24, 48
National Electoral Education Centre bookings, 21
security, 43, 48, 118
social media, 41, 43, 45, 50; Stop and Consider advertising campaign, 51
see also websites
Information Publication Scheme, 62
internal audit, 58
international services, 49, 51–2
interpreter information lines, 46

J
John Nemcic v Australian Electoral Commission, 60
Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM), 30, 31
judicial decisions, 60–1

K
Korea, 52

L
learning and development, 21, 41, 49, 52
see also staff training and development
Learning Governance Committee, 117
legal decisions, 60–1
legislation, 4–5, 26, 41, 55, 62
Constitution, eligibility under section 44, 41, 46
electoral roll data or extracts, 39
employment terms and conditions powers under, 64
environmental performance and sustainable development report, 67–8
judicial decisions, 60–1
non-compliance with finance law, 73
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), 59, 60, 69, 73; statement by Electoral Commissioner, 15
work health and safety obligations, 65
see also Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
Lessons Management Framework, 23, 24, 47
liabilities, 73
location, employees by, 137–8, 141
logos, 61
Longman by-election, 2–3, 17, 46, 128, 129
payments to political parties and candidates, 132

M
Malaysia, 52
male staff, 137–40
management and accountability, 58–69
management committees, 117–18
market research, 130
May 2019 elections, 3–4, 17, 33, 40, 41–6, 125–8
automatic payments to political parties and independents, 134–5
Election Readiness Framework, 14–15, 23, 24, 32
enrolments, 2, 18, 39, 119
High Court challenge, 61
temporary workforce, 28, 29, 43, 64
turnout, 5, 44
Visitor Program, 52
workplace health, safety and welfare, 66
Mayo by-election, 2–3, 17, 46, 128, 129
payments to political parties and candidates, 133
media enquiries, 45
Members of Parliament, see parliamentarians
ministerial correspondence, 30
ministerial submissions, 30
mobile polling teams, 45
Mubarak v Australian Electoral Commission, 60

N
National Archives of Australia, 26
National Election Delivery Committee, 59, 118
National Electoral Education Centre (NEEC), 21, 68
National Training and Education Unit (NTEU), 29, 49, 67
Nemcic, John, 60
New South Wales, 49–50, 125–9
Wentworth by-election, 3–4, 17, 46, 128, 129; payments to political parties and candidates, 133
New Zealand, 31, 51
nominations, 42, 46, 125, 128
costs, 41
judicial decisions, 60
rehearsals, 29
non-ongoing staff, 63, 137–42
Northern Territory, 125–8

O
occupational health and safety, 65–7, 118
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, 61
The official guide to the federal election, 45
Ombudsman, 62
ongoing staff, 63, 137–42
online services, see information communications and technology; websites
operating result, 72–3
Organisational Health Committee, 59, 117
organisational structure, 8–11
design review, 32–3
outcome and program, 8, 16, 114
overseas votes, 44, 45

P
Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) network, 51
Pacific nations, 51, 52
paid personal leave (carer's), 64
Palmer, Clive, 61
Papua New Guinea, 51, 52
Parliament House open day, 52
parliamentarians
eligibility under Constitution section 44, 41, 46
roll data or extracts provided to, 40, 120–1
Parliamentary committees, 30, 31
part-time staff, 137–40
performance pay, 64
performance report, 14–35
personal leave (carer's), 64
Perth by-election, 2–3, 17, 46, 128, 129
payments to political parties and candidates, 133
rejection of candidate nomination, 60
phone calls, 45, 46
plans and planning, 60, 115–16
election readiness framework, 14–15, 23, 24, 32, 34
fraud control, 59
information communication and technology, 26; election and enrolment systems modernisation, 24, 48
privacy management, 26
reconciliation action, 49
workforce, 29, 65
see also corporate plan
podcast content, 50
political parties, 61
financial disclosure, 53, 55, 132–4
registrations, 53, 55, 136; logos, 61
roll information provided to, 39, 40, 122
polling place operations, 33–4, 43–4, 47
Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), 112
Average Staffing Level targets, 27
performance criteria, 14, 16
postal voting, 45, 46, 126, 129
pre-poll voting, 43, 45, 46, 126, 129
privacy, 26, 39
breaches, 61
procurement, 68–9, 130
program and outcome, 8, 16, 114
Protective Security Policy Framework, 26
provisional votes, 126, 129
public awareness activities, 18–19, 20, 42, 49–51, 130
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), 59, 60, 69, 73
statement by Electoral Commissioner, 15
purchasing, 68–9
advertising and market research, 130
purpose, 8, 14

