Is voting compulsory?

Voting is an opportunity to have your say and help shape Queensland. Voting is compulsory for all Queenslanders over the age of 18. If you don’t vote, you may receive a fine.

If you'll find it difficult to attend a polling booth, or it's unsafe for your address to be on the electoral roll, read more about special enrolment categories.

Voting in the 2020 local government elections and Bundamba and Currumbin state by-elections

The ECQ recognises that many electors who wanted to vote in the local government elections or by-elections, may have had a legitimate reason for not voting due to a heightened anxiety about COVID-19.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is implementing a tailored response to non-voters from the March local government elections and Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections.

In recognition of the unprecedented circumstances of delivering the elections during an unfolding global pandemic, first-time non-voters will not receive a notice from the ECQ.

However, warning letters or ‘apparent failure to vote’ notices will be sent to people with a pattern of non-voting behaviour and have not engaged with the ECQ to pay the fine or provide a reason for not voting.

Read the media statement.

Voting in the 2020 State general elections

Preparations are well advanced to deliver another COVID-safe election in October with the ECQ issuing a Statement of Intent outlining the election’s delivery principles.

Voters will be provided with every opportunity to vote while accommodating health requirements and therefore the ECQ will not be inclined to again accept concerns over COVID-19 as a valid reason for not voting.

Failure to vote

ECQ will send you an 'apparent failure to vote' notice if you appear not to have voted. If you receive this notice, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • provide a valid and sufficient reason for not voting
  • tell us that you did vote and provide details
  • pay a fine which equates to 1 penalty unit at the time of the offence ($133.45 as of 1 July 2019).

If you don’t respond to the ‘failure to vote’ notice, we’ll refer you to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) for further action.

Find out how you can enrol to vote or update your details.