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These are current bulletins produced to inform councils on a range of matters.

For bulletins published prior to 2014 view our archived Local Government Bulletins. For superseded bulletins, contact the Department.

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11/18 Changes to the Local Government Regulation 2012 to implement the new councillor complaints system

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments of amendments to the Local Government Regulation 2012 (LGR) to ensure the new councillor complaints system is fully operational on its commencement.

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10/18 Commonwealth Policy for Land Affected by Unexploded Ordnance

This purpose of this Bulletin is to inform local governments about an amended Commonwealth policy for land affected by unexploded ordnance.

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09/18 Local Government Borrowings and Working Capital Facilities 2018–19

This Bulletin is to advise Local Governments of the procedure for submitting loan borrowing and/or Working Capital Facility (WCF) applications for the 2018-19 financial year.

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08/18 Local Governments with existing Debt or intending to Borrow Submission of Financial Forecasts

This Bulletin is to advise local governments with existing debt, or intending to borrow in 2018–19, of the requirement to submit long term financial forecasts to the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) and the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.

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07/18 Discounting of employee benefits in accordance with AASB119

This bulletin is to advise local governments of the rates applicable to Commonwealth Government Bonds as at 30 June 2018 for the purpose of discounting employee benefits under Australian Accounting Standard AASB119 Employee Benefits.

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06/18 Annual GST Certificates for 2017–18

This bulletin is to remind local governments that they must, by no later than 15 September 2018, give the Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs a certificate stating that the local government has paid notional Goods and Services Tax for the 2017-18 financial year.

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05/18 Illustrative general purpose financial statements for 2017–18 (Tropical)

This bulletin is to advise local governments that a set of illustrative general purpose financial statements for Queensland councils (Tropical) for the year ending 30 June 2018 is available on the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affair’s website. This bulletin also notifies local governments about the changes to this year’s Tropical.

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04/18 Increase in the value of a penalty unit

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments that:

  • the value of a penalty unit for most offences under state legislation will increase to $130.55 effective from 1 July 2018
  • the value of a local law penalty unit for most local governments will also increase to $130.55 effective from 1 July 2018.

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03/18 Recent changes to legislation – implementation of Stage 1 of the Operation Belcarra report recommendations and automatic suspension of Councillors
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform Local Governments of legislative amendments to:
  • implement the Government’s response to recommendations 20 and 23 to 26 of the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) report Operation Belcarra: A blueprint for integrity and addressing corruption risk in Local Government (Belcarra Report)
  • provide for the automatic suspension of Councillors charged with a disqualifying offence
  • provide for additional powers of State intervention if it is in the public interest.
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02/18 Recent changes to legislation – implementation of a simpler, more streamlined system for making, investigating and determining complaints about Councillor conduct in Queensland
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform Local Governments of legislative amendments to implement the Government’s response to the Independent Councillor Complaints Review Panel’s Report Councillor Complaints Review: A fair, effective and efficient framework (the Councillor Complaints Report) to provide a simpler, more streamlined system for making, investigating and determining complaints about Councillor conduct in Queensland.

The new Councillor complaints system is anticipated to commence in December 2018.

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01/18 Recent changes to legislation - validation of rates and charges levied by local governments

This bulletin is to inform local governments of legislative amendments to retrospectively validate rates and charges levied by local governments that may not have complied with legislative requirements.

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12/17 2017–18 Local Government Borrowing Program

This bulletin is to advise local governments of:

  • the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) annual borrowing assessment (ABA) process for all local governments with existing borrowings or intending to borrow in 2017–18
  • the procedure for submitting borrowing applications for 2017-18.
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11/17 Recent changes to legislation – local government election donation disclosure requirements

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments of legislative amendments to improve transparency and accountability in respect of local government election donation disclosure requirements.

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10/17 Update on Related Party Disclosures by local government

This bulletin provides local governments with information to assist in complying with AASB 124 Related Party Disclosures.

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09/17 Discounting of employee benefits in accordance with AASB119

This bulletin is to advise councils of the rates applicable to Commonwealth Government Securities as at 30 June 2017 for the purpose of discounting employee benefits under Australian Accounting Standard AASB119 Employee Benefits.

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08/17 Recent changes to local government legislation – employee superannuation arrangements

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments of the commencement of the legislative amendments to change the arrangements for local government employee superannuation, including the introduction of choice of fund for local government employees.

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07/17 Electronic access to rating category statement

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments of legislative amendments that will allow them to give a rating category statement to a ratepayer who has consented to receive their rates notices electronically:

  • with the rates notice
  • by including the rating category statement in the rates notice
  • by giving the person electronic access to the rating category statement.
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06/17 Increase in the value of a penalty unit

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments that:

  • the value of a penalty unit for most offences under state legislation will increase to $126.15 effective from 1 July 2017
  • the value of a local law penalty unit for most local governments will also increase to $126.15 effective from 1 July 2017.
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05/17 Tropical for 2016–17
This bulletin informs local governments that a set of illustrative general purpose financial statements for Queensland councils (Tropical) for the year ending 30 June 2017 are now available.
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04/17 General approval to provide an indemnity
This bulletin is to advise that the Treasurer has granted a general approval for local governments to provide an indemnity.
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03/17 Annual GST Certificate for 2016–17
This bulletin is to remind councils that they must, no later than 15 September 2017, 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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02/17 Recent changes to local government legislation – employee superannuation arrangements
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments of legislative amendments to change the arrangements for local government employee superannuation, including the introduction of choice of fund for local government employees.
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01/17 Auction notices for the sale of land for unpaid rates
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information to local governments regarding the inclusion of a landowner’s name on auction notices for the sale of land for unpaid rates.
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11/16 Recent changes to local government legislation
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform councils of the changes to the local government legislation to extend the timeframe for a local government to adopt a lesser amount of remuneration payable to its councillors.
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10/16 Fraud alert
This bulletin is designed to assist councils in dealing with serious fraud threats such as those that have recently impacted a number of Queensland councils.
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09/16 Recent changes to local government legislation
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform councils of legislative amendments to:
  • increase National Competition Policy (NCP) business activity thresholds by the consumer price index (CPI) for the 2017-2018 financial year
  • extend the timeframe under the Local Government Regulation 2012 for a council to adopt a lesser amount of remuneration payable to its councillors.
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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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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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04/16 Increase in the value of a penalty unit
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments that:
  • the value of a penalty unit for most offences under state legislation will increase to $121.90 effective from 1 July 2016; and
  • the value of a local law penalty unit for most local governments will also increase to $121.90 effective from 1 July 2016.
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02/16 Related party disclosures in council's general purpose financial statements
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide advice to councils in preparing its general purpose financial statements in compliance with the AASB 124 related party disclosures which is an Australian Accounting Standards (the Standards).

The Standards are set by the AASB and generally replicate international accounting standards with some changes for the not-for profit/public sector. The requirement to comply with the Standards issued by the AASB is contained in the Local Government Regulation 2012 and the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012. This requirement is consistent with state and Federal Government policy.

AASB 124 related party disclosures apply to local governments from 1 July 2016.

