On 17 May 2018 Parliament passed the Local Government (Councillor Complaints) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018.
These amendments will provide a simpler, more streamlined system for making, investigating and determining complaints about councillor conduct in Queensland.
The changes will require Local Governments to implement new procedures for dealing with councillor conduct complaints and mandatory Code of Conduct training for councillors in the coming months.
Your local government can make local laws to deal with a broad range of issues in your community.
Matters commonly regulated by local law include:
- parking of vehicles on roads and off-street parking areas
- keeping of animals
- prohibiting or restricting nuisances and environmental hazards within the community
- licensing business operations (e.g. caravan parks, roadside vending operators and home businesses)
- use of local government controlled areas, facilities and roads.
Your local government may introduce particular local laws for various reasons - such as to protect public health and safety, meet specific community expectations, or enhance and preserve the amenity of the local government area.
If you are concerned about an issue in your community you can raise your concerns with your local government. The most effective way is to lobby your local councillor. Sometimes, your local government may decide the best solution is to develop a local law.
To find out more about how local governments can make a local law, read the legislation which provides authority for local governments to regulate matters by local law in their communities:
- Chapter 3, Part 1 of the Local Government Act 2009
- Chapter 3, Part 2 of the City of Brisbane Act 2010