Electorate Officers work from 128 electorate office locations across the state of Victoria, serving the constituency and supporting their supervising Member of Parliament in the proper performance of their duties.
Through their supervising Member, Electorate Officers apply their knowledge of the electorate to support and service the community. The responsibilities of an Electorate Officer vary depending on the needs of the Member and the operations of the electorate office.
The role of an Electorate Officer is varied and requires a diverse range of skills, experience and expertise. Electorate Officers need to understand the Victorian Parliament’s processes, procedures and function, the responsibilities of State and Federal governments and public services, and the services available in their community.
These responsibilities broadly fall into the following areas:
- General Administration and Office Management
- Constituent Services
- Media and Stakeholder Engagement
- Parliamentary Duties
It is important to be aware that section 30(5) of the Parliamentary Administration Act 2005 prohibits Electorate Officers from performing ‘party-specific activity’.
‘Party-specific activity’ is defined as any activity for the dominant purpose of directing how a person should vote at an election, by promoting or opposing:
- the election of any candidate at an election,
- a registered political party,
- an elected member.
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Electorate officers are accountable to the public as representatives of Parliament of Victoria.
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