On 28 November 2019 the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to the Queensland Legislative Assembly. Read more about the rolling reform agenda for the local government sector.

Mandatory candidate training

Changes to the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 have introduced the mandatory requirement for training to be completed by all candidates for the 2020 local government elections.

Training can be completed online on the So you want to be a councillor? website. The online training takes around one hour to complete, and contains two modules covering the obligations of candidates and councillors, if elected.

Other candidate training options

In November and early December 2019 face-to-face training sessions were held at 18 locations including Thursday Island, Napranum, Mt Isa, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Bedourie, Jundah, Longreach, Winton, Richmond, Rockhampton, Maryborough, Boulia, Charleville, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Logan.

Candidates who did not attend a training session and are unable to complete the training online can attend an Indigenous area training session below, or discuss alternative options by phoning the department on (07) 3452 7148 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Complete the training online

Face-to-face training

Candidates can come to a face-to-face training session below, targeted to Indigenous local government areas.

No bookings are needed to attend. Further details of session times and venues for the training will be updated on this web page soon.



Cherbourg 28 January 2020
Woorabinda 29 January 2020
Hopevale 29 January 2020
Wujal Wujal 30 January 2020
Mornington Island 28 January 2020
29 January 2020
30 January 2020
Palm Island 4 February 2020
5 February 2020
Aurukun To be confirmed
Mapoon 5 February 2020
Lockhart 5 February 2020
Yarrabah 5 February 2020
Kowanyama 10 February 2020
Pormpuraaw 11 February 2020
Doomadgee 11 February 2020
12 February 2020
13 February 2020
Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council 18 February 2020
Torres Strait (Thursday Island) To be confirmed
Torres Strait (outer islands) To be confirmed


QSA talks records management

The Queensland State Archives (QSA) and Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) have released Council Records: Guideline for Mayors, Councillors, CEOs and Council Employees.

Watch the webinar to find out more about:

To watch the webinar On Demand click here and follow the instructions below:

  1. On the registration page, enter your name and email address.
  2. Click the play icon to view the video On Demand (The video can’t be downloaded. However, there is no limit on the number of times it is viewed.)
  3. You can click on the information symbol (i) in bottom right corner to download the presentation slides for your reference.

Local Government Learning Centre

The Local Government Learning Centre is an online learning resource for Councillors, Mayors and senior management within the local government sector.

A unique email with username and password has been sent to all Councillors, Mayors and CEOs across Queensland to access the portal.

If you are having difficulty accessing the portal, email your name, contact details and issue to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively you can contact your regional office.