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

For bulletins published prior to 2014 view our archived Local Government Bulletins. For superseded bulletins, contact the department.

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06/15 Local government controlled entities
This bulletin is to ensure that local governments are aware that the Minister for Local Government is required to advise both the Treasurer and the Auditor-General of Queensland when a controlled entity is established or abolished.
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05/15 Local Government Borrowings for 2015-16
This Bulletin is to advise local governments of the procedure for submitting borrowing applications for 2015-16.
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04/15 Discounting of Employee Benefits in accordance with AASB11
This Bulletin is to advise councils of the rates applicable to Commonwealth Government Securities as at 30 June 2015 for the purpose of discounting employee benefits under Accounting Standard AASB 119 Employee Benefits.
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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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