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The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs is proposing financial management and reporting amendments to the Local Government Regulation 2012 and City of Brisbane Regulation 2012.

These amendments are part of the Department’s rolling reform agenda to strengthen the transparency, accountability and integrity of the local government system in Queensland.

The Department has undertaken an extensive consultation process to identify two key areas for further consultation at this point in time:

  • Selling land for rates arrears
  • Requirements for council-controlled entities

Policy position papers

Two policy position papers have been developed to provide detailed information on the proposed financial management and reporting amendments.

Selling land for rate arrears

Read the Policy position paper – Sale or acquisition of land for overdue rates (PDF, 66KB).

It is proposed that:

  • all land must first be offered for sale by auction, and if unsuccessful may be sold by private sale to any person, not just the highest bidder at the auction, and
  • the requirement that the land is deemed to be sold to the Local Government if it does not sell at auction or following any subsequent sale is removed.

Requirements for council-controlled entities

Read the Policy position paper – Transparency and accountability of local government controlled entities (PDF, 61KB).

It is proposed that:

  • Local Governments be required to notify the Minister when a new controlled entity is established and provide a copy of a controlled entity's governing documents when it is established or when any change is made to the documents within 14 days, and
  • the financial statements of each controlled entity are published on the Local Government's website.

Feedback welcome

The Department is seeking feedback on these policy position papers by Wednesday 15 July 2020.

To provide feedback you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07 3452 6747.