Polling place volunteering is very rewarding. You are standing up for your convictions and supporting something you believe in – a Sustainable Australia with secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning, and a sustainable environment.
As a volunteer for Sustainable Australia you’ll need enthusiasm, energy and a smile. You’ll be promoting the party, its policies and its candidates.
Over 1 in 10 voters decide who to vote for on the day of the election. That's why it's so important to have a presence at the polling place!
There are a few things to be aware of re polling place regulations. Most notably, by law, you are required to stand no closer than 6 metres from the entrance to the polling booth. The entrance is often the front door to the school, hall, etc. But if in doubt please ask the AEC polling place official to clarify this for you.
Take the time to read our policies on our website (they can be easily accessed via your mobile phone!), so you can answer any basic questions.
Polls open at 8am and close at 6pm
We have two shifts (always arrive 15+ minutes early):
- AM: 8am-1pm
- PM: 1pm - 6pm
We particularly need people to fill the all-important morning shift (8am-1pm).
Arrive early (by around 7:45) as voters will be arriving before then to line up and vote at 8am. Start by offering everyone in the line a Sustainable Australia how-to-vote (HTV) card.
Join the polling place 'pack' at the main entrance.
Smile and say hello/g’day/good morning/etc to voters if you get the chance.
When offering our HTV card, you should simply smile and say:
NB: You won't usually have time to say anything else. If you do, add "Stop Over-Development."
If they ask about preferences, tell them Sustainable Australia is a party from the political centre and prefers that voters allocate their own preferences.
If they decline to take a how-to-vote card, keep smiling and wish them a good day. There may be the occasional rude voter, but we still have to be warm and pleasant to them. Don’t take it personally or allow such people to take up your precious time and lose the potential to hand out HTV cards. Focus on smiling at the next person.
You are representing Sustainable Australia. Always be respectful of voters and volunteers from other parties. Do not offer your personal views on policies or issues - simply promote our official policies. If you do not know the answer to a policy question - just say that you do not know, but that all of our policies are on our website. Please do not communicate personal views on issues such as immigration with voters or other polling place workers, just focus on the simple message to the voter.
Note: Take your Sustainable Australia t-shirt, sunscreen, hat, jacket, umbrella, chair, water, snacks/lunch, HTV cards, and any party signage you have. Most importantly, please enjoy this interesting experience that helps build our collective political skills.
To volunteer: CLICK HERE (and mention 'polling place')