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Local government general elections are held every four years, and on the same date for all 77 councils across Queensland. By-elections can also be held to fill councillor vacancies that occur between elections.

The last elections were held on Saturday 19 March 2016 and the next elections will be held on Saturday 28 March 2020.

The Queensland Government is pursuing a rolling reform agenda to strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity measures that apply to the system of local government and elections in Queensland. That means there are some changes that candidates for the 2020 elections need to be ready for, even if you are an existing mayor or councillor or have been a candidate before. For more information, refer to the Ready for council elections in 2020? fact sheet (PDF, 295KB).

Electoral Commission of Queensland

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is the independent authority set up to ensure impartial and democratic elections in Queensland, including local government elections. The ECQ appoints a returning officer for each local government area who is responsible for the conduct of the election for that area, from taking candidate nominations to counting the votes and formally declaring the successful candidates.

For more information on elections and candidate obligations contact the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

So you want to be a councillor or mayor?

By becoming a councillor, or even just running for election, you can make a positive difference to your local community. Queensland’s councils also need councillors and mayors that reflect the diversity of our communities.

One of the recent major local government reforms is the requirement for all candidates in the upcoming 2020 local government elections (including existing councillors and mayors) to undertake mandatory training before the ECQ can accept a candidate’s nomination for the 2020 local government election.

Visit the So you want to be a councillor? page to:

  • find out more about the role of a councillor and what councils do
  • understand your election and campaign obligations
  • complete the mandatory training.