Electoral Commission of Queensland

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Electoral Commission of Queensland
Electoral Commission of Queensland logo.jpg
Statutory authority overview
Formed 1992
Jurisdiction The State of Queensland
Headquarters Brisbane
Employees 58
Statutory authority executives
  • Walter van der Merwe, Electoral Commissioner
  • Dermot Tiernan, Assistant Electoral Commissioner
Parent department Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Key document
  • Electoral Act, 1992
Website www.ecq.qld.gov.au

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) is an independent statutory authority which was established by the Queensland Government in 1992 to impartially conduct Queensland elections at both the Parliamentary and local government levels. The Commission's offices are located in Mary Street, Brisbane.

The Electoral Act 1992 requires the Commission to consist of a chairperson, electoral commissioner and one other commissioner. The chairperson is required to be a judge or former judge of at least three years.[1]


The Commission has three main functions. It must administer Queensland's electoral laws, conduct democratic parliamentary and industrial elections which are free and review local government boundaries.[2] It is also responsible for referendums, electoral redistributions, education and research into matters related to Queensland elections, providing information to all levels of government, ensuring the electoral roll is maintained and the registering of political parties.[3]

Electronic voting[edit]

In 2010, the Commission announced it was conducting research into assisting the deaf and blind to cast a secret vote electronically.[4] However, due to legislative restrictions, electronic voting was not available for the 2012 state election.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Electoral Act 1992 Reprint 8B" (PDF). Queensland Legislation. Government of Queensland. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Archived from the original on 26 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Electoral Commission of Queensland". Queensland Government Executive Directory. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Chloe Herrick (18 October 2010). "Queensland Electoral Commission looks to e-voting for blind and vision impaired". Computerworld. IDG Communications. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Chloe Herrick (6 April 2011). "Queensland legislation holds e-voting at bay". Techworld. IDG Communications. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 

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