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The Queensland Government is pursuing a rolling reform agenda in the local government sector.

New reforms since October 2017 address issues of integrity and accountability in local government, and follow the release of the Belcarra report and other input from local government stakeholders.

The reforms further strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity measures that apply to the system of local government in Queensland.

Latest updates

30 October 2019 So you want to be a councillor? candidate training is now available and must be completed by all 2020 local government election candidates.

Complete the training online.

Book a face-to-face training session.

16 October 2019 Parliament has now passed the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019.

Read about the stage 2 reforms or listen to the podcast.

Read the information paper (PDF, 192KB) with a summary of stage 2 reforms.

 

Important notes for candidates

It is compulsory for all candidates to complete So you want to be a councillor? training. This includes any candidates who are currently, or have previously been, a councillor or mayor.

Election candidates for 2020 now need to keep records of all election expenditure from 1 May 2019, in addition to keeping records of gifts and donations during the disclosure period.

If you have previously been a candidate for a local government election within the past five years, your disclosure period starts 30 days after your last election or by-election. If you are a first-time candidate, your disclosure period starts on the day you first publicly announce you are intending to be a candidate. The disclosure period for all candidates ends 30 days after the election.

Reform timeline

19 March 2016 Local government elections
4 October 2017 Crime and Corruption Commission Operation Belcarra report released
21 May 2018 Belcarra stage 1 reforms including:
  • prohibition of donations from property developers
  • new regime for dealing with conflicts of interest.
28 June 2018 Queensland Audit Office report finalised
3 December 2018 Councillor complaints framework implemented including:
16 October 2019 Belcarra stage 2 reforms passed by Parliament including:
  • mandatory So you want to be a councillor? candidate training
  • transparent candidate bank accounts
  • changes to how a budget is presented to councillors
  • expanded councillor rights to access information.
Future reforms Regulation changes currently being considered including:
  • limits on the size of councillor ‘discretionary’ funds and new requirement to publicise spending
  • improved transparency through changes for meeting agendas, minutes, informal meetings and closed meetings
  • councils being required to consult with the community on their budgets
  • strengthening the requirements on the use of council-controlled entities.
28 March 2020 Local government elections

 

Information paper

Read the information paper (PDF, 192KB) with a detailed summary of the new stage 2 legislated requirements.

Resources and fact sheets

View resources and fact sheets incorporating changes made as part of stage 2 reforms.

Dedicated hotline

Ph: 07 3452 6747.
The hotline is available between the hours of 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. The department will endeavour to respond to any questions within 48 hours (business days).

Email

For more information or to provide feedback on the reforms, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..