Mayor Tom Tate


Tom Tate was elected Mayor of the Gold Coast, Australia’s sixth largest city, in 2012. He was re-elected for a second term in 2016 and a third term in 2020. Tom is dedicated to reducing the cost of living pressures facing residents, reforming Council, cutting waste and broadening the Gold Coast’s economic base beyond its cornerstones of tourism and construction.

Mayor Tom Tate

Tom is a civil engineer by trade, having graduated from the University of NSW in the early 1980s. He started his career in the construction industry and later moved into the tourism and hospitality industry.

With a strong business background, Tom has spent his time in office ensuring everyone knows that the Gold Coast is 'open for business'. This has seen certainty return to the city, which in turn has boosted confidence and created significant investment across the Gold Coast. Tom is leading a city that is embracing change and dreaming big.

His focus for the future is to build on the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games by focusing on the key areas of transport and digital infrastructure; health, education and knowledge; events; culture and business investment. Tom is committed to ensuring a future for the Gold Coast that includes a stronger economy, more jobs and protecting the city's enviable lifestyle.

Tom has been married to his wife, Ruth for over 40 years and together they have four children.

The multi-cultural Mayor was born in Asia and is fluent in three languages.

Council Committees

  • Council of the City of Gold Coast (Chair)
  • Special Budget (Chair)
  • Planning & Environment
  • Lifestyle & Community
  • Economy, Tourism & Events
  • Water, Waste & Energy
  • Transport and Infrastructure
  • Local Disaster Management Group (Chair)
  • Safer Suburbs Forum (Chair)
  • Governance, Administration & Finance