What they do
Electorate officers manage and run the electoral office of a politician. They undertake a range of administration duties, as well as responding to enquiries from members of their electorate, and liaising with Government departments and other organisations. Electorate officers also co-ordinate correspondence between their office and other individuals and organisations, organise particular aspects of election campaigns, schedule meetings, and supervise other office staff.
Electorate officers work in the offices of elected politicians, in the cities and large regional centres where electoral offices are located. They usually work regular hours, but may be expected to work longer hours during election campaigns and in the build up to elections. They may be required to travel locally, within their electorate to facilitate meetings or official events. They may also be required to travel to Perth (if based in a regional area) and Canberra.
Tools and technologies
Electorate officers use computers, especially data management software. They also spend significant amounts of time on the phone and may also be required to travel with a laptop computer in order to update information and work on the road.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become an electorate officer, you usually need to study a degree majoring in a relevant area such as politics, international relations, communications or law. An understanding and interest in the Australian political system will be useful if you are considering this occupation.
All universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.