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Recent changes to legislation – local government election donation disclosure requirements

Purpose

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments of legislative amendments to improve transparency and accountability in respect of local government election donation disclosure requirements.

Details

The Local Government Electoral (Transparency and Accountability in Local Government) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (the Amendment Act), enacted on 19 May 2017, amended the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 and the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 to:

The Amendment Act and Explanatory Notes are available on the Queensland Legislation website:

Sections 10 to 24, 27, 28 and 30 of the Amendment Act commenced on 14 July 2017. The remaining sections of the Amendment Bill commenced on 19 May 2017.

The Local Government Electoral (Transparency and Accountability in Local Government) Amendment Regulation 2017 (the Amendment Regulation), made by the Governor in Council on 13 July 2017 and commenced on 14 July 2017, amended the Local Government Electoral Regulation 2012 to prescribe the timeframes for the disclosure of local government election donations and approve procedures for electronic lodgement of returns about the donations.

The Amendment Regulation and Explanatory Notes are available on the Queensland Legislation Website:

Information about the requirements for the disclosure of election donations and loans and for dedicated accounts is also available on the department’s website.

Further Information

Any further enquiries on this matter should be addressed to:

Mr Bill Hastie
Manager (Local Government Policy)
Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
P: (07) 3452 6710
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