Electoral Commission Queensland

Elections

ECQ is an independent and impartial organisation, established under the Electoral Act 1992 to administer the following types of electoral events: 

State government elections

The next State general election has no fixed date and can be called anytime between now and early 2018.  

The number of electorates in Queensland will increase from 89 to 93 following a redistribution of electoral boundaries in May 2017.  Queensland is also transitioning to four year fixed-terms following the successful 2016 referendum

Local government elections 

Local council elections are held every four years on the last Saturday in March, unless changed by regulation. 

There are 77 local council areas within Queensland. A divided council (ie. Ipswich City Council) are separated into divisions, where voters must elect a councillor to represent their division. In an undivided council (ie. Gladstone Regional Council) voters elect all of the councillors for their Council area.  

By-elections

By-elections are held if a vacancy occurs during a term of office, leaving a position without a Member of Parliament, a Mayor or a Councillor. 

Vacancies can occur as a result of numerous circumstances including death, resignation, absence without leave, expulsion, disqualification or the ineligibility of a member. 

Polls and referendums

A referendum is necessary to change the State's constitution. Electors are asked to vote in favour of ("yes") or against ("no") a particular question. 

Industrial elections

Industrial elections are run in accordance with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC).