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.

In April 2016, an independent Councillor Complaints Review Panel (the Panel) was appointed to review the arrangements for dealing with complaints about the conduct of local government councillors and provide a report and recommendations on its findings.

The Panel provided its report and recommendations in January 2017 and the Government’s response to the recommendations was tabled in Parliament on 20 July 2017 by Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.