Electoral Commission Queensland

Voters & Voting

Voting is compulsory in Queensland and you may be fined if you don't vote. 

Everyday local and state government representatives make decisions that affect you and your community. Voting is your opportunity to have a say in electing the people or party who will best represent you in government. 

It is important that you are enrolled to vote so that you can vote for your chosen representative during an election.

Local government

In Queensland there are 77 local councils. Each council has a democratically elected local government representative who is responsible for making important decisions on services, facilities and issues impacting the local community. Some of the responsibilities of local government representatives include:

  • local roads and footpaths
  • libraries and community centres
  • parks and recreation facilities
  • garbage and recycling collections
  • town planning and building regulations.

State government

Queensland is divided into 89 state electoral districts. In a state government election you are voting for a representative who will make decisions and choices about issues that affect all Queensland residents. Some of the responsibilities of state government representatives include:

  • health, ambulance and hospital services
  • employment and education services
  • transport, planning and infrastructure
  • tourism, events and the arts
  • rural and regional development
  • family and community support and development services.