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On 1 May 2019 the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

The Bill has been referred to the Economics and Governance Committee who will be conducting an inquiry into the Bill. More information regarding the making of submissions, public hearings and the enquiry in general can be located on the Committee’s website.

Should the Bill be passed in due course, these reforms will apply to local governments and candidates for the 2020 local government elections. More information will be made available in due course by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs here.

Election expenditure records will need to be kept from 1 May 2019 by all candidates and groups of candidates for the 2020 local government elections if the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 2 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 is passed.

When to start the nomination process

Once you have determined you are eligible to nominate for councillor or mayor you will have to go through a formal nomination process. You may need to discuss your intent to nominate with members of your family, your community and others well in advance of formal nomination.

Before nominating you will need to have six electors from your local government area to endorse your nomination as an independent candidate. Alternatively you will need to secure endorsement from a political party that is nominating candidates in your local government election. For this reason it is ideal to plan ahead.

The formal process cannot take place until the returning officer invites nominations. The Electoral Commission of Queensland provides information for candidates.

Who to contact

The returning officer for the local government election is responsible for the nomination process and proper conduct of an election.

You can find out who the returning officer is in your area by contacting the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

Your nomination must be on the approved form available from the local government and given to the returning officer after the nominations are invited for the election but before noon on the nomination day. The details can be found in sections 27–32 of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011.

Candidates can nominate for either mayor or councillor but not both as dual candidacy is not permitted.

The cost

A deposit must be paid to the returning officer at the time of your nomination. The deposit of $250 must be paid by you, the nominee, or someone on your behalf, in cash, by cheque or electronic funds transfer.

Section 39 of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 provides the details about the deposit to accompany your nomination.

More information

Contact the Electoral Commission of Queensland or visit its website for more information about the election process including:

  • nomination forms
  • the role of the local returning officer in your local government area.