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The Department administers the following legislation to provide for the good governance of all Queensland local governments. It ensures local governments are accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable.

Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012
This Act provides for the way in which a local government is constituted and the nature and extent of its responsibilities and powers and a system of local government in Queensland that is accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable.

City of Brisbane Act 2010 and City of Brisbane Regulation 2012
This Act provides for the way in which Brisbane City Council is constituted and the unique nature and extent of its responsibilities and powers and a system of local government in Brisbane that is accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable.

Local Government Electoral Act 2011 and Local Government Electoral Regulation 2012
This Act provides for the transparent conduct of elections of councillors of Queensland's local governments.

Key resources

Download fact sheets about local government legislation:

Local government reform

New reforms since 2018 strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity measures that apply to the system of local government in Queensland.

You can read about the rolling reform agenda in the local government sector.

Significant changes to legislation

2020 Clarifying management of councillor interests
Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2020 (July 2020) and Local Government Legislation (Integrity) Amendment Regulation 2020 (August 2020)

Read the detailed information paper (PDF, 962KB).
2020 Temporary changes for meetings and elections
Local Government Electoral (2020 Quadrennial Election) Regulation 2020 (March 2020)

Read the summary of the temporary changes (PDF, 491KB).
2019 Implementing Belcarra Stage 2
Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 and Local Government Legislation (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) Amendment Regulation 2019 (November 2019)

Read the detailed information paper (PDF, 192KB).
2019 National Competition Policy and overdue rates
Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation 2019 (July 2019)

Read the explanatory note.
2018 New councillor complaints system
Local Government (Councillor Complaints) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (May 2018) and Local Government Legislation (Councillor Complaints and Other Matters) Amendment Regulation 2018 (November 2018)

Read the detailed Local Government Bulletin.
2018 Implementing Belcarra Stage 1
Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 1 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (May 2018)

Read the detailed Local Government Bulletin.
2017 Election donation disclosures
Local Government Electoral (Transparency and Accountability in Local Government) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (May 2017) and Local Government Electoral (Transparency and Accountability in Local Government) Amendment Regulation 2017 (July 2017).

Read the detailed Local Government Bulletin.
2016 Employee superannuation arrangements
Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 (December 2016).

Read the detailed Local Government Bulletin.
2015 Fraud management
Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2015 (October 2015).

Read the detailed Local Government Bulletin.
2015 Electronic voting
Local Government Electoral Amendment (No. 1) Regulation 2015 (October 2015).

Read the detailed Local Government Bulletin.