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On 1 May 2019 the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

The Bill has been referred to the Economics and Governance Committee who will be conducting an inquiry into the Bill. More information regarding the making of submissions, public hearings and the enquiry in general can be located on the Committee’s website.

Should the Bill be passed in due course, these reforms will apply to local governments and candidates for the 2020 local government elections. More information will be made available in due course by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs here.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Election expenditure records will need to be kept from 1 May 2019 by all candidates and groups of candidates for the 2020 local government elections if the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 is passed.

Local government general elections are held every four years. Vacancies that occur between general elections can be filled by way of by-election. The Electoral Commission of Queensland is the independent and impartial body set up to ensure free and democratic elections in Queensland, including any local government elections.

The local government general elections and by-elections are run by a returning officer who responsible for the proper conduct of an election.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland will appoint a returning officer for each local government election.

The last local government general election was held on Saturday, 19 March 2016.

The next local government general election will be held on Saturday, 28 March 2020.

For more information on conducting local government elections and voting options please contact the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

So you want to be a councillor or mayor?

Anyone can stand for election as a councillor or mayor, providing you are 18 and an Australian Citizen residing in the local government area. See what you need to know before considering to stand for election as a local government candidate.

The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs conducts a series of information sessions in preparation for local government elections across Queensland, for individuals considering nominating as candidates to be Councillors and Mayors.

The intending candidates program gives prospective candidates an insight into the roles and responsibilities of councillors and offers them the opportunity to make informed decisions on whether to nominate for election.