Mayor Tom Tate


Tom Tate was elected Mayor of the Gold Coast, Australia’s 6th largest city, in April 2012 and re-elected for a second term in March 2016 and a third term in March 2020.


Mayor Tate 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, Mayor Tate 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.


Mayor Tate is leading a city that is embracing change and dreaming big. While building on the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mayor Tate is looking towards the future and opportunities that will come from the Brisbane 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games where the Gold Coast will host 11 sports and a satellite Games village. Continuing to focus on the key areas of transport and digital infrastructure; health, education, and knowledge; sports and events; culture and business investment, Mayor Tate is committed to ensuring a future for the Gold Coast that includes a stronger economy, more jobs and protecting the city’s enviable lifestyle.


Mayor Tate 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 Tate has been married to his wife, Ruth for 43 years and together they have four children and two grandchildren. The multicultural Mayor was born in Asia and is fluent in three languages.