The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is established under the Electoral Act 1992 as an independent statutory authority, responsible for the impartial conduct of Queensland elections .
ECQ’s key functions are:
- conducting state, local and industrial elections and referendums;
- reviewing state and local electoral boundaries; and
- regulating and promoting compliance with electoral funding and disclosure requirements.
ECQ performs its functions in accordance with responsibilities conferred by the following Acts:
Redistribution of electoral boundaries
In addition, the ECQ is subject to legislative requirements applying to Queensland public sector agencies, including access and disclosure of information under:
Our purpose and vision
ECQ’s purpose and vision are set out in the ECQ Strategic Plan 2019-2023. Our purpose is to ensure the integrity of Queensland’s electoral processes through delivery of accessible, fair and transparent elections.
Our vision is to be an evolving, trusted and respected Commission, serving a community engaged in the democratic process.
ECQ contributes to the Queensland Government's objectives for the community Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities, ‘Be a responsive government’, by delivering open, accountable and accessible electoral services for all Queenslanders.
|Objective 1||Deliver fair and transparent Queensland elections|
|Objective 2||Increase electoral awareness and participation|
|Objective 3||Continual improvement in electoral services|
|Objective 4||Queensland has balanced representation across electoral boundaries|
ECQ staff are subject to the requirements of the Queensland Public Service Code of Conduct, which sets out the ethics principles and values prescribed under the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994. ECQ also upholds the Queensland public service values:
|Customers first||Unleash potential||Ideas into action||Be courageous||Empower people|
Know your customer
Deliver what matters
Make decisions with empathy
Challenge the norm and suggest solutions
Encourage and embrace new ideas
Work across boundaries
Lead and set clear expectations
Seek, provide and act on feedback
Own your actions, successes and mistakes
Take calculated risks
Act with transparency
Lead, empower and trust
Play to everyone's strengths
Develop yourself and those around you
The Electoral Commissioner of Queensland
Pat Vidgen PSM
Pat Vidgen PSM was appointed Electoral Commissioner of Queensland on 7 September 2018.
Pat brings to the role a wealth of senior public sector management experience spanning three decades. He has worked in diverse management roles in Queensland government departments and statutory bodies. His career has seen him operate as Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in the Public Safety Business Agency and as a General Manager in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.
In those roles Pat has –
- Provided constitutional advice and support to successive Premiers and Governors
- Represented Queensland on a range of diverse national bodies for matters such as counter terrorism, Australian Honours and Bravery
- Supported Queensland’s recovery following significant natural disasters including Cyclone Larry and the Queensland floods
- Lead the delivery of numerous programs for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games including government relations, the indigenous program including the reconciliation action plan, sustainability, the Queen’s Baton Relay and stakeholder and community engagement
- Provided strategic advice on government boards such as the South Bank Corporation and the Queensland Events Corporation.
In 2016 Pat was recognised in the Australian Honours System with a Public Service Medal for outstanding service to the Queensland Government and to public sector governance. Pat studied Public Administration at the Queensland University of Technology and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.