Electoral Commission of Queensland

Failure to Vote

First-time Non-voter

A warning letter or email is being sent to people who appear to have failed to vote for the first time. For more information see: Non-Voter Warning.

Apparent Failure to Vote Notice

If you don't vote at a council or state government election, you may receive an Apparent Failure to Vote Notice. It gives you an opportunity to:

  • explain why you didn't cast your ballot, or provide details to show you voted;
  • pay a non-voter fine at a reduced rate.

Please note, the fine increases if you do not complete one of these two options in the specified time.

You are welcome to phone ECQ on 1300 881 665 or email nonvoters@ecq.qld.gov.au with any questions.

How to Pay a Fine

Payment can be made via BPAY, Bpoint (Mastercard / VISA) or at an Australia Post outlet by the due date. To pay by VISA or MasterCard click here.

For payment instructions please refer to page 2 of your Apparent Failure to Vote Notice. If you’ve misplaced this, please contact ECQ on 1300 881 665.

Late payments will result in an increased fine (see the Infringement Notice section below).

Infringement Notice

You may receive an Infringement Notice if:

  • you did not respond to the Apparent Failure to Vote Notice;
  • your reason provided on the Apparent Failure to Vote Notice is not valid or sufficient; or
  • you have not paid the reduced penalty amount.

You must reply to the Infringement Notice within 28 days from the date of issue. Failure to pay the Infringement Notice or provide a valid and sufficient explanation will result in the matter being referred to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) for further action.