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08/16 Legal assistance for councillors and employees of local governments
To provide guidance to local governments about the provision of legal assistance and associated expenses for councillors and council employees.
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07/16 Local Government Borrowings for 2016-17
This Bulletin is to advise local governments of the procedure for submitting borrowing applications for 2016-17.
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06/16 Discounting of employee benefits in accordance with AASB11
This bulletin is to advise councils of the rates applicable to Commonwealth Government Securities as at 30 June 2016 for the purpose of discounting employee benefits under Accounting Standard AASB 119 Employee Benefits.
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05/16 Use of electronically assisted voting at a local government by-election
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments of recent legislative amendments to:
  • expand the definition of 'distance voter' for electronically assisted voting at a local government by-election
  • include a definition of 'voting period' for a by-election
  • approve the Electoral Commission of Queensland's (ECQ) revised 'electronically assisted voting procedures' for local government elections.
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03/16 Tropical for 2015-16
Informs local governments that a set of illustrative general purpose financial statements for Queensland councils (Tropical) for the year ending 30 June 2016 are now available.
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01/16 Annual GST Certificate for 2015-16
To remind councils they must, no later than 15 September 2016, give the Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning an official certificate stating that the local government has paid notional Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the most recently completed financial year.
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11/15 Recent changes to local government legislation
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform councils of the changes to local government legislation:
  • increase National Competition Policy (NCP) business activity thresholds by the consumer price index (CPI) for the 2016-2017 financial year
  • clarify how-to-vote card publication requirements during local government election caretaker period
  • provide for Brisbane City Council (BCC) to manage malls, including by local law
  • prescribe Redland Investment Corporation Pty Ltd and Local Government Infrastructure Services Pty Ltd as local government entities for membership eligibility of the Local Government Superannuation Scheme (LG super scheme).
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10/15 Local government Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) working capital facilities
This Bulletin is to advise local governments of the procedure for applying for new, and extensions to existing, working capital facilities provided by Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC).
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09/15 Fraud management in local government and electronic voting at local government elections
This bulletin is to inform councils of recent changes to local government legislation about the reporting of fraud and fraud management in local government and about allowing access to electronically assisted voting for particular voters.
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05/15 Local Government Borrowings for 2015-16
This bulletin is to advise local governments of the procedure for submitting borrowing applications for 2015-16.
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04/15 Discounting of Employee Benefits in accordance with AASB11
This bulletin is to advise councils of the rates applicable to Commonwealth Government Securities as at 30 June 2015 for the purpose of discounting employee benefits under Accounting Standard AASB 119 Employee Benefits.
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03/15 Tropical Council illustrative financial statements for 2014-15
Informs local governments that a set of illustrative general purpose financial statements for Queensland councils (Tropical) for the year ending 30 June 2015 are now available.
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01/15 Annual GST Certificate for 2014-15
To remind councils they must, no later than 15 September 2015, give the Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning an official certificate stating that the local government has paid notional Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the most recently completed financial year.
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09/14 Discounting of employee benefits in accordance with AASB119
The purpose of this bulletin is to advise councils of the rates applicable to Commonwealth Government Securities as at 30 June 2014 for the purpose of discounting employee benefits under the Accounting Standard AASB 119 Employee Benefits.
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08/14 Local government borrowings for 2014-2015
The purpose of this bulletin is to advise local governments of the procedure for submitting borrowing applications for 2014-2015.
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04/14 Tropical Council illustrative financial statements for 2013-14
To advise local governments that a set of Illustrative general purpose financial statements for Queensland councils (Tropical) for the year ending 30 June 2014 is available on the Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience's (the Department) website. This bulletin also notifies local governments about the changes to this year's Tropical.
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20/13 All Councillors: Changes pursuant to the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 and the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 4) 2013
To assist all councillors with legislative changes made as a result of the passing of the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 and the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 4) 2013.
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18/13 Single State Planning Policy introduced
Following consultation, the State Planning Policy has been finalised and adopted. It provides a consolidated and comprehensive view of the state's interests in land use planning and development.
 
16/13 Threshold amounts for new significant business activities for 2013-14
To advise councils of the threshold amounts for new Significant Business Activities which are to be employed to determine new type 1 or type 2 business activities for 2013-14 based on current expenditure for the 2012-13 financial year.
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15/13 Disclosure and accounting for carbon pricing: 2012-13 financial statements of local governments in Queensland
To advise local governments in Queensland about the approach to be followed in accounting for, and disclosing the effect of, carbon pricing on "heavy emitter" councils for 2012-13.
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14/13 Local government borrowings for 2013-14
To advise local governments of the procedure for submitting borrowing applications for 2013-14.
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14/12 Threshold amounts for significant business activities for 2012-13
To advise local governments of the new threshold amounts for new significant business activities which are to be employed to determine new type one or type two business activities for 2012-13 based on current expenditure for the 2011-12 financial year.
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13/13 New financial instruments note - Tropical Council illustrative financial statements for 2012-13 (Note 39)
To advise local governments that a new example financial instruments note is available for the year ending 30 June 2013 on the Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience's website.
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12/13 Financial Management (Sustainability) Guideline 2013
To advise local governments that the Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience has released its Financial Management (Sustainability) Guideline 2013.
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09/13 Systems and processes for natural disaster relief and recovery arrangements
To remind local governments of the requirement to have appropriate systems and processes in place when making a funding submission for NDRRA with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).
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09/12 Local government borrowings for 2012-2013
To advise local governments of the procedure for borrowing applications for 2012-2013.
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07/12 Repeal of live streaming meeting requirements
To notify local governments of the repeal of the live audio/visual meeting requirements for councils with a population greater than 100,000.
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05/13 Amendments to the Local Government Regulation 2012 and City of Brisbane Regulation 2012
To provide local governments with an overview of recent amendments to the Local Government Regulation 2012 and City of Brisbane Regulation 2012 which were approved by the Governor-in-Council on 31 January 2013.
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04/12 Live streaming council meetings
To notify local governments of the new live audio/visual meeting requirements for councils with a population greater than 100,000.
 
03/12 Making of regulations as a result of the deferral of the 2012 quadrennial local government elections
To notify local governments of the making of two local government regulations required as a result of the Premier's recent announcement that the Queensland state government elections would be held on 24 March 2012 and the subsequent delay of the local government elections.
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02/13 Increase in value of local law penalty unit
To advise local governments that the value of the local law penalty unit will increase to $110 effective from 1 March 2013 for most local governments.
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02/12 2012 Local Government Quadrennial Elections - election timetable
To notify local governments of the revised dates relating to the 2012 Local Government Quadrennial Elections following the announcement by the Premier that the Queensland State Government Elections will be held on 24 March 2012.
 
01/12 Major policy decisions relating to the restoration of essential public assets during the local government caretaker period
To advise local governments of special arrangements put in place by the Honourable Paul Lucas MP, Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister for State to ensure that any work on approved Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) relief measures under the Natural Disaster Relief Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding program, that fall within the definition of a major policy decision, can continue during the local government caretaker period.
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