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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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26 Alice Springs office There were two permanent staff in the Alice Springs office at the end of the financial year. The office will be further redefining the work objectives to give a southern region focus to enrolment, voter awareness and conduct of elections. Occasional casual support was required for administrative purposes in both locations. Election staff Casual election staff were employed for polling and administrative duties for the nine council elections that went to poll. The Araluen and municipal council by-elections that occurred during the year afforded employment opportunities for staff in static polling places. Wherever possible, the NTEC uses its own and AEC electoral staff for remote and urban polling to minimise costs to councils. There is now clarity in timing for general elections, with LA elections having fixed terms and council elections scheduled for March every four years. More than 1 000 staff on the election database were contacted in December 2010 to ascertain their willingness to work at future electoral events; more than 500 responses were annotated on file. Further contact is anticipated towards the end of 2011, confirming the 2012 election dates and seeking expressions of interest. Employee expenses Employee expenditure varies, caused by fluctuations in the number of LA and local government general and by-elections and the need to recruit more staff in the lead up to general elections for planning and program implementation. Ongoing employee expenses are normally funded from the appropriation budget, with separate arrangements made for staff employed for elections, election project work and for secondments. In 2010-11, employee expenses came to approximately $1 608 000, around 54% of total expenditure for the year. NTEC office premises Darwin: as part of a whole of government strategic plan for office accommodation, the NTEC was allocated an amount of $710 000 to relocate to alternative premises. In March 2011 the NTECs relocation was accelerated when its tenancy of 30 years in the AANT building was brought to an end. In early May 2011 the NTEC moved to the TCG Centre on Mitchell Street. A refit is scheduled to take place over some four months (June to October 2011). Apart from one day, business continued as usual with the redistribution and an election in train. Access to sizeable storage space at the former premises ended and the NTEC has been required to source a small amount of additional off-site storage space within its ongoing annual operational budget. Alice Springs: under a joint arrangement between the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) and the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), MyVote Central is the only joint branded Commonwealth and State/Territory electoral office in Australia. The partnership enables a broader range of services to be provided to the central Australian region; the office also acts as a service hub for remote communities in other parts of central Australia, including the provision of voting facilities for interstate jurisdictions at their various state general and by-elections.