What the ECQ does

What the Electoral Commission of Queensland does

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is an independent statutory authority established under the Electoral Act 1992 and is responsible for the impartial conduct of State, local government and industrial elections in Queensland. The ECQ also regulates and promotes compliance with electoral funding and disclosure requirements.

These responsibilities are established under the Electoral Act 1992, the Local Government Electoral Act 2011, the Referendums Act 1997 and the Industrial Relations Act 2016.

Plan election events

We manage electoral events

There are three distinct phases associated with the management of major electoral events:

  1. Plan and prepare for the election – this includes designing services, procuring and dispatching materials,  finding office space for Returning Officers and polling places, recruiting and training staff and engaging with our stakeholders
  2. Deliver the election throughout the polling period, including after polling day  - this includes  engaging with electors who appear to have failed to vote and considering claims for election funding
  3. Report on elections – this includes evaluating performance, preparing public reports, and improving business practices for future electoral events.

Legislative changes

We provide a range of other services

Outside of major electoral events, the ECQ delivers a range of other services, projects and activities . These include:

  • Engaging with a range of stakeholders to promote public awareness of electoral matters.
  • Managing the registration and deregistration of Queensland political parties, and promoting compliance with obligations under the Electoral Act 1992.
  • Undertaking periodic redistributions of Queensland’s electoral districts through the Queensland Redistribution Commission.
  • Supporting the Local Government Change Commission to assess proposals for changes to local government boundaries and arrangements when referred by the Minister for Local Government.
  • Conducting industrial elections for employer and employee  when instructed by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
  • Promoting and reviewing compliance by political parties, candidates, Members of Parliament, councillors and donors with funding and disclosure requirements.
  • Working with the Australian Electoral Commission to manage Queensland’s electoral roll.

Election event