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

New reforms since 2018 strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity measures that apply to the system of local government in Queensland and follow the release of the Belcarra report and other input from local government stakeholders.

Latest updates

20 August 2020

Regulation changes to improve transparency through requirements for meeting agendas, minutes and registers of interests, the ability to appoint Councillor advisors and a new code of conduct for Councillors (in effect 12 October 2020).

Read the updated information paper (PDF, 2MB) .

30 June 2020

Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2020 received assent.

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Reform background

Read about the principles, reform drivers and reports informing the local government reforms.

Reform timeline

11 December 2015 Crime and Corruption Commission report on Transparency and accountability in local government
19 March 2016 Local government elections
30 January 2017 Independent Councillor Complaints Review Panel report
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
  • a new regime for dealing with conflicts of interest.
28 June 2018 Queensland Audit Office report finalised
14 August 2018 Crime and Corruption Commission Operation Windage report released
3 December 2018 Councillor complaints framework implemented including:
  • introducing a uniform Code of Conduct for Councillors in Queensland
  • model meeting procedures for meeting behaviour
  • amendment of the publicly available Councillor conduct register
  • creation of the Office of the Independent Assessor
  • new annual report requirements.
30 October 2019 Belcarra stage 2 reforms 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
  • limits on the size of Councillor ‘discretionary’ funds and new requirement to publicise spending (regulatory amendment in effect from 30 March 2020).
24 January 2020 Crime and Corruption Commission Operation Yabber report released
26 March 2020 Temporary Regulation changes for meetings and elections during COVID-19 restrictions.
28 March 2020 Local government elections
30 June 2020 Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2020 received assent, with the majority of changes to come into effect on 12 October 2020 including:
  • changes to register of interest requirements
  • new and clarified conflict of interest requirements
  • new requirements for Councillor advisors.
20 August 2020 Local Government Legislation (Integrity) Amendment Regulation 2020 made by Governor in Council. The regulation changes improve transparency through requirements for meeting agendas and minutes, and registers of interests, ability to appoint Councillor advisors and a new code of conduct for Councillors (to come into effect on 12 October 2020).
Future regulatory reforms Regulation changes currently being considered including:
  • requirements regarding the sale of land for rates arrears
  • strengthening the requirements on the use of Council-controlled entities.

 

Resources and fact sheets

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

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Dedicated hotline

Ph: 07 3452 6747.
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