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Why local government matters and what they do

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

How does local government relate to federal and state government?

The Australian Constitution does not include local councils. However, each state has a Local Government Act that sets out the rules for the formation and operation of local government.

There are three levels of government in Australia. Each carry out distinct and important roles to provide Australians with the services they need. These services may overlap in some areas. Depending on the location of your council, it may have shire, regional or city included in its title.

In Queensland, the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs administers legislation to provide for the good governance of all Queensland local governments. It ensures local governments are accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable. The department works closely with local councils and industry stakeholders to form legislation and advise on other council matters.

Each local council will also work closely with other Queensland Government departments, statutory authorities and industry stakeholders for ongoing guidance on the operations of local government: