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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.

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City of Brisbane Act 2010 (PDF icon 760 KB) The purpose of this Act is to provide for the way in which the 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. On 20 November 2015, the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2015 (PDF icon 152 KB) amended the City of Brisbane Act 2010 section 92D to enable an accepted how-to-vote card to be available for inspection at the local government's public office during the caretaker period for a local government election, consistent with the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 (LGEA) section 179.

The LGEA requires accepted how-to-vote cards to be available for public inspection at the local government's public office, the place of nomination, and on the electoral commission's website.

The explanatory notes (PDF icon 201 KB) are available from the Queensland Legislation website.
City of Brisbane Regulation 2012 (PDF icon 1.15 MB) Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2015 (PDF icon 144 KB)

From 16 October 2015, the City of Brisbane Regulation (CBR) section 279A provides that:
  • Brisbane City Council (BCC) must keep written records of both alleged and proven losses arising from fraud (including money) consistent with the Queensland Audit Office's (QAO's) recommendation. At the State level, only proven losses are required to be recorded under the Financial Performance Management Standard 2009 (FPMS)
  • BCC must keep written records of material losses, other than those arising from an offence or corrupt conduct (consistent with the FPMS)
  • BCC must report, within six months, a material loss as a result of fraud to the Minister and the Auditor-General and in certain circumstances, to the police or the Crime and Corruption Commission (consistent with the QAO's recommendation and the FPMS)
  • material loss for BCC, under the CBR means:
    • for money - a loss of more than $500 (consistent with the FPMS)
    • for any other asset - given the size of BCC, the threshold for material losses for any other asset, other than money, is $5000 (consistent with the FPMS).
The explanatory notes are available from the Queensland Legislation website.

On 11 December 2015, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 2) 2015 (PDF icon 152 KB) amended the CBR to:
  • increase significant business activity and business activity thresholds by the consumer price index (CPI) for the 2016-2017 financial year. The new thresholds are: section 16(2) - $9.2m (up from $9m), section 29(1) - $325,000 (up from $318,000);
  • effective from 1 January 2016, repeal the Brisbane City Council (BCC) mall provisions to enable BCC to manage its malls, including by way of local law, consistent with the way other local governments manage malls.
The explanatory notes (PDF icon 201 KB) are available from the Queensland Legislation website.
Local Government Act 2009 (PDF icon 1 MB) The purpose of this Act is to provide 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. On 20 November 2015, the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2015 (PDF icon 152 KB) amended the Local Government Act 2009 section 90D to enable an accepted how-to-vote card to be available for inspection at the local government's public office during the caretaker period for a local government election, consistent with the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 (LGEA) section 179.

The LGEA requires accepted how-to-vote cards to be available for public inspection at the local government's public office, the place of nomination, and on the electoral commission's website.

The explanatory notes (PDF icon 201 KB) are available from the Queensland Legislation website.
Local Government (De-amalgamation Implementation) Regulation 2013 (PDF icon 387 KB)

Local Government Regulation 2012 (PDF icon 1.33 MB)
Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2015 (PDF icon 144 KB)

From 16 October 2015, the Local Government Regulation (LGR) section 307A provides that:
  • councils must keep written records of both alleged and proven losses arising from fraud (including money) consistent with the QAO's recommendation. At the State level, only proven losses are required to be recorded under the FPMS
  • councils must keep written records of material losses other than those arising from an offence or corrupt conduct (consistent with the FPMS)
  • councils must report, within six months, a material loss as a result of fraud to the Minister and the Auditor-General and in certain circumstances, to the police or the Crime and Corruption Commission (consistent with the QAO's recommendation and the FPMS)
  • material loss for all local governments (excluding BCC), under the LGR means:
    • for money – a loss of more than $500 (consistent with the FPMS)
    • for any other asset – a loss valued at more than $1000, considered appropriate as local government frauds are likely to involve amounts less than $5000 (not consistent with the FPMS).
The LGR section 307A (reporting missing local government property) is omitted as the policy intent is captured by new chapter 9 part 6 (section 307A).

The explanatory notes are available from the Queensland Legislation website.

On 11 December 2015, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 2) 2015 (PDF icon 152 KB) amended the LGR to:
  • increase significant business activity and business activity thresholds by the consumer price index (CPI) for the 2016-2017 financial year. The new thresholds are: section 19(2)(a) - $13.75m (up from $13.6m), section 19(2)(b) - $9.2m (up from $9m), section 39(1) - $325,000 (up from $318,000);
  • prescribe Redland Investment Corporation Pty Ltd and Local Government Infrastructure Services Pty Ltd as local government entities for membership eligibility of the Local Government Superannuation Scheme.
The explanatory notes (PDF icon 201 KB) are available from the Legislation website.
Local Government Electoral Act 2011 (PDF icon 903 KB) The purpose of this Act is to ensure the transparent conduct of elections of councillors of Queensland's local governments. Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2015 (PDF icon 368 KB)

The Act amends the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 to ensure a local government Chief Executive Officer (CEO) cannot be the Returning Officer (RO) for a local government election unless the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) appoints the CEO as the RO.

The explanatory notes (PDF icon 310 KB) are available from the Queensland Legislation website.

Amendments in the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2015 (PDF icon 486 KB) commenced on 6 September 2015 to make provision for the use of electronically assisted voting by electors with an impairment or an insufficient level of literacy, or if an elector cannot vote at a polling booth because of an impairment, or if an elector is a member of a class of electors prescribed under a regulation.

The amendment also inserted a new section – 75A – into the Local Government Electoral Act to provide that the ECQ may make procedures about how an elector may cast an electronically assisted vote for an election.

The explanatory notes for the amendments (PDF icon 276 KB) can be found on the Queensland Legislation website. On 20 November 2015, the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 2015 (PDF icon 152 KB) repealed the obsolete reference in the Local Government Electoral Act to mayoral first-past-the-post voting as a consequence of the change made on 1 January 2015 to the voting system for mayors in undivided local governments from first-past-the post to optional-preferential voting.

The explanatory notes (PDF icon 201 KB) are available from the Queensland Legislation website.
Local Government Electoral Regulation 2012 (PDF icon 289 KB) On 8 September 2015, the Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) made electronically assisted voting procedures for local government elections. The procedures provide for the use of electronically assisted voting at local government elections for the following persons:
  • electors who cannot vote without assistance because of impairment or an insufficient level of literacy
  • electors who cannot vote at a polling booth because of impairment
  • electors who are 'special postal voters'
  • electors who are 'distance voters'.
Accordingly, the Local Government Electoral Amendment (No. 1) Regulation 2015 (PDF icon 132 KB), which commenced on 23 October 2015, amends the Local Government Electoral Regulation 2012 to:
  • prescribe 'special postal voters', as defined in section 68(5A) of the Local Government Electoral Act (LGEA) as a class of electors who may cast an electronically assisted vote at a local government election, pursuant to section 68(5B)(c) of the LGEA
  • prescribe 'distance voters' as a class of electors who may cast an electronically assisted vote at a local government election, pursuant to section 68(5B)(c) of the LGEA
  • insert the definition 'distance voter' to mean an elector whose address, as shown on the voters roll, is more than 20km by the nearest practicable route from a polling booth
  • approve, as required under section 75A(3) of the LGEA, the electronically assisted voting procedures for local government elections made by the ECQ.
The explanatory notes (PDF icon 34 KB) are available from the Legislation website.