The AEC's organisational structure for 2009–10, including the names of senior executives, is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 Organisation chart as at 30 June 2010
The Electoral Act was amended in 1984 to establish a three-person Australian Electoral Commission (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 Commission consists of a chairperson, who must be an active or retired judge of the Federal Court of Australia; the Electoral Commissioner; and a non-judicial member.
At 30 June 2010, the Commission consisted of:
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 are members of the AEC's Executive Management Group. In the national office are the Deputy Electoral Commissioner, two first assistant commissioners, six 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 in managing electoral activities in their respective jurisdictions.