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As a result of the 2020 Queensland Government elections, this department has undergone a machinery of government. Read more about the new Ministerial portfolios and departmental Directors-General.

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Governance

The department manages legislation to create a framework that helps councils in Queensland deliver the best infrastructure and services for our local communities.

The department implements the legislation through information-sharing, training, providing advice and developing policies like the councillor code of conduct to grow a positive council culture of strong, accountable decision-making and financial management.

Training

Find out more about the Local Government Learning Centre and scholarships for training.

Legislation

The department administers local government legislation, including the Local Government Act 2009, City of Brisbane Act 2010 and Local Government Electoral Act 2011.

Legislation reforms

Since 2017 the Government has been delivering legislation reforms to strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity measures that apply to the system of local government in Queensland. The department also consults with stakeholders on new policy proposals.

Delegated decision-making

Councils can delegate many of their decisions so that they can focus on strategic issues, or when needed because councillors have conflicts of interest and cannot participate in decision-making.

Council local laws

Legislation empowers councils to make local laws such as on parking matters, to achieve the purpose and principles of local government.

Resources for CEOs and council officers

Find policy documents, templates, checklists and other resources to help CEOs and council employees comply legislative requirements.

For more information you can also contact your nearest regional office.

Councillor accountability and information

Read information to help mayors and councillors meet their responsibilities and deliver strong leadership for Queensland communities.

For more information you can also contact your nearest regional office.

Independent Assessor

The Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA) can investigate complaints about alleged integrity offences, misconduct and potential corrupt conduct.

Councillor Conduct Tribunal

The Councillor Conduct Tribunal is an independent body, similar to a Court, responsible for dealing with complaints of councillor misconduct referred after investigation by the Independent Assessor.

Crime and Corruption Commission

Corrupt conduct by a councillor is defined in section 15 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001, including fraud, theft, and deliberately breaching conflicts of interest requirements, and can be referred directly to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

Councillor remuneration

The Local Government Remuneration Commission is an independent body responsible for deciding the maximum amount of remuneration that can be paid to councillors (other than councillors at Brisbane City Council). It can also provide advice to the Minister for Local Government about other related matters.

Council grants to community organisations

Councils can administer grant programs to help local community organisations, but must also have a grants policy and comply with other grants legislative requirements to ensure fair and accountable decision-making.

Local government elections

Local government general elections are held every four years, and on the same date for all 77 councils across Queensland. By-elections or other processes can be used to fill councillor vacancies that occur between elections.

Queensland Local Government Grants Commission

The Commission provides recommendations to the Minister responsible for local government in Queensland on the distribution of the Commonwealth Government’s Financial Assistance Grant to local governing bodies.

More information

For more information, contact your nearest regional office within the department.

Last updated: Thursday, Apr 22, 2021