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The Local Government Remuneration Commission (the Commission) is established under the Local Government Act 2009.

The Commission is an independent body, made up of a Chair and Casual Commissioners, appointed by the Governor in Council.

The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs provides administrative and secretariat assistance to the Commission to enable it to effectively perform its responsibilities.


Under the Act, the functions of the Commission are:

  1. to establish the categories of local governments
  2. to decide the category to which each local government belongs
  3. to decide the maximum amount of remuneration payable to the councillors in each of the categories; and
  4. another function related to the remuneration of councillors directed, in writing, by the Minister.

The categories are reviewed every four years, while the remuneration is reviewed annually. 


The decisions and activities of the Commission, including the current remuneration categories for Queensland councils, are published in the Local Government Remuneration Commission Annual Report 2019 (PDF, 1.6MB).

Previous publications

The Commission acknowledges the substantive contribution of the 2007-2018 former Tribunal/s to develop the local government remuneration schedule and category system. This work has been documented in each of the previous reports, including the established of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal in 2007 as an Independent body to determine remuneration for 72 councils in Queensland.


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