Returning Officers
and Assistant Returning Officers

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Image of election office structure - Returning officer above Assistant Returning Officer, who manages election office staff, couriers, postal team.  Returning Officer manages early voting and polling place staff

The TEC employs Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers across the state, for non-ongoing work at each election.

We welcome applications from people with a wide range of experience.

2021 and 2022

2021 and 2022 Election Periods

We are recruiting Returning Officers (ROs) and their Assistants in preparation for a number of elections due in the next 2 years.

2021 - Legislative Council elections period during March - May

2022 - State election period by March; Legislative Council elections period during March - May; Statewide Local Government elections period expected Sep-Oct.

Actual election dates are subject to a range of factors and legislative requirements.

About the work

Why Apply?

Let's hear from some new ROs after having completed their first election for the TEC:

Graeme, a recently retired senior executive was motivated to apply for a Returning Officer role as he was looking for short term project work and it sounded interesting. Here's a little of what Graeme shared about his experience:

"It was a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. A great learning experience supported by a wonderful and knowledgeable team from the TEC. "

Sherri, a part-time bookkeeper & busy Mum, applied for an Assistant Returning Officer role as she was looking to further expand her administration skills and experience. Here's a little of what she shared about her experience:

"My role as the ARO has been a very rewarding one. I would have to say that it has been a time of personal growth. I have done new things that initially I wasn't sure I could and stepped up to the challenges that were laid before me. I have learned things about myself ... for the most part I believe that I have come out the other side of this election as a better person. "

How to Apply

How to Apply?

  Applications have closed.

Download the information pack.  

Questions? Please contact Operations Manager, Chris Garrett - or 6208 8700.

Applications close COB Monday 26 October 2020

Don't forget our information sessions -

  • Tuesday 20th October, 6pm – 7pm at the TEC Office, Level 3, 169 Main Rd, Moonah
  • Monday 19th October, 6pm – 7pm at the Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside



A separate Parliamentary election is held for each division - meaning 5 elections are held for the House of Assembly (State), and 2 or 3 elections are due to be held each year as part of the Legislative Council election cycle. A Returning Officer and Assistant is appointed to each division.

  House of Assembly divisions  

  Legislative Council divisions

Legislative divisions due for election in the next 2 years are: 2021- Derwent, Mersey and Windermere 2022 - McIntyre and Elwick.

A look at some previous Tasmanian Parliamentary and Local Government elections