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NDRRA disaster funding news

As a result of representations made by councils, the LGAQ and the QRA, the Commonwealth has provided the QRA with some clarifications that address some common questions previously raised by councils.

QCoast2100 Forum #3 coming up soon!

Don't miss this great opportunity to share knowledge and experiences. Hear from industry experts and council representatives on their CHAS journeys. Registrations close Friday, 13 October 2017.

Trading on a first

The LGAQ has appointed Paul Cranch as a Senior Trade and Investment Advisor. In a first for the LGAQ, Paul will work to improve trade and investment attraction strategies for councils and their regions.

More Works for Queensland projects announced

The Palaszczuk Government has announced the next round of projects to be funded under round two of the Works for Queensland program.

Nudging toward a solution

Behavioural economics, choice architecture, nudge theory. The lexicon of academia can sound a little daunting. Doubly so to those in local government whose work to better service their community does not allow...

Attention Councillors!

Have you registered to attend one of the four elected member training sessions at this year’s Conference? Courses will be run on 16 October, Gladstone.

LGAQ proposes limits on council election campaign spending

Such a system would also reduce or contain the costs of elections, which would make them more competitive and fairer to all who want to run for their local council.

Telecoms changes could further erode LG powers

In its submission to the Department of Communications and Arts the LGAQ have said there is little evidence to support the proposed changes presented in the telecommunications carrier and immunities consultation paper.

Making an FOI rquest to a council

Applications under the FOI Act must be made in writing to the council that holds the document/s to which access or amendment is requested.  Under the FOI Act, the council must charge an application fee, and processing charges may be payable, if the application covers documents that do not concern the "personal affairs" of the applicant.  The FOI Act specifies the time frame within which a council must decide an FOI application.

If an applicant is dissatisfied with the decision made by council they can apply to the council for internal review by a more senior officer than the original decision-maker.  If the applicant is dissatisfied with the internal review decision, or if the council does not make a decision within the required timeframe, the applicant can apply to the Office of the Information Commissioner for external review.

For more information about the operation of the FOI Act, including how to apply, and the fees and charges for "non-personal" applications, contact the Department of Justice and Attorney-General FOI Unit on:  Telephone: (07) 3239 3439 or

For further information on the FOI Act, including the meaning of "personal affairs", timeframes for making decisions under the FOI Act, contact details for FOI Co-ordinators in a range of agencies, Information Sheets on exemption provisions in the FOI Act, and how to apply for external review, go to the Office of the Information Commissioner website at:  website: 

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