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Councillor induction training

Online induction training modules are now available to provide new and re-elected mayors and councillors with information about accountability, decision-making and other matters. This training will help ensure councillors and others in local government are well prepared to deliver on the needs of our communities at this important time.

Modules now available:

  • Councillor code of conduct
  • Complaints framework
  • Financial literacy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • NEW Planning and development
  • NEW Good decision-making
  • NEW Registers of interests
  • NEW Material personal interests and conflicts of interests
  • NEW Meetings procedures

Complete the training

Should you have any having difficulty accessing the training, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 3452 7148.

Resources and fact sheets

View resources and fact sheets for councillors on topics including councillor conduct.

Mandatory candidate training

Changes to the Local Government Electoral Act 2011  in 2019 introduced the mandatory requirement for all candidates for council elections and by-elections to complete ‘So you want to be a councillor?’ training within six months before nominating for election.

The training is currently closed and will be re-opened prior to any councillor by-elections.

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 from 30 October 2019 to 3 March 2020. During this period, 2235 people completed the training, including 100 per cent of the 1554 candidates who nominated for the election.


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.