The AEC's organisational structure at 30 June 2012, including the names of senior executives, is shown in Figure 1.
The AEC was established in 1984, when the Electoral Act was amended to include a three-person Commission. According to the Electoral Act, the three people must be an active or retired judge of the Federal Court of Australia, the Electoral Commissioner, and a non-judicial member.
At 30 June 2012, the Commission consisted of:
Ed Killesteyn, Electoral Commissioner, is responsible for the management and strategic leadership of the AEC. He is assisted by the Deputy Electoral Commissioner, two first assistant commissioners, six assistant commissioners, the Chief Finance Officer and the Chief Legal Officer.
The Electoral Commissioner is also assisted by state managers in each state and the Northern Territory. Each person holds the statutory appointment of Australian Electoral Officer.
Our National Office is organised into eight branches, with assistant commissioners heading up six of those branches:
The Chief Finance Officer leads the Finance and Business Services Branch and the Chief Legal Officer heads the Legal and Compliance Branch.
Three assistant commissioners are also national program managers:
State managers run the seven state offices, including the Northern Territory office. The managers are responsible for electoral activities in their respective jurisdictions.
The NSW/ACT State Manager is a national program manager, responsible for the conduct of industrial elections and protected action ballots.
Victoria’s State Manager is a national program manager responsible for fee-for-service elections.
The third tier of our office network is responsible for electoral administration in electoral divisions. Each state and territory is divided into electoral divisions that correspond with each state or territory’s representation in the House of Representatives.
Our staff in divisional offices conduct elections and roll management and public awareness activities within their divisions.
Some offices are stand-alone, while others are co-located.