Queensland local government elections are held every four years. The quadrennial elections are held for all mayors and councillors in the 77 councils across Queensland. Voting in local government elections is compulsory.
The role of a local government Councillor is a demanding one. It requires knowledge of local government systems, an interest in people and a willingness to invest time and energy in serving the needs and interests of the local community.
To support potential councillors the Department of Local Government and Planning has launched "So you want to be a councillor" - an online resource and learning tool that explains the roles and responsibilities responsibilities of a councillor and the key functions of local government in Queensland.
Mandatory training for candidates
Mandatory training was one of a number of recommendations from the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission’s ‘Operation Belcarra’ Report (2017). Mandatory training is now a provision under the Local Government Electoral Act 2011. It includes new laws about a person’s obligations as a candidate and a person’s obligations as a councillor, if elected.
The training must be successfully completed within six months before the nomination day for an election. Completion of mandatory training will be confirmed against records held by DLGRMA for each nomination accepted.
- Read more and enrol online for the mandatory So you want to be a councillor? candidate training course for the 2020 local government elections.
Guide to Local Government Act 2009
Currently, local governments in Queensland are governed by the Local Government Act 2009. The legislation aims to provide local governments with:
- a simpler, principles-based approach to legislation
- emphasis on sustainable, accountable government that uses input from the community
- greater flexibility and easier customisation with less legislative burden
- clearer roles and responsibilities for councillors.
Local Government guidelines
The following resources have been developed by the department to assist local governments in implementing the Local Government Act 2009
Local Government Directory
The Queensland Local Government Directory provides contact details and locality maps for Queensland's 73 local governments.
Local government remuneration and discipline
Legislation changes in May 2018 created a new Councillor Conduct Tribunal and Local Government Remuneration Commission.
- The Councillor Conduct Tribunal is an independent body responsible for dealing with complaints of misconduct by councillors.
- The Local Government Remuneration Commission is an independent body established under the Local Government Act 2009. Its functions include establishing the categories of local governments, deciding the category to which each local government belongs, and deciding the maximum amount of remuneration payable to the councillors in each of the categories. Councillor remuneration is reviewed annually.