Mayors and councillors must make open, transparent decisions and ensure strong governance and accountability.
The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs has developed the below information to help mayors and councillors meet their responsibilities and deliver strong leadership for Queensland communities.
Code of conduct
The Code of conduct for councillors in Queensland sets out the values that describe the types of conduct councillors should demonstrate under each of the five local government principles, and standards of behaviour expected of councillors and mayors when carrying out their role as elected representatives.
By following the behaviours set out in the code of conduct, councillors increase public confidence in local government and council decisions.
Key resource: Code of conduct for councillors in Queensland (PDF, 160KB)
Councillor complaints framework
There are different processes to address complaints made against councillors depending on how serious the alleged conduct is. The legislation provides definitions for unsuitable meeting conduct, inappropriate conduct, misconduct and how to deal with instances of corrupt conduct.
Key resource: Councillor complaints fact sheet
Managing conflicts of interests
Any conflicts between councillors’ interests and the public interest must be managed so that the community can have confidence that councillors are making decisions for the community. You can read more about conflicts of interest legislation.
Key resource: Quick reference guide for conflicts of interests (PDF, 580KB)
Registers of interests
A register of interests is important to be able to identify material personal interests and conflicts of interest. You can read more Information about registers of interest including the statutory forms.
Key resource: Register of interest notes (PDF, 227KB)
Read about the principles of good decision-makin, including the local government principles, what it means to make good decisions, delegated decisions, informed decision-making, community consultation, objectivity and transparency.
Read about council meeting procedures, including how and when meetings are organised, how meetings are run, the chairperson’s role, meeting minutes and meeting behaviour.
Other website information
- Local government legislation and reform
- Councillor advisors and councillor administrative support staff
- Councillor remuneration
- Election responsibilities
- Guidance information and templates for developing council policies
- Council compliance checklists
- Local laws information and database
- Community grants portal
- Finance, rates and budgets
- Online councillor training
Other information sources
- Office of the Independent Assessor
- Crime and Corruption Commission
- Office of the Information Commissioner
- Queensland Integrity Commissioner
- Electoral Commission of Queensland
For more information, contact your nearest regional office within the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.
Last updated: Monday, Nov 30, 2020