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2020 Local Government Election

Local government elections are held every four years and on the same date for all 77 councils across Queensland. The next elections will be held on Saturday 28 March 2020.

By becoming a councillor, or even just running for election, you can make a positive difference to your local community.

Candidate nominations will open with the Notice of Election on Saturday 22 February 2020 and close at midday on Tuesday 3 March 2020.

For information please visit the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) Website.

  • Training for candidates

    The Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs has launched So you want to be a councillor? training for candidates for the 2020 Local Government elections.

    The Queensland Government’s recent reforms amending the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 introduced the requirement for this training to be completed by all candidates (including existing councillors) before they lodge their nomination with the Electoral Commission Queensland.

    The online training takes around one hour to complete and candidates are encouraged to complete it early so they are aware of their obligations.

    Although many concepts within the modules will be familiar to current councillors and mayors, the training also aligns with recent Local Government reforms and will ensure that all councillors and mayors are aware of their current and future obligations.

    Anyone can complete the free online training, including anyone still unsure whether they will nominate or members of the community who would like to know more about the role of a councillor or candidates’ election requirements.

    Those who complete the training are emailed a completion certificate, which candidates should keep for their records and for when nominations open.

    Candidates who cannot complete the training online can register for face-to-face training sessions being offered at a number of locations around the state, or contact the department on 3452 7148 to request a hard copy version of the training.

    Further information and resources including a So you want to be a councillor? fact sheet and a candidate campaign checklist are also available on the department’s website. 

  • Roadside election signage

    This fact sheet outlines the requirements for the location and construction of election signs on local government controlled roads that will be supported subject to an application being made to council.

    Applicants must complete this application form.

    For requirements on state controlled roads please consult this information from the Department of Transport & Main Roads.

  • Caretaker period

    Council will enter a caretaker period prior to the next quadrennial elections. During this time, certain restrictions shall apply to council, councillors and council officers to ensure the ordinary business of council continues in a responsible, transparent and legally-compliant manner in the period leading up to an election.

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