Electoral Commission of Queensland


Candidates are the people who run for an election. Successfully elected candidates represent the community, as a member of parliament when elected at a state election, or as a Mayor or Councillor when elected at a local government election.


To nominate as a candidate you must be:

  • at least 18 years old
  • an Australian citizen
  • enrolled on the Queensland electoral roll (state elections)
  • reside and be enrolled in the local government area (local elections).


It is not the role or responsibility of ECQ or the returning officer to give advice regarding the eligibility of a candidate. Should you be in any doubt on your eligibility you should seek independent legal advice. Information on disqualifications is available in the documents below:

Nomination deposit

A $250.00 deposit must be paid at the time of nomination. For state nomination the deposit can be paid by cash or bank cheque only. Nominations for local elections can be paid by cash, bank cheque, credit card or eftpos (in person at ECQ head office only). Personal cheques will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Nomination deposits will only be refunded to candidates who:

  • withdraw consent to the nomination before 12noon on the day of nomination closure
  • are successfully elected
  • receive 6% (state) or 4% (local) of the formal first preference votes in their nominated area.

Group of candidates

Candidates nominating for local government elections are able to register as a group. A group of candidates can be formed to promote the election of the candidates; or to share in the benefits of fundraising to promote the election of the candidates.

Further information regarding groups is available in the guide for candidates for local government elections (PDF, 476.5 KB).