What the Electoral Commission of Queensland does
The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is an independent statutory authority established under the Electoral Act 1992.
The ECQ is responsible for:
- conducting state, local, and industrial elections, and referendums
- reviewing state and local government electoral boundaries, and
- regulating and promoting compliance with electoral funding and disclosure requirements.
We manage electoral events
Election events have four phases:
- Plan and prepare. This includes designing services, procuring and dispatching materials, finding office space for Returning Officers, finding voting venues, recruiting and training temporary election staff, and engaging with stakeholders.
- Deliver the election. This includes early and election day voting, postal voting, and telephone and visitor voting if required, counting the votes, publishing the results, and declaring the outcome.
- Post-election actions. This period includes non-voter engagement where the ECQ engages with electors who appear to have failed to vote, and considering claims made by candidates and parties for election funding.
- Report on the election. This includes evaluating the ECQ’s performance, preparation of a public report, and adopting improvements for future election events.
The ECQ provides other services
The ECQ delivers a range of other services, projects, and activities, outside of election events. These include:
- engaging with stakeholders to promote awareness about democracy and elections
- managing the registration and deregistration of political parties
- promoting and reviewing compliance by candidates, donors, political parties, councillors, and Members of Parliament with funding and disclosure responsibilities under the Electoral Act 1992
- undertaking state electoral boundary redistributions in partnership with the Queensland Redistribution Commission
- supporting the Local Government Change Commission to assess local government boundaries and arrangements when referred by the Minister for Local Government
- conducting industrial elections for employers and employees when instructed by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, and
- working with the Australian Electoral Commission to manage Queensland’s electoral roll.