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The Queensland Government is delivering a rolling reform agenda to strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity measures that apply to the system of local government and elections in Queensland.

Following further consultation with the local government sector, in November 2019 the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to the Queensland Legislative Assembly. The Bill includes amendments relating to state elections, Ministerial conduct and conduct in local government.

The Bill was referred to the Economics and Governance Committee, which conducted an inquiry and reported back to the Legislative Assembly on 7 February 2020.

Objectives

Objectives of the local government amendments in the Bill include:

  • responding to feedback from the local government sector on conflict of interest requirements and registers of interests
  • reforms to align local government with election requirements applying to state Members of Parliament.

Reforms under consideration

Proposed local government reforms introduced to Parliament include:

  • new register of interest provisions
  • new and clarified conflict of interest requirements
  • a system for regulating political advisors
  • provisions relating to the dissolution of a local government and administrators
  • changes for filling councillor and mayor vacancies.

In addition to the Bill, there are also a number of future regulatory amendments proposed to improve the transparency of council meetings.

Information papers

Read the Accountability and Integrity Bill information paper (PDF, 262KB) with a detailed summary of local government reforms in the Bill.

You can also read the Informal meetings information paper (PDF, 199KB).

You can also download the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill fact sheet (PDF, 415KB).

For more information

For more information you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also phone the dedicated hotline on 07 3452 6747 between the hours of 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

The department aims to respond to any questions within two business days.