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 on election day, or it's unsafe for your address to be on the electoral roll, read more about special enrolment categories.

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 this 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.