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On 28 November 2019 the Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to the Queensland Legislative Assembly. Read more about the rolling reform agenda for the local government sector.

Councillor induction training

Following the 2020 council elections, the department will conduct training for new and continuing councillors from late April 2020.

The training will cover councillor and mayoral responsibilities under local government legislation, recent local government reforms, and some councillor skills training.

Many councils also deliver additional training for councillors.

Mandatory candidate training

Changes to the Local Government Electoral Act 2011  introduced the mandatory requirement for all candidates for council elections to complete ‘So you want to be a councillor?’ training within six months before nominating for election.

Nominations for the 2020 elections and the candidate training course are now closed.

The training for the 2020 elections was primarily delivered through an interactive online course. If you are interested in seeing what the training covered, you can download PDF versions of the training:

Candidate training background information

Candidates were advised about the requirement to complete the training through the department’s website, the ECQ website, radio and newspaper advertising, media, social media posters, email reminders to councillors and local government stakeholders, and information sharing through local councils and other local government stakeholders.

The training was offered during the period before the election nominations from 30 October 2019 to 3 March 2020. During this period, more than 2000 people completed the training.


QSA talks records management

The Queensland State Archives (QSA) and Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) have released Council Records: Guideline for Mayors, Councillors, CEOs and Council Employees.

Watch the webinar to find out more about:

  • Why good record keeping is important?
  • What is a public record?
  • What are the requirements for managing records?

To watch the webinar On Demand click here and follow the instructions below:

  1. On the registration page, enter your name and email address.
  2. Click the play icon to view the video On Demand (The video can’t be downloaded. However, there is no limit on the number of times it is viewed.)
  3. You can click on the information symbol (i) in bottom right corner to download the presentation slides for your reference.

Local Government Learning Centre

The Local Government Learning Centre is an online learning resource for Councillors, Mayors and senior management within the local government sector.

A unique email with username and password has been sent to all Councillors, Mayors and CEOs across Queensland to access the portal.

If you are having difficulty accessing the portal, email your name, contact details and issue to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively you can contact your regional office.