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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.

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.

Anyone can stand for election as a councillor or mayor, provided you are over 18 and an Australian citizen. It does not matter if you are male or female; Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or born outside Australia. You may be a young adult, a person living with a disability, a working person or a retiree.

The Queensland Government values the contribution that diversity brings to our community and encourages anyone who wants to participate in making decisions and delivering services for the benefit of their community to stand for local government.

Information for prospective candidates in Queensland local government elections

Role of a councillor or mayor

The role of a local government councillor is a demanding one. It requires knowledge of local government legislation, policies and systems, an interest in people and a willingness to invest time and energy in serving the needs and interests of the local community.

What you need to know

If you want to stand for election as a local government candidate you should understand the respective roles and responsibilities of a councillor and mayor and the key functions of local government in Queensland.

The information provided below is designed for anyone interested in becoming a local government candidate. It is relevant to all local government elections, including quadrennial elections, and by elections.

Local government legislation

You should also be familiar with the local government legislation. The Local Government Act 2009 and the Local Government Regulation 2012 apply to all local governments in Queensland, except Brisbane City Council which comes under the City of Brisbane Act 2010 and the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012.