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The Queensland Local Government Grants Commission's (the Commission) statutory powers come under sections 230-233 of the Local Government Act 2009.

The Commission provides recommendations to the Minister responsible for local government in Queensland on the distribution of the Commonwealth Government's Financial Assistance Grant to local governing bodies in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 (Commonwealth) and the national principles prescribed under the Act by the Commonwealth Minister.

It is the Commission's responsibility to ensure the distribution of the Financial Assistance Grant is based on horizontal fiscal equalisation (or relative need). The differences in each council's expenditure required for performance of functions, and the capacity to raise revenue, are taken into account. The grant allocation to the local governing body should therefore assist them to function by reasonable effort to an average standard for the state.

Under the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 (Commonwealth) only local councils and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils are eligible for funding.

Commission members

Commissioners are appointed by the Governor in Council for up to three years. The current Commission was appointed on 24 March 2019.

The Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012 requires the Commission to be comprised of six members:

  • Four persons with knowledge of local government, of which one is the Chairperson.
  • One person with knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander local government.
  • An officer of the department.


Paul Bell AM

Deputy Chair

Natalie Wilde


Deirdre Comerford

Jo Sheppard

Janelle Menzies

Cr Les Walker


The Commission's statutory powers come under the Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012. Chapter 10 of the regulation provides: Section 308 - 'What chapter 10 is about'

  • This chapter is about the way the grants commission performs its responsibilities as a Local Government Grants Commission under the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act.

Legislative links are provided below:

National principles

Please refer to national principles relating to the allocation of general purpose grants payable under Section 9 of the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 (Commonwealth) (the Act) among local governing bodies.

When is the Financial Assistance Grant paid?

How can I get a better grant?

What is the estimate of my Financial Assistance Grant for next year?

What is the difference between entitlement and cash grant?

Why is there disparity between councils regarding the allocation of funds for the Financial Assistance Grant?

What are cost adjustors and why are they used in the methodology?

What is the data collection instrument and how do I use it?