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Councillor governance training

Online training modules are available for councillors and employees of councils on the Local Government Learning Centre. These modules provide information about accountability, decision-making and other matters to help ensure councillors and others in local government are well prepared to deliver on the needs of our communities.

Council employees who would like to request access can email or phone 3452 7148.

Modules now available:

  • Integrity Amendment Act questions and answers and other materials
  • Councillor code of conduct
  • Complaints framework
  • Financial literacy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Planning and development
  • Good decision-making
  • Registers of interests
  • Conflicts of interests
  • Meetings procedures

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Should you have any having difficulty accessing the training,  send an email to or phone 3452 7148.

Financial management training program

The department has engaged the QTC Education Program, in collaboration with the UQ Business School, to deliver a series of free and tailored financial management workshops for elected local government members. The program covers financial governance and management concepts and aims to lift performance, instil strategic thinking and raise awareness of financial management responsibilities in council.

Read more information and find workshop dates:

Training is also available for Council Officers in the areas of business cases, project management, service levels, understanding financial statements, and ratio and comparative analysis.

Read more information and find workshop dates:

Candidate election training

Changes to the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 in 2019 introduced that candidates must complete mandatory So you want to be a councillor? election training no more than six months before nominating for any election or by-election, even if you have completed the training before.

If you can’t do the training online you can email us or phone 07 3254 7148 to find out about other options.

Do the training online

Candidate training background information

Candidates were first advised about the requirement to complete the training for the March 2020 local government elections through the department’s website, the ECQ website, radio and newspaper advertising, media, social media posters, email reminders to councillors and local government stakeholders, and information sharing through local councils and other local government stakeholders.

The training was offered from 30 October 2019 to 3 March 2020. During this period, 2235 people completed the training, including 100 per cent of the 1554 candidates who nominated for the election.

The training for the 2020 elections was primarily delivered through an interactive online course. If you are interested in seeing what the training covered, you can download PDF versions of the training:

Records management webinar

The Queensland State Archives (QSA) and Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) have released Council Records: Guideline for Mayors, Councillors, CEOs and Council Employees.

Watch the webinar to find out more about:

  • Why good record keeping is important?
  • What is a public record?
  • What are the requirements for managing records?

To watch the webinar On Demand click here and follow the instructions below:

  1. On the registration page, enter your name and email address.
  2. Click the play icon to view the video On Demand (The video can’t be downloaded. However, there is no limit on the number of times it is viewed.)
  3. You can click on the information symbol (i) in bottom right corner to download the presentation slides for your reference.

Last updated: 29 Nov 2021