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On 18 June 2020 the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2020 was passed by the Queensland Legislative Assembly, with changes coming into effect on 12 October. Read more about the rolling reform agenda for the local government sector.

Councillor responsibilities

Elected Councillors in Queensland have roles and responsibilities under the Local Government Act 2009. An overview of best practice information is available to assist councillors and council staff to develop this knowledge, skills and understanding to meet responsibilities and deliver good governance.

Employee support for councillors

To ensure accountability and transparency, new legislation which will commence in October 2020 introduces requirements for councils that wish to employ councillor advisors and councillor administrative support staff to help councillors complete their duties.

Councillors' accountability for ethical and legal behaviour

Councillors must always act with integrity and conduct themselves in an appropriate, professional and ethical way that meets the obligations set out in the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010 as well as their supporting regulations.

Registers of interest forms

Councillors, chief executive officers, and senior executive employees of councils are required to disclose their financial and non-financial interests and those of persons closely related to them, using these forms. The registers of interest forms can be accessed under Statutory forms.

Statutory forms and checklists

To meet statutory requirements, Local Governments need to complete statutory forms in accordance with the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010 as well as associated regulations.

Checklists have been developed to assist Local Governments comply with a range of statutory requirements.

Fraud management in local government

Under the Local Government Regulation 2012 and the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012, local governments are required to report fraud losses, to keep written records of alleged and proven fraud-related losses to both the Auditor-General and the Minister for Local Government.

An overview of statutory requirements has been provided in order to assist local governments to effectively manage fraud management for its council.

Legal assistance and associated expenses for councillors and employees of local governments

As a result of the increasing risk of potential legal action being taken or threatened against individual council members or employees, local governments are encouraged to develop a policy covering legal assistance and associated eligible expenses for a councillor within its councillor expenses reimbursement policy. In addition, it is also recommended that local governments adopt a similar policy for council employees to cover circumstances where legal assistance is to be provided by the council.

See what local governments should take into consideration when developing an appropriate policy covering legal assistance and associated eligible expenses.