Electoral Commission of Queensland

Failure to Vote

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 provides an opportunity to explain why you didn't cast your ballot or you may opt to pay a reduced fine. Please note, the fine increases if you do not complete one of these two options.

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

Infringement Notice

You will 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 Penalty Enforcement Register (SPER) for further action.

In some circumstances you may be required to complete a Queensland statutory declaration (PDF, 234.9 KB).