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 will 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.
2016 State referendum
The 2016 Queensland State Referendum, held 19 March 2016, approved a Bill for an Act to provide for fixed four-years terms for the Legislative Assembly of Queensland with 52.96% of "yes" votes in favour and 47.04% of "no" votes. The 2016 State Referendum Election Report (PDF, 2.7 MB) provides a statistical analysis and evaluation of the election.
Previous referendum results
|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|