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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.

On 28 November 2019 the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to the Queensland Legislative Assembly. Read more about the rolling reform agenda for the local government sector.

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.

Other candidate training options

In November and early December 2019 face-to-face training sessions were held at 18 locations including Thursday Island, Napranum, Mt Isa, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Bedourie, Jundah, Longreach, Winton, Richmond, Rockhampton, Maryborough, Boulia, Charleville, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Logan. In 2020, face-to-face training sessions targeted to Indigenous local government areas have been held in Cherbourg, Woorabinda, Hope Vale, Wujal Wujal, Cooktown, Mornington Island, Palm Island, Mapoon, Lockhart, Doomadgee, Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama.

Candidates who did not attend a training session and are unable to complete the training online can attend an Indigenous area training session below, or discuss alternative options by phoning the department on (07) 3452 7148 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Complete the training online

Face-to-face training

Candidates can come to a face-to-face training session below, targeted to Indigenous local government areas.

No bookings are needed to attend. Please check this website to confirm final dates and times for each session closer to the session date, or phone (07) 3452 7148.



Date and times

Burketown Cancelled due to weather. Please phone (07) 3452 7148 for alternative training options.  
Yarrabah Rural Transaction Centre
207 Noble Drive
Thursday 20 February 2020
Torres Strait (Thursday Island) James Cook University
86 Victoria Parade
Thursday Island
Monday 17 February 2020
Torres Strait (Hammond Island) Hammond Island community hall Tuesday 18 February 2020
Northern Peninsula Area
Regional Council
New Mapoon hall
Adidi Street
(next to NPARC council office)
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Torres Strait (Badu Island) Badu Island community hall Thursday 20 February 2020
Torres Strait (Kubin, Moa Island) Kubin community hall
Moa Island
Monday 24 February 2020
Torres Strait (Mer Island) Mer community hall
Mer Island
Tuesday 25 February 2020
Torres Strait (Boigu Island) Boigu community hall
Boigu Island
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Torres Strait (Masig Island) Masig community hall
Masig Island
Thursday 27 February 2020
Aurukun Training Centre
Tuesday 25 February 2020

Wednesday 26 February 2020


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.