Functions and Powers of The ECQ
The functions and powers of the Commission are listed in the Electoral Act 1992 and include:
- preparing for and conducting parliamentary elections, by-elections and referendums
- administering the Act's party registration, funding and disclosure provisions
- providing research and operational support services to State Redistribution Commissions on appointment
- promoting public awareness of electoral matters by conducting information, awareness and education campaigns, and implementing strategies to maintain the integrity of the Queensland electoral roll
- implementing strategies to encourage persons to enrol as electors, particularly those belonging to groups with traditionally low enrolment rates
- undertaking inquiries into pre-selection ballots for candidates in a State or local government election
- undertaking random post-election audits of pre-selection ballots for candidates in a State election
- conducting research into electoral matters, and providing information and advice on electoral issues to the Minister and Government, the Legislative Assembly, and government departments and agencies
- publishing material relating to the Commission's functions, including monthly enrolment statistics, election, by-election and referendum results, and the results of research on electoral matters.
Under the powers conferred on the Commission by the City of Brisbane Act 1924, the Local Government Act 1993 and the Industrial Relations Act 1999, the Commission also:
- conducts the Brisbane City Council election, by agreement with the Council
- reviews the external boundaries and electoral arrangements for local governments
- conducts industrial elections and amalgamation ballots.