Local governments will have to disclose information about related party relationships, transactions, outstanding balances and commitments in their audited annual financial statements. Information will only be disclosed if transactions occur, or there are outstanding balances or commitments, between council and the related party. In addition, they must be material in size or nature, either individually or in aggregate.
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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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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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08/15 Internal Audit and Audit Committees
This bulletin is to assist councils in implementing and maintaining an efficient and effective internal audit function and audit committee to provide the council with assurance that the internal control environment is effective.
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07/15 Arrangements for the caretaker period during the 2016 Local Government Quadrennial Elections
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide advice to local governments on the limitations placed on publishing election material and making major policy decisions during the caretaker period.
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06/15 Local government controlled entities
This bulletin is to ensure that local governments are aware that the Minister for Local Government is required to advise both the Treasurer and the Auditor-General of Queensland when a controlled entity is established or abolished.
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02/15 Increase in the value of a penalty unit
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments that:
  • the value of a penalty unit for most offences under state legislation will increase to $117.80 effective from 1 July 2015; and
  • the value of a local law penalty unit for most local governments will also increase to $117.80 effective from 1 July 2015.
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13/14 Proclamation to commence certain provisions of the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2014
This bulletin is to advise local governments of:
  • the Proclamation to commence certain provisions of the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (the LGLAA 2014) on 1 January 2015
  • the amendments in the Local Government Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2014 (the Regulation).
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12/14 Professional valuation services - Standing Offer Arrangement
This bulletin provides contact details to local governments for a 'Standing Offer Arrangement' for the provision of professional valuation services. In addition, a link to valuation tools including sample engagement letters is provided.
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11/14 Local government legislation amendment bill
This bulletin is to advise local governments of the amendments contained in the Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (Bill), passed by the Legislative Assembly on 27 August 2014.
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10/14 General Purpose Financial Statements and Annual Reports
This bulletin is to remind councils of the legislative deadlines for General Purpose Financial Statements and Annual Reports. Suggestions for improving the timeliness and quality of financial statements, which were discussed at the 2013 and 2014 “Tropical” information sessions, are also presented. In addition, links to a number of useful resources have been provided.
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07/14 Indigenous local governments and entry to trust areas
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform indigenous local governments of their obligations to comply with State laws when imposing restrictions on entry to trust areas.
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06/14 Differential general rating categorisation based upon the investment nature of a property
The purpose of this bulletin is to inform local governments of amendments made to the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010 to permit local governments to decide differential rating categories for rateable land, according to whether or not the land is the principal place of residence of the owner.
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03/14 Increase in the value of a penalty unit
To inform local governments that:
  • the value of a penalty unit for most offences under state legislation will increase to $113.85 effective from 1 July 2014; and
  • the value of a local law penalty unit for most local governments will also increase to $113.85 effective from 1 July 2014.
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02/14 Registers of interests - release of new approved forms
To advise councils of the release of new approved forms relating to registers of interests.
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01/14 National Competition Policy - New threshold amounts for significant business activities and the Competitive Code of Conduct for 2014-15
To advise councils of the new thresholds to be used to determine if an activity is a 'Significant Business Activity' based on the definition under the Local Government Regulation 2012 and the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012, or a prescribed business activity when implementing the Competitive Code of Conduct.
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17/13 Local government controlled entities
To remind local governments that in order for the Minister to fulfil his obligations under the Auditor-General Act 2009, local governments are required to advise the department of any new or discontinued controlled entities.
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08/13 Approvals required for the establishment of a company
To advise local governments of the circumstances where the Treasurer's approval must be sought for the establishment of a company.
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04/13 Annual Budget - Key dates, preparation, content and adoption requirements under Local Government Act 2009 and Local Government Regulation 2012
To provide councils with an overview of the Division 3 requirements under the Local Government Regulation 2012 for the completion of the budgets starting from the 2013/14 financial year onwards.
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03/13 Key dates for the completion of the general purpose financial statements and annual reports from the 2012/13 financial year
To provide councils with an overview of the new timing requirements under the Local Government Regulation 2012 for the completion of the general purpose financial statements and the annual report from the 2012/13 financial year.
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15/12 Loans to community organisations
To advise local governments that the Treasurer has granted a general approval for local governments to provide loans to community organisations.
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08/12 Financial statements and annual report compliance checklist
To provide councils with a tool to assist in the preparation of the annual report in meeting the legislative disclosure and deadline for preparation requirements known as the 'Annual Report Checklist'.
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26/11 Circumstances where the establishment of Disaster / Community Funds create a controlled entity
To outline the circumstances which will cause a community appeal fund to be regarded as a controlled entity of the local government and therefore subject to inclusion in the annual financial statements and part of the audit process.
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21/11 Accounting for transactions related to Indigenous housing arrangements (40 year lease)
Guidance to assist local governments in determining the appropriate accounting treatment for transactions relating to Indigenous housing arrangements (40 year lease).
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20/11 Accounting for funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements
Information on how to account for funding received under the joint State and Australian Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
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18/11 Use of site valuation for financial reporting purposes
Guidance for local gocvernments concerning the use of the Department of Environment and Resource Management's (DERM) site valuations for financial reporting purposes.
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16/11 Accounting for infrastructure damaged by natural disasters
Guidance for local governments on accounting for infrastructure assets damaged by natural disasters.
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15/11 Financial arrangements requiring the Treasurer's approval
Local governments must seek the Treasurer's approval before entering into certain financial arrangements, for example, forming a company, or entering into joint ventures, partnerships or trusts.
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01/11 Local Government approval to provide unlimited indemnities to State and Commonwealth agencies for the purpose of funding agreements
Advice regarding the general approval in place for Local Governments to provide unlimited indemnities in terms of timing and amount to State and Commonwealth agencies for the purposes of funding agreements.
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