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Councillor governance training

Online training modules are available to councillors and employees of councils on LG Central, your Local Government Knowledge Centre.

These training modules provide information about accountability, decision-making and other responsibilities to help ensure councillors and local government staff can deliver on the needs of our communities.

Need access?

Councillor or CEO

All Councillors and CEOs will have a user licence and can visit lgcentral.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au to set up their account.

Other type of council employee

If you’re a council employee who needs access, please:

For general assistance with accessing LG Central email lgcentral@dsdilgp.qld.gov.au or phone us on 07 3452 7148.

Training modules available

Modules now available include:

  • Councillor induction training
  • Councillor participation
  • Working during a pandemic
  • Registers of Interests
  • Good decision-making
  • Acceptable request guidelines
  • Office of the Information Commissioner
  • Council meetings
  • Leading debate as a Chairperson
  • Unsuitable meeting conduct
  • Model meeting procedures
  • Best practice standing orders
  • Managing conflicts of interests in meetings
  • Majority rules
  • Indigenous council meetings guide

Financial management training program

We 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.

Financial Management in Practice for Elected 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.

Financial Sustainability Training Program for Local Government Councils

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.

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: 26 Jul 2022