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Rural and Remote Councils Compact and Committee

Rural and Remote Councils Compact

At the 2020 State election, the Queensland Government committed to finalising a Rural and Remote Councils Compact to support the Queensland Government and smaller councils working together to address the challenges facing rural and remote communities.

The Rural and Remote Councils Compact between the Queensland Government and Local Government in Queensland ( 5.4 MB)(the Compact), was signed by the former Deputy Premier, the Honourable Steven Miles MP and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) on 25 June 2021.

The Compact promotes enhanced engagement with rural and remote councils to ensure the government’s legislation, policies and programs take account of the unique circumstances of their communities.

The compact is a sub-agreement to An agreement for the partnership and relationship between the State of Queensland and Local Government in Queensland 2023 ( 911.1 KB), also known as the Partners in Government Agreement.

Rural and Remote Councils

There are 45 rural and remote councils identified by the LGAQ which are captured by the Compact.

  1. Balonne Shire Council
  2. Banana Shire Council
  3. Barcaldine Regional Council
  4. Barcoo Shire Council
  5. Blackall-Tambo Regional Council
  6. Boulia Shire Council
  7. Bulloo Shire Council
  8. Burdekin Shire Council
  9. Burke Shire Council
  10. Carpentaria Shire Council
  11. Cassowary Coast Regional Council
  12. Central Highlands Regional Council
  13. Charters Towers Regional Council
  14. Cloncurry Shire Council
  15. Cook Shire Council
  16. Croydon Shire Council
  17. Diamantina Shire Council
  18. Douglas Shire Council
  19. Etheridge Shire Council
  20. Flinders Shire Council
  21. Gladstone Regional Council
  22. Goondiwindi Regional Council
  23. Gympie Regional Council
  24. Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  25. Isaac Regional Council
  26. Livingstone Shire Council
  27. Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  28. Longreach Regional Council
  29. Maranoa Regional Council
  30. Mareeba Shire Council
  31. McKinlay Shire Council
  32. Mount Isa City Council
  33. Murweh Shire Council
  34. North Burnett Regional Council
  35. Paroo Shire Council
  36. Quilpie Shire Council
  37. Richmond Shire Council
  38. Scenic Rim Regional Council
  39. Somerset Regional Council
  40. South Burnett Regional Council
  41. Southern Downs Regional Council
  42. Tablelands Regional Council
  43. Western Downs Regional Council
  44. Whitsunday Regional Council
  45. Winton Shire Council

Rural and Remote Councils Policy and Legislation Committee

A key feature of the Compact is the Rural and Remote Councils Policy and Legislation Committee, which brings together senior representatives of Government, the LGAQ and nominated mayors and councillors representing councils.

This Committee meets quarterly and provides a regular forum to develop solutions to promote the liveability and long-term sustainability of communities.

Under the Compact there is a requirement for the Committee to develop an annual update on outcomes of the Committee’s work for Government’s consideration and publication.

Contact us

For more information about the Compact or the Committee, please contact the Committee Secretariat at

Last updated: 17 Jan 2024