Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission
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27 A number of electoral services and educational programs were provided, including: Full assistance for the Commonwealth election in August 2010 when some 6544 electors used the premises for early voting including 3400 interstate voters The conduct of the federal election polling night count in Alice Springs Use as a logistics centre for eight remote mobile polling teams travelling around central Australia during the Commonwealth election. Five local government by-elections and voting services to Victorian and New South Wales electors for their State elections were also managed from the premises. 5.2 Management and reporting Report under the Public Sector Employment and Management Act s18 The NTEC reported to the Commissioner for Public Employment in relation to the Commissions compliance with the prescribed principles of human resource (HR) management during the reporting year. No grievance disputes arose. The NTEC regularly seeks advice from DBE regarding NT public sector wide HR legislation, instructions and guidelines and the implementation of the relevant HR policies, practices, terms and conditions. Equal opportunity Staff selection is on the basis of merit based employment criteria. Polling official appointments are also made according to the merit criteria, subject to the demands of the election timetable. Electoral employees are required to sign an undertaking that they are not a member of a political party or active in political affairs and that they will retain this status during the period of their employment. The Commission promotes gender balance in the employment of staff, to ensure appropriate dialogue with electors for enrolment, electoral awareness and election activities in all sectors of the community throughout its widespread jurisdiction. Equity and diversity The NTEC supports the selection of staff able to communicate and interact with NT communities, regardless of any perceived barriers presented by gender, language, ethnicity, disadvantage or any physical or other impairment. Flexible work practices Flex-time was able to be taken during the year outside operational commitments for the election events that occurred. Where overtime is not applicable, time-in-lieu arrangements are negotiated. Occupational health and safety (OH&S) Risks can occur in both office and field situations. The Commission has explored the use of GPS technology for use by mobile teams in remote areas. However it is difficult to identify a package that meets requirements for remote situations. Ideally a combination of GPS/roll data software could be utilised on the same equipment carried by mobile teams.