Q
Queensland, 125–9
Longman by-election, 2–3, 17, 46, 128, 129; payments to political parties and candidates, 132
redistributions, 20, 53
Question Time Briefs, 30
Questions on Notice, 30
queue management, 47

R
Reconciliation Action Plan, 49
records management, 26
redistributions, 20, 52–3, 131
registration of political parties, 53, 55, 136
logos, 61
regulator performance framework, 34–5
rehabilitation, 65, 66
rehearsals, 29
remote polling teams, 43
remuneration and salaries, 64, 143, 145–7
Republic of Korea, 52
reputation of AEC, 30–1
researchers, roll extracts provided to, 124
resources, 112–14
assets and assets management, 67–8, 73
see also finance; information communications and technology; staff
risk management, 26, 59
role, 8

S
safety and health, 65–7, 118
salaries and remuneration, 64, 143, 145–7
satisfaction with voter experience, 5
school electoral education programs, 21, 49, 52
section 44 eligibility, 41, 46
security of IT (cyber security), 43, 48, 118
Senate, 33, 44
candidates, 42
Senate Estimates hearings, 30
senior executive service (SES) employees, 64, 146
service charter, 62
small business support, 69
social media, 41, 43, 45, 50
Stop and Consider advertising campaign, 51
Solomon Islands, 51
South Australia, 125–9
Mayo by-election, 2–3, 17, 46, 128, 129; payments to political parties and candidates, 133
redistributions, 53, 131
sport, 41
staff, 28–9, 62–7, 137–47
average staffing levels, 27, 114
unfair dismissal, 60
see also temporary election workforce
staff training and development, 28–9, 43, 59, 67
cultural awareness, 49
Learning Governance Committee, 117
for Pacific electoral administrations, 51
people with disability, 50
risk management, 26
security awareness, 48
state elections, 40, 49–50
statutory appointments, 144
Stop and Consider social media advertising campaign, 51
submissions, 30
Super Saturday by-elections, see by-elections
supply chain management, 4
ballot papers, 42
sustainable development, 67–8

T
Tasmania, 125–9
Braddon by-election, 2–3, 17, 46, 128, 129; payments to political parties and candidates, 132
redistributions, 20, 53
teacher professional development, 21, 52
telephone calls, 45, 46
temporary election workforce, 31
federal election, 28, 29, 43, 64
timeliness
advice on electoral administration, 30
Directed Level of Election Readiness (DLER), 32
election writs, 17
enrolment processing, 18
Timor Leste, 52
Tonga Electoral Office, 51
Torres Strait Islanders, see Indigenous Australians
Torres Strait Regional Authority elections, 48
training, see electoral education; staff training and development
translator services, 46
Transparency Register, 55
tribunal decisions, 61

U
unfair dismissal, 60
United Australia Party, 61
United States, 52
universities, presentations to, 52

V
Victoria, 65, 125–8
redistributions, 53, 131
videos, 41, 43, 50
virtual tally room, 45
Vote Talk website, 50
voter survey, 5, 44
Voting in the Classroom online learning module, 52

W
Watson v Australian Electoral Commission and Anor, 61
websites, 20, 45, 50, 52, 53
AEC for Schools, 21, 49
Get Voting, 49
inadvertent disclosure of details, 61
management and accountability documents available, 60, 64, 67, 69
mandatory qualifications checklist, 41
practice voting tool, 42
Stop and Consider campaign, 51
Transparency Register, 55
Vote Talk, 50
Wentworth by-election, 3, 17, 46, 128, 129
payments to political parties and candidates, 133
Western Australia, 125–9
by-elections, 2–3, 17, 46, 128, 129; judicial decisions, 60; payments to political parties and candidates, 132, 133
work health and safety, 65–7, 118
work priorities, 24, 47
workforce, see staff
workforce planning, 29, 65
writs, 17

Y
Your Vote will help shape Australia communication campaign, 50