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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

Face-to-face candidate training sessions

Candidates who are unable to complete training online can contact the department to discuss alternative options. The department will also be delivering a limited number of face-to-face training sessions across the state.

Candidates can register online below, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning (07) 3452 7148.

Location

Date and time

Register

Maryborough

Maryborough RSL

14 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Maryborough

Maryborough RSL

14 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Cairns

Bolands Centre

18 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Cairns

Bolands Centre

18 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Longreach

Longreach Civic Centre

18 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Jundah

Jundah Town Hall

19 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Thursday Island

James Cook University

20 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Bedourie

Bedourie Community Centre

20 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Brisbane north

Albany Creek Tavern

20 November 2019, 9.30am-12 noon

*Session for current councillors only

Register

Brisbane north

Albany Creek Tavern

20 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Brisbane north

Albany Creek Tavern

20 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Napranum

PCYC Napranum

21 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Boulia

Boulia Shire Community Hall

21 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Brisbane south

Springwood Tower Apartment Hotel

21 November 2019, 9.30am-12 noon

*Session for current councillors only

Register

Brisbane south

Springwood Tower Apartment Hotel

21 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Brisbane south

Springwood Tower Apartment Hotel

21 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Winton

Neighbourhood Training Room

22 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Toowoomba

City Golf Club

25 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Toowoomba

City Golf Club

25 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Rockhampton

Rockhampton Leagues Club

26 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Rockhampton

Rockhampton Leagues Club

26 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Townsville

Mercure Townsville

27 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Townsville

Mercure Townsville

27 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Charleville

Charleville RSL Memorial Club

27 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Mt Isa

Terrace Gardens Function Centre

28 November 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Mt Isa

Terrace Gardens Function Centre

28 November 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Mackay

Ibis Mackay Airport

4 December 2019, 2-4.30pm

Register

Mackay

Ibis Mackay Airport

4 December 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

Richmond

Location to be confirmed

5 December 2019, 6-8.30pm

Register

For more information or to ask questions about the candidate training you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the dedicated hotline on (07) 3452 7148 between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Webinar

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.