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The Queensland Government is pursuing a rolling reform agenda in the local government sector.

These reforms will further strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity measures which apply to the system of local government in Queensland. The government is committed to supporting local government and ensuring that public confidence and accountability is demonstrated.

Key changes from 2018 included:

Latest proposed changes

The Belcarra Report found that good government requires elections to be held on a level playing field, with equal participation available to all.

Belcarra also stressed the need for complete transparency about who candidates are, how their campaigns are funded, and their interests and affiliations – along with their relationship with other candidates.

An information paper (PDF, 357KB) outlining the legislation amendments proposed to be considered is available. The paper is structured in four sections; before, during, after an election and elected councils. Following significant consultation with Mayors, Councillors and stakeholders, proposed changes are detailed in the key changes to the reforms (PDF, 161KB) document however, is not intended to reflect all drafting changes proposed.

In addition, the Government is proposing regulation amendments as outlined in the Local Government Regulations Reform (PDF, 267KB) document to further improve council integrity, increase transparency, encourage diversity and ensure consistency in the local government system. The proposed amendments also reflect recommendations and suggestions received from the Queensland Audit Office, Queensland Law Society, Ombudsman and the Local Government Association of Queensland.


A series of live webcasts were provided in March 2019 where users could provide feedback and ask questions about the proposed local government rolling reforms.

Frequently asked questions

FAQs have been answered to provide more details on the proposed Local Government rolling reforms.

Dedicated hotline

Ph: 07 3452 6747.
The hotline is available between the hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday. The department will endeavour to respond to any questions within 48 hours (business days).


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