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

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) implemented a tailored response to non-voters from the March 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 have been 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.

Apparent Failure to Vote and Infringement Notices

If you have received an apparent failure to vote notice or infringement notice and wish to pay online, please click below or visit:

Pay your fine

Please note that the option to pay online will expire upon the due date of the relevant notice.


Apparent failure to vote notice example

Apparent failure to vote notice example

Non-voter warning letter example

Non-voter warning letter example

Voting in the 2020 State general election

The 2020 State general election was held from Monday 19 October to Saturday 31 October 2020. The Election Service Plan PDF (0.9 MB) outlines the activities undertaken by the ECQ to deliver the election.

Voters were 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.

The ECQ offered electronically assisted voting (telephone voting) to eligible electors. The service was expanded for the 2020 State general election, however strict eligibility criteria applied. To learn more, read the telephone voting fact sheet. PDF (0.74 MB)

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.