2021 Queensland Law Society Council election

Voting is now open.

Voting is now open for the positions of eight ordinary members of Council. 

This is your chance to play a part in shaping the QLS Council. Placing trusted advisors at the helm of Queensland Law Society strengthens the future of our profession.

All members eligible to vote should have received an email from True Vote – our election platform provider, with a unique link to access the online poll. If you have any queries, be sure to check out the voting FAQs or contact elections@qls.com.au for further assistance. 

Voting closes 4pm AEST Wednesday 29 September 2021.  Vote today and let your voice be heard. 


Key dates


  • Close of the Roll of Electors: 9am AEST Monday 6 September 2021
  • Notice of Election / Nominations open: Monday 6 September 2021
  • Eligible Nominees published in order of date received: From Monday 6 September 2021
  • Nominations close: 4pm AEST Monday 13 September 2021
  • Eligible Candidates’ bios and photos published in order by automatic lot: From 9am AEST Tuesday 14 September 2021
  • Due date for withdrawal of Candidates: 4pm AEST Monday 20 September 2021
  • Voting opens: Wednesday 22 September 2021
  • Voting closes: 4pm AEST Wednesday 29 September 2021
  • Results announced: From Thursday 30 September 2021

Key roles


Click on the roles below to learn more about their responsibilities.


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Why nominate?

Nominating in our 2021 Council election is your opportunity to be part of something bigger—to dedicate your experience and passion to lead the profession.

If elected, you play a critical role in leadership, governance and strategy of the Society, ensuring the profession benefits from leadership that understands the changing dynamic of practice and the role QLS plays in supporting members of the profession.

You can also build your professional profile by nominating for a position on QLS Council. QLS Councillors gain a unique insight into the profession and legal stakeholders as well as the workings and many service offerings of QLS as a membership and statutory body. Being a QLS Councillor also allows you to participate in high profile events and forums which can extend your reputation and influence.

Why vote?

The 2021 QLS Council election is your chance to play a part in shaping the QLS Council and overseeing the direction of the solicitors’ branch of the Queensland legal profession.

QLS Councillors champion the profession through their experience and understanding of the issues and opportunities members face in daily practice. Placing trusted advisors at the helm of Queensland Law Society strengthens the future of our profession.

Be sure to take part in voting and let your voice be heard.

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What's new?


Timeframes

This year’s election will be a 3.5-week period:

  • Monday 6 September to Monday 13 September: Nomination period
  • Tuesday 14 September to Tuesday 21 September: QLS publishes the candidates’ biographies and photos in the order of the automatic lot
  • Wednesday 22 September to Wednesday 29 September: Voting period


Nomination form and nominee profile template

There are no changes to the nomination form and nominees may fill out and email, post or hand in their completed forms.

There are a couple of changes to the nominee profile template: 

  • nominees complete a webform;
  • there are 3 new nominee questions;
  • the word count for the response to each nominee question has increased to 60 words per question; and
  • nominees have the option to provide a LinkedIn, firm webpage or other website page to complement their nomination

There are no changes to the word count for the nominee’s biography (150 words). 


New Rules

On 16 July 2021 the Legal Profession (Society) Rules 2007 v29 came into effect. The new Rules provide flexibility for the timeframes for the election. 

The new rules:

  • change the minimum nomination period to 7 days;
  • change the timeframe candidates can withdraw their nominations to five days after the close of nominations; 
  • change the minimum voting period to 7 days; and 
  • clarify that voting takes place after a specified time from the close of nominations


Notification of eligible candidates on QLS website

Continuing on from previous elections: 

  • From Monday 6 September 2021 to 13 September 2021, QLS will assess each candidate, advise the candidate whether their application for candidacy has been accepted and within two business days of receipt of an accepted nomination will publish the names of the eligible candidates in order of nomination receipt on the QLS website; and
  • On Tuesday 14 September 2021, QLS will publish the names, biographies and photos submitted by eligible candidates in the order drawn by lot electronically in accordance with r35(2) of the Rules on the QLS website. 

Throughout the election period the QLS election media protocol is to be strictly observed.

About Council

Queensland Law Society (QLS) is an influential body on the state and national stage dedicated to advocating and providing thought leadership for the legal profession. QLS Council is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Society including the continual review of the strategic plan and the Society’s performance as reported through the CEO. Council is also responsible for approving the annual budget, the annual operating plan, overseeing the financial management of the Society’s affairs and discharging the Society’s statutory duties under the Legal Profession Act 2007 (“the Act”).

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Contact us

If you are looking for more information on the Roll of Electors, nominations, voting or the election announcement, contact: 1300 367 757 or email elections@qls.com.au.