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On 17 May 2018 Parliament passed the Local Government (Councillor Complaints) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018.

These amendments will provide a simpler, more streamlined system for making, investigating and determining complaints about councillor conduct in Queensland.

The changes will require Local Governments to implement new procedures for dealing with councillor conduct complaints and mandatory Code of Conduct training for councillors in the coming months.

The tribunal is established by section 183 of the Local Government Act 2009.

In addition to its remuneration and discipline responsibilities, the Minister for Local Government may direct the tribunal to undertake other functions.

The tribunal performs its responsibilities in accordance with the principles outlined in section 4 of the Local Government Act, including:

  • transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest
  • delivery of effective services
  • meaningful community engagement
  • good governance
  • ethical and legal behaviour.

Councillor remuneration

The tribunal is responsible for:

  • establishing categories of local governments
  • deciding to which category each local government belongs
  • deciding the remuneration that is payable to the mayors, deputy mayors and councillors in each of those categories.

When the tribunal makes a decision about remuneration, it must prepare a remuneration schedule and publish it in the Queensland Government Gazette. The tribunal must also prepare a report and give a copy of the report and the schedule to the Minister for Local Government. View the tribunal's most recent report.

Councillor discipline

The tribunal is also responsible, under section 176 of the Local Government Act 2009, for hearing and deciding the most serious complaints of misconduct by councillors.