Election & Failure to Vote Info

State Elections

Queensland State Elections are now held on a fixed term basis. The previous State Election was held on 25 November 2017. The next Queensland State Election will be held on 31 October 2020. After this election we will moved to fixed four (4) year terms, with the following election to be held on 26 October 2024.

Infringement Notices are sent to people who appear not to have voted at elections.

Recipients are given the opportunity to:

  • provide a valid and sufficient reason for not voting;
  • explain they did vote and provide details; or
  • pay a fine of $126.15 for not voting.

After the time to respond has passed outstanding cases are referred to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) for further action.

For more information please call ECQ on 1300 881 665 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm). Alternatively you can email ecq@ecq.qld.gov.au.

Federal Elections

Australian Federal Elections are called at the discretion of the Prime Minister, and must be held every 3 years. The previous Federal Election was held on 2 July 2016, the next Federal Election must be held before 18 May 2019.

You will receive a letter from the AEC if, according to their records, you did not vote at a federal election. If you did vote, you should advise the AEC and provide details by the due date.

If you didn’t vote, you will need to provide a valid and sufficient reason why, or pay the $20 penalty.

Local Elections

Queensland Local Government Elections are held on a fixed four (4) year term basis. The previous Local Government Election was held on 19 March 2016, with the next election scheduled for 28 March 2020.