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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.

Topics covered include:

  • campaign funding and expenditure
  • election nominations
  • councillor responsibilities
  • meeting conduct.

This training must be completed by all candidates, including current mayors and councillors, before nominating for the 2020 local government elections.

If you are intending to nominate for the elections it is recommended that you complete the training early so you are well informed about your campaign obligations.

Complete the training

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 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..


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:

  • Why good record keeping is important?
  • What is a public record?
  • What are the requirements for managing records?

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.