|Drivers||Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918
Portfolio Budget Statements
AEC National Business Plan 2008–2009
|Output groups||Output Group 1.1
Electoral roll management
|Output Group 2.1
Elections, ballots and referendums
|Output Group 3.1
|Outcomes||An effective electoral roll||An impartial and independent electoral system||An informed community|
|Australians have an electoral roll which ensures their voter entitlement and provides the basis for the planning of electoral events and electoral redistributions||Stakeholders and customers have access to and advice on impartial and independent electoral services and participate in electoral events||An Australian community which is well informed about electoral matters|
The AEC is the Australian Government agency responsible for providing Australians with an independent electoral service that meets their needs and enhances their understanding of and participation in the electoral process.
Our purpose is to help people have their say in who will represent them in the Parliament of Australia. We do this by providing impartial and accessible electoral services.
Our aim is to be recognised as an organisation that provides excellence in the management and delivery of electoral services.
We reflect the values of the Australian Public Service (APS) in the high standards of behaviour we observe on a day-to-day basis. In particular, we emphasise the following values that assist us in behaving ethically in carrying out our duty. We:
Figure 1 shows the AEC's performance reporting framework, which is based on delivering three 'outcomes' for the Australian community:
The functions performed by the AEC to produce these desired outcomes are defined as 'outputs'.
The AEC's outcomes and outputs, and corresponding key performance indicators, are described in the annual Department of Finance and Deregulation Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements. There is no variation between the AEC's outcomes and outputs described in the Portfolio Budget Statements for 2008–09 and those described in this report.
The AEC operates as an independent agency under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act). The Electoral Act was amended in 1984 to establish a three-person Commission with the functions and powers set out in s. 7 of the Electoral Act. The Commission meets as required in accordance with s. 15 of the Electoral Act.
The various legislative provisions under which the AEC develops its core business processes, purpose, values and leadership capabilities, and conducts its activities, are summarised in Table 1.
At 30 June 2009, the Commissioners were:
|Legislative instrument||AEC function|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005||Conducting certain Torres Strait Regional Authority elections|
|Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918||Conducting federal elections
Maintaining and updating the Commonwealth electoral roll, including evidence of identity requirements
Promoting public awareness of electoral and parliamentary matters through information and education programs
Providing international electoral assistance in cases approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs
Conducting and promoting research into electoral matters and other matters that relate to AEC functions
Registering political parties
Paying public funding to election candidates and parties, and publishing financial details of political parties and others
Determining representation entitlements (redistributions)
|Electoral and Referendum Regulations 1940||Conducting federal elections and referendums and providing elector information|
|Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997||Managing public money and property|
|Freedom of Information Act 1982||Holding and releasing documents|
|Privacy Act 1988||Storing, using and disclosing personal information|
|Public Service Act 1999||Ensuring the effective and fair employment, management and leadership of its employees|
|Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984||Conducting referendums|
|Representation Act 1983||Conducting Senate elections|
|Workplace Relations Act 1996||Conducting industrial elections and protected action ballots|
As Chief Executive Officer, the Electoral Commissioner has the powers of an agency head (within the meaning of the Public Service Act 1999), and has responsibility for the management and strategic leadership of the AEC in relation to:
Assisting the Electoral Commissioner in the national office are the Deputy Electoral Commissioner, two first assistant commissioners, five assistant commissioners, the Chief Finance Officer and the Chief Legal Officer. State Managers, who hold the statutory appointment of Australian Electoral Officer for each state and the Northern Territory, also assist the Electoral Commissioner to manage electoral activities in their respective jurisdictions.
The AEC's organisational structure for 2008–09, including the names of senior executives, is shown in Figure 2.
AEC offices are organised geographically, with a national office in Canberra, a state office in each state and the Northern Territory, and divisional offices in or near each of the 150 electoral divisions.
Executive Management Group. Front: Ed Killesteyn. 2nd row (l,r): Jenni McMullan, Anne Bright, Barbara Davis.
3rd row: Neal Mason, Daryl Wight, Iain Loganathan, Colin Nagle, Marie Nelson. 4th row: Rachel Harris, Michael Maley,
Doug Orr, Chris Drury, Pablo Carpay, Paul Dacey.
The AEC's national office in Canberra is organised functionally into the following five branches each managed by an assistant commissioner, and two units managed by the Chief Legal Officer and the Chief Finance Officer respectively:
In addition, the national office accommodates:
During 2008–09, the AEC reflected on the national office structure to ensure that it continues to meet business needs and appropriately balances the needs to 'do' and to 'support', while also providing capacity for future thinking and strategic capability. At 30 June 2009 internal consultation on a draft realignment was underway. The final structure will be determined and implemented early in 2009–10.
Each State Manager is responsible for managing AEC activities within the state or territory, including conducting federal elections and referendums, and is the Australian Electoral Officer (AEO) for the state or territory.
The State Manager for New South Wales also has administrative responsibility for the Australian Capital Territory divisions between elections. During an election period, an AEO is appointed for the Australian Capital Territory.
Each state or territory is divided into a number of electoral divisions that correspond to its number of members in the House of Representatives. At the end of 2008–09, there were 150 electoral divisions. Divisional offices are responsible for service delivery in elections, enrolment and public awareness. Some divisional offices may be co-located with other divisional offices or state offices.
Australia's electoral divisions are shown in Figure 3.
The AEC's national telephone inquiry number is 13 23 26; the national email address for inquiries is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen Victoria Terrace Parkes ACT 2600
|02 6271 4411|
|New South Wales||Level 4, Roden Cutler House 24 Campbell Street
Sydney NSW 2000
|02 9375 6333|
|Victoria||Level 8, Casselden Place 2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
|03 9285 7171|
488 Queen Street Brisbane QLD 4000
|07 3834 3400|
|Western Australia||Level 3,
111 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
|08 6363 8080|
|South Australia||Ninth Floor, Origin Energy House 1 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
|08 8237 6555|
|Tasmania||Second Floor, AMP Building 86 Collins Street
Hobart TAS 7000
|03 6235 0500|
|Northern Territory||Level 7, TCG Centre 80 Mitchell Street Darwin NT 0800||08 8982 8000|