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These are current bulletins produced to inform councils on a range of matters.

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03/15 Tropical Council illustrative financial statements for 2014-15
Inform local governments that a set of illustrative general purpose financial statements for Queensland councils (Tropical) for the year ending 30 June 2015 are now available.
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02/15 Increase in the value of a penalty unit
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments that:
  • the value of a penalty unit for most offences under state legislation will increase to $117.80 effective from 1 July 2015; and
  • the value of a local law penalty unit for most local governments will also increase to $117.80 effective from 1 July 2015.
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01/15 Annual GST Certificate for 2014-15
To remind councils they must, no later than 15 September 2015, give the Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning an official certificate stating that the local government has paid notional Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the most recently completed financial year.
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13/14 Proclamation to commence certain provisions of the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2014
This bulletin is to advise local governments of:
  • the Proclamation to commence certain provisions of the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (the LGLAA 2014) on 1 January 2015
  • the amendments in the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2014 (the Regulation).
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12/14 Professional valuation services - Standing Offer Arrangement
This bulletin provides contact details to local governments for a 'Standing Offer Arrangement' for the provision of professional valuation services. In addition, a link to valuation tools including sample engagement letters is provided.
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11/14 Local government legislation amendment bill
This bulletin is to advise local governments of the amendments contained in the Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (Bill), passed by the Legislative Assembly on 27 August 2014.
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10/14 General Purpose Financial Statements and Annual Reports
This bulletin is to remind councils of the legislative deadlines for General Purpose Financial Statements and Annual Reports. Suggestions for improving the timeliness and quality of financial statements, which were discussed at the 2013 and 2014 “Tropical” information sessions, are also presented. In addition, links to a number of useful resources have been provided.
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09/14 Discounting of employee benefits in accordance with AASB119
The purpose of this bulletin is to advise councils of the rates applicable to Commonwealth Government Securities as at 30 June 2014 for the purpose of discounting employee benefits under the Accounting Standard AASB 119 Employee Benefits.
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08/14 Local government borrowings for 2014-2015
The purpose of this bulletin is to advise local governments of the procedure for submitting borrowing applications for 2014-2015.
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07/14 Indigenous local governments and entry to trust areas
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform indigenous local governments of their obligations to comply with State laws when imposing restrictions on entry to trust areas.
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06/14 Differential general rating categorisation based upon the investment nature of a property
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments of amendments made to the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010 to permit local governments to decide differential rating categories for rateable land, according to whether or not the land is the principal place of residence of the owner.
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04/14 Tropical Council illustrative financial statements for 2013-14
To advise local governments that a set of Illustrative general purpose financial statements for Queensland councils (Tropical) for the year ending 30 June 2014 is available on the Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience's (the Department) website. This bulletin also notifies local governments about the changes to this year's Tropical.
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03/14 Increase in the value of a penalty unit
To inform local governments that:
  • the value of a penalty unit for most offences under state legislation will increase to $113.85 effective from 1 July 2014; and
  • the value of a local law penalty unit for most local governments will also increase to $113.85 effective from 1 July 2014.
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02/14 Registers of interests - release of new approved forms
To advise councils of the release of new approved forms relating to registers of interests.
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01/14 National Competition Policy - New threshold amounts for significant business activities and the Competitive Code of Conduct for 2014-15
To advise councils of the new thresholds to be used to determine if an activity is a 'Significant Business Activity' based on the definition under the Local Government Regulation 2012 and the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012, or a prescribed business activity when implementing the Competitive Code of Conduct.
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20/13 All Councillors: Changes pursuant to the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 and the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 4) 2013
To assist all councillors with legislative changes made as a result of the passing of the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 and the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 4) 2013.
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19/13 De-amalgamating Councils: Changes pursuant to the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 and the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 4) 2013
To assist councillors and transfer managers involved in de-amalgamation with legislative changes made as a result of the passing of the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 and the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 4) 2013.
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18/13 Single State Planning Policy introduced
Following consultation, the State Planning Policy has been finalised and adopted. It provides a consolidated and comprehensive view of the state's interests in land use planning and development.
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17/13 Local government controlled entities
To remind local governments that in order for the Minister to fulfil his obligations under the Auditor-General Act 2009, local governments are required to advise the department of any new or discontinued controlled entities.
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16/13 Threshold amounts for new significant business activities for 2013-14
To advise councils of the threshold amounts for new Significant Business Activities which are to be employed to determine new type 1 or type 2 business activities for 2013-14 based on current expenditure for the 2012-13 financial year.
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15/13 Disclosure and accounting for carbon pricing: 2012-13 financial statements of local governments in Queensland
To advise local governments in Queensland about the approach to be followed in accounting for, and disclosing the effect of, carbon pricing on "heavy emitter" councils for 2012-13.
