Welcome to the Queensland Parliament web site - accessibility access keys available by clicking here or by using access key 9, sitemap available under access key 2Skip to Main Content or by using access key 0View Access KeysGo to sitemapGo to useful linksGo to contact usGo to latest sitting weekGo to current members listView Access KeysRemote Access

Qld State Election FAQs

What is the latest date for next Qld State Election?

The Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Amendment Act 2015 which amends/repeals s.2 of the Constitution Act Amendment Act 1890 and s.4 of the Constitution Act Amendment Act 1934 commences on the date of the instrument by which the Governor summons the Legislative Assembly after the next general election.

This means that s.2 of the Constitution Act Amendment Act 1890 remains unamended at this time and the 55th Parliament (this Parliament) if not dissolved earlier will expire 3 years from day appointed for the return of the writ for choosing this Parliament:

 

The Constitution Act Amendment Act 1890—

 

2 Duration of Legislative Assembly to be 3 years only

 

Every Legislative Assembly hereafter to be summoned and chosen shall continue for 3 years from the day appointed for the return of the writs for choosing the same, and no longer; subject nevertheless to be sooner dissolved by the Governor.

 

The writ for the 55th Parliament was returned on 16 February 2015, but the day appointed in the writ for the return of the writ was Wednesday 11 March 2015. The 55th Legislative Assembly will, therefore, expire on 11 March 2018 if not earlier dissolved. 

Section 82(2) of the Electoral Act 1992 provides the Governor must issue a writ for a general election not later than 4 days after the day on which the Legislative Assembly is dissolved or expires by the passage of time. Section 84 provides the polling day in the Writ must be a Saturday not less han 26 days, nor more than 56 days, after the issue of the Writ.

Saturday the 5th May 2018 is, therefore, the latest possible date for the next State election


What are the possible dates for Queensland Elections after four year terms commence?

The election for the 56th Parliament will be considered an extraordinary general election (s.7 of the Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Amendment Act 2015) and the normal polling day for the election for the 57th Parliament will be held on the last Saturday in October in the third calendar year after the election year (s 6 of the Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Amendment Act 2015 see below).

Section 6 of the Constitution (Fixed Term Parliament) Amendment Act 2015:

                                …

19B Polling day for ordinary general election

(1) The normal polling day for an ordinary general election is the last Saturday in October in the following year—

  1. if the last general election was an ordinary general election—the fourth calendar year after the calendar year in which the last general election was held;
  2. if the last general election was an extraordinary general election—the third calendar year after the calendar year in which the last general election was held.

Document No: 6959198

If the next election is held in 2017, the next normal polling day (for the 57th Parliament) would be on 31 October 2020.

If the next election is held from 1 January 2018 to 5 May 2018, the next normal polling day (for the 57th Parliament) would be on 30 October 2021.

The table below illustrates:

 

 

The next two General Elections

Scenario

 

 

Election #1

If the next election is held during this period

Election #2

… the subsequent election will be held on this day.

1

Jan 2017 to 31 Dec 2017

Saturday 31 Oct 2020

2

1 Jan 2018 to 5 May 2018

Saturday 30 Oct 2021

 

Note:

The above calculations assume no unusual circumstances such as a normal polling day being postponed or an ‘extraordinary dissolution’.


In any case, unless an extraordinary dissolution has occurred, the Assembly will expire on the day that is four years from the day the writ for the general election was returned for that Assembly.


If the Governor dissolves the Assembly and issues a writ for a general election, before the normal dissolution day then the duration that the dissolved Assembly and the subsequently elected Assembly would vary from the usual pattern.