Report No. 48, 57th Parliament - Local Government (Councillor Conduct) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023

Committee’s report

The committee tabled its Report No. 48, 57th Parliament - Local Government (Councillor Conduct) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 on Friday, 27 October 2023. The Bill was passed with amendment by the Queensland Parliament on 15 November 2023.

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About the Local government (councillor conduct) and other legislation amendment bill 2023 

On 13 September 2023, the Hon Dr Steven Miles MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympic and Paralympic Games Infrastructure introduced the Local Government (Councillor Conduct) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the State Development and Regional Industries Committee for detailed consideration. 

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The purpose of the Bill is to implement the Queensland Government’s policy in relation to certain recommendations of the State Development and Regional Industries Committee in its Report No. 28 of the 57th Parliament ‘Inquiry into the Independent Assessor and councillor conduct complaints system’. Specifically, the Bill aims to:

  • make further changes to the councillor conduct complaints system, including limiting the system’s application in relation to former councillors to those persons suspected of corrupt conduct
  • further clarify and enhance the councillor conflict of interest requirements
  • modernise local government advertising requirements
  • provide a discretion to the Electoral Commission of Queensland in relation to the recovery of local government election costs
  • make consequential amendments resulting from the change of classification for Moreton Bay Regional Council to Moreton Bay City Council
  • provide appropriate transitional arrangements for commencement of the improved councillor conduct complaints system
  • make a minor amendment to the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Act 2016 to facilitate the redevelopment of the QWB precinct by inserting a new process for creating freehold grants in respect of identified Queen’s Wharf development parcels, which avoids the need for subordinate legislation.

Call for submissions

Submissions closed on 3 October 2023. Submissions can be viewed under the ‘View Submissions' tab.

Further information

Further information including written briefings, correspondence, response to submissions, transcripts and answers to questions taken on notice are available under the Related Publications tab.


Submissions closed:3 October 2023
Public briefing:26 September 2023 - Program - Broadcast - Transcript
Public hearing(s):9 October 2023 - Program - Broadcast - Transcript
16 October 2023 - Gladstone - Transcript Proof
Report tabled:27 October 2023



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