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14/13 Local government borrowings for 2013-14
To advise local governments of the procedure for submitting borrowing applications for 2013-14.
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13/13 New financial instruments note - Tropical Council illustrative financial statements for 2012-13 (Note 39)
To advise local governments that a new example financial instruments note is available for the year ending 30 June 2013 on the Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience's website.
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12/13 Financial Management (Sustainability) Guideline 2013
To advise local governments that the Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience has released its Financial Management (Sustainability) Guideline 2013.
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09/13 Systems and processes for natural disaster relief and recovery arrangements
To remind local governments of the requirement to have appropriate systems and processes in place when making a funding submission for NDRRA with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).
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08/13 Approvals required for the establishment of a company
To advise local governments of the circumstances where the Treasurer's approval must be sought for the establishment of a company.
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05/13 Amendments to the Local Government Regulation 2012 and City of Brisbane Regulation 2012
To provide local governments with an overview of recent amendments to the Local Government Regulation 2012 and City of Brisbane Regulation 2012 which were approved by the Governor-in-Council on 31 January 2013.
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04/13 Annual Budget - Key dates, preparation, content and adoption requirements under Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012
To provide councils with an overview of the Division 3 requirements under the Local Government Regulation 2012 for the completion of the budgets starting from the 2013/14 financial year onwards.
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03/13 Key dates for the completion of the general purpose financial statements and annual reports from the 2012/13 financial year
To provide councils with an overview of the new timing requirements under the Local Government Regulation 2012 for the completion of the general purpose financial statements and the annual report from the 2012/13 financial year.
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02/13 Increase in value of local law penalty unit
To advise local governments that the value of the local law penalty unit will increase to $110 effective from 1 March 2013 for most local governments.
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15/12 Loans to community organisations
To advise local governments that the Treasurer has granted a general approval for local governments to provide loans to community organisations.
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14/12 Threshold amounts for significant business activities for 2012-13
To advise local governments of the new threshold amounts for new significant business activities which are to be employed to determine new type one or type two business activities for 2012-13 based on current expenditure for the 2011-12 financial year.
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09/12 Local government borrowings for 2012-2013
To advise local governments of the procedure for borrowing applications for 2012-2013.
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08/12 Financial statements and annual report compliance checklist
To provide councils with a tool to assist in the preparation of the annual report in meeting the legislative disclosure and deadline for preparation requirements known as the 'Annual Report Checklist'.
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07/12 Repeal of live streaming meeting requirements
To notify local governments of the repeal of the live audio/visual meeting requirements for councils with a population greater than 100,000.
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04/12 Live streaming council meetings
To notify local governments of the new live audio/visual meeting requirements for councils with a population greater than 100,000.
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03/12 Making of regulations as a result of the deferral of the 2012 quadrennial local government elections
To notify local governments of the making of two local government regulations required as a result of the Premier's recent announcement that the Queensland state government elections would be held on 24 March 2012 and the subsequent delay of the local government elections.
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02/12 2012 Local Government Quadrennial Elections - election timetable
To notify local governments of the revised dates relating to the 2012 Local Government Quadrennial Elections following the announcement by the Premier that the Queensland State Government Elections will be held on 24 March 2012.
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01/12 Major policy decisions relating to the restoration of essential public assets during the local government caretaker period
To advise local governments of special arrangements put in place by the Honourable Paul Lucas MP, Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister for State to ensure that any work on approved Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) relief measures under the Natural Disaster Relief Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding program, that fall within the definition of a major policy decision, can continue during the local government caretaker period.
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26/11 Circumstances where the establishment of Disaster / Community Funds create a controlled entity
To outline the circumstances which will cause a community appeal fund to be regarded as a controlled entity of the local government and therefore subject to inclusion in the annual financial statements and part of the audit process.
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21/11 Accounting for transactions related to Indigenous housing arrangements (40 year lease)
Guidance to assist local governments in determining the appropriate accounting treatment for transactions relating to Indigenous housing arrangements (40 year lease).
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20/11 Accounting for funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements
Information on how to account for funding received under the joint State and Australian Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
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18/11 Use of site valuation for financial reporting purposes
Guidance for local gocvernments concerning the use of the Department of Environment and Resource Management's (DERM) site valuations for financial reporting purposes.
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16/11 Accounting for infrastructure damaged by natural disasters
Guidance for local governments on accounting for infrastructure assets damaged by natural disasters.
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15/11 Financial arrangements requiring the Treasurer's approval
Local governments must seek the Treasurer's approval before entering into certain financial arrangements, for example, forming a company, or entering into joint ventures, partnerships or trusts.
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01/11 Local Government approval to provide unlimited indemnities to State and Commonwealth agencies for the purpose of funding agreements
Advice regarding the general approval in place for Local Governments to provide unlimited indemnities in terms of timing and amount to State and Commonwealth agencies for the purposes of funding agreements.
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