Summary of occupation
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.
Manages the electorate office of a politician, and liaises with constituents and the media on their behalf.
An electorate officer needs:
- strong written and oral communication skills
- concern for their electorate
- good organisation skills
- the ability to work as part of a team
- administration skills
- an interest in the political process.
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.
On average, electorate officers, classified under other information and organisation professionals, can expect to earn $1 250 and $1 500 per week ($65 000 and $77 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an electorate officer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.
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.
To become an electorate officer you usually need to complete a degree majoring in a relevant area such as politics, international relations 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.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.