The Electoral Commission of Queensland is an independent and impartial organisation established under the Electoral Act 1992 to administer the following electoral events.
Local government elections
Local government elections are held every four years on the last Saturday in March, unless changed by regulation.
There are 77 local government areas within Queensland. A divided council has internal boundaries known as divisions or wards and voters elect a councillor to represent their division. In an undivided council, voters elect all the councillors for their local government area.
The next local government election will be held on Saturday, 28 March 2020. For more information, see the 2020 local government elections page.
State government elections
Queensland is transitioning to four year fixed-terms following the 2016 referendum. The next state election is due to be held on the 31st of October 2020.
Queensland comprises of 93 electorates. For more information see electoral boundaries.
For more information about the Currumbin By-election please see the Currumbin By-election page.
By-elections may be held if a vacancy occurs during a term of office for a member of parliament, a mayor or a councillor.
Vacancies can occur for many reasons, including death, resignation, absence without leave, expulsion or disqualification.
For information about finalised elections, see the Election Results page.
A referendum is held when the government would like to change the State Constitution and provides electors with the opportunity to give their opinion. Voting in a referendum is compulsory.
In a state referendum, you'll be asked to vote in favour of ("yes") or against ("no") one or more questions, rather than selecting a candidate/s as a representative for state district or local government area.
|Proposal||Date||Votes in Favour ("Yes")||Votes Against ("No")||Result|
|Fixed Four (4) Year Terms||19 March 2016||52.96%||47.04%||Passed|
|Daylight Savings||22 February 1992||40.57%||48.60%||Failed|
|Extension of Parliamentary Terms from Three (3) to Four (4) years||23 March 1991||772,647||811,078||Failed|
|Control or Prohibition Liquor||3 October 1923||Failed|
|Control or Prohibition Liquor||30 October 1920||Failed|
|Abolition of the Legislative Council||5 May 1917||119,909||179,105||Failed|
|Religious Instruction||13 April 1910||74,228||56,681||Passed|
|Federation||2 September 1899||38,488||30,996||Passed|
ECQ is responsible for conducting industrial elections under the Industrial Relations Act 2016. Applications may be made to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) seeking an election of office-bearers. Prescribed election information (form 65) must be lodged with the QIRC. This form can be found on the QIRC website. If the application is approved, the QIRC will issue a decision instructing ECQ to conduct the election.
Union: Queensland Teachers Union of Employees
Decision: RIO 2019/281-282 & RIO 2020/5-8)
Date: 27 November 2019 & 21 January 2020
Union: The Registered and Licensed Clubs Association of Queensland, Union of Employers
Decision: RIO 2019/267
Date: 25 October 2019