Candidates are the people who run for an election. Successfully elected candidates represent the community:

  • as a Member of Parliament when elected at a state election
  • as a Mayor or Councillor when elected at a local government election

Who is eligible?

To nominate as a candidate, you must be:

  • at least 18 years old
  • an Australian citizen
  • enrolled on the Queensland electoral roll for state elections
  • enrolled (and live in) the local government area for local elections.

Who can’t be a candidate?

The ECQ or returning officer cannot give eligibility advice. If you’re in doubt of your eligibility, please seek independent legal advice. The Queensland Legislation website provides further information on disqualifications.

Nomination fee

Nominees must pay a $250 deposit at the time of nomination. For state nomination, you can pay the deposit by cash or bank cheque. For local elections, you can pay by cash, bank cheque, credit card or EFTPOS in person at ECQ head office. Please note that we cannot accept personal cheques under any circumstances.

We refund nomination deposits to candidates who:

  • withdraw consent to the nomination before 12 noon on the day of nomination closure
  • are successfully elected
  • receive 6% (state) or 4% (local) of the formal first preference votes in their nominated area.

Forming a group of candidates

Candidates nominating for local government elections can register as a group to combine their fundraising and promotional efforts.

Further information regarding groups is available in the Candidate's guide to local government elections and by-elections (PDF, 476.5 KB).

Funding and disclosure obligations

All candidates and political parties have funding and disclosure obligations, it is the responsibility of each candidate and political party to ensure they are informed about their obligations by reading the funding and disclosure section on this website.

For all handbooks, guides and, forms visit the handbooks and forms page.