The AEC has a three-tiered structure:
The Electoral Commissioner is responsible for management and strategic leadership of the AEC. The Deputy Electoral Commissioner and two First Assistant Commissioners assist him.
The national office has eight branches:
Assistant Commissioners head six branches, the Chief Finance Officer leads the Finance and Business Services Branch and the Chief Legal Officer leads 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. They are responsible for electoral activities in their jurisdictions. Two state managers are also national program managers:
Divisional offices are responsible for electoral administration in each electoral division. (An electoral division corresponds to representation in the House of Representatives.) In particular, they administer the conduct of elections, roll management, and public awareness activities. Some divisional offices stand alone, while others are co-located in larger work units. Figure 1 shows Australia’s electoral divisions.