Local government elections are coming up on 28 March 2020, with candidate nominations expected to open on 22 February 2020. For a list of proposed key election dates visit the Electoral Commission of Queensland website.
Welcome to the So you want to be a councillor? candidate training course for the 2020 local government elections.
The course has 3 modules and will take about 1 hour to complete.
- Module 1 gives an overview of your obligations as a candidate.
- Module 2 gives an overview of your obligations as a councillor, if elected.
- Module 3 is a resource library with links to a range of information about the topics in the training.
Once you have completed the training you will be emailed a certificate. Please keep your certificate if you are considering nominating as a candidate for the 2020 local government elections.
Listen to a welcome message from the Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.
Some tips for navigating the course and training portal
- Click on the Queensland Government logo located in the top left of the screen to return to the portal.
- Download the course from the resources tab in the training portal. You will need to create an account prior to downloading the course.
- Don’t forget to scroll if you are using a smaller screen.
- Keep your certificate just in case you need it to nominate.
Face-to-face training sessions
Candidates who are unable to complete the training online can attend a face-to-face training session being held in Indigenous council areas in late January and February 2020.
Frequently asked questions
Registration and access
How do I access the training?
What if I’ve forgotten my password?
What personal information do I have to provide?
I don’t have access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone so how do I complete the training?
My internet connection regularly drops out, what do I do?
Will there be any face-to-face training sessions I can attend?
Who will be conducting the training?
Eligibility and nomination
How do I find out if I am eligible to become a councillor?
What do I need to do to nominate in the 2020 local government elections?
How will the Returning Officer know I have completed the training?
Who do I contact at ECQ for more information about nominating?
Where do I find a nomination form?
Why is the training mandatory for candidates?
Why is the training mandatory for sitting councillors or mayors?
Do I have to nominate for the election if I complete the training?
How long will the training take?
Does the candidate training have an exam at the end of it?
Can I save my progress and return to the training later?
What type of information is in the candidate training?
If I am unable to complete the training in time, can I still nominate?
How much does the training cost?
Will there be any face-to-face training that I can attend?
Who do I contact if I have problem logging in to the training?
Who do I contact if I have problem with the training modules?
If you require any other as sistance, please contact us using the contact details below:
T: 07 3452 7148
P: PO Box 15009, City East, Queensland 4002
The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) is available to assist electors from non-English speaking backgrounds.
The TIS website provides useful information for those wishing to use this service. Telephone 13 14 50.
The National Relay Service (NRS) is a government initiative that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment to make and receive phone calls.
This service is available to all who are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment. Telephone: 13 36 77