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Local government plays an important role in community governance. As a forum for local decision-making, it helps deliver the Queensland Government's priorities locally and regionally.

The following documents explain how councils fit into government in Australia, what councils do, who works for councils, and how their work is funded.

Councils' accountability to the community

Councils are accountable to you and the community. Find out about accountable and transparent local government and how to resolve issues about council decisions.

Councillors' accountability for ethical and legal behaviour

Councillors have ethical and legal responsibilities that key to fulfilling their roles. Find out what's required of councillors.

Council rates and charges

Who sets rates, how they are decided, and types of rates and charges existing in Queensland.

Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal

Facilitating tribunal determinations of remuneration to be paid to Queensland mayors, deputy mayors and councillors according to established categories.

Local government comparative information

The Queensland local government comparative information report contains comprehensive data collected annually from Queensland councils on a wide range of issues, both financial and operational. It provides councils with an opportunity to compare and contrast aspects of their financial management and service delivery with those of their peers.

The local government profile report provides a snapshot of how councils across the state performed their roles throughout the year. It uses a number of comparative indicators to illustrate how each council performed on selected activities and measures relative to other similar councils.

Local government delegations

Local governments are required to make numerous decisions every day in order to properly discharge their powers and responsibilities. To facilitate this process, local governments utilise delegations to respond more effectively to the community. Find out what delegations are allowed under the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010.

Other local government organisations

Links and contacts for local government organisations who can advise and assist you.