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The Department of Sate Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning has launched So you want to be a councillor? training for candidates for Local Government elections.

By becoming a councillor, or even just running for election, you can make a positive difference to your local community. Queensland’s councils need councillors and mayors that reflect the diversity of our communities.

To run for mayor or councillor at the 2024 quadrennial election, you must complete the So you want to be a Councillor course within six months of the nomination period commencing, regardless of whether you are a sitting mayor or councillor, or whether you have never been elected before.

The training can be completed face to face or online through the training portal here.

Face to Face sessions can be attended at:

  • Cairns Civic Reception Room, Council Chambers, Monday 27 November at 6pm – 8:30pm
  • Jackaroo Hotel Function Room in Mareeba, 29 November 2023 at 12pm – 2:30pm
  • Port Douglas Community Hall, 8 January 2024 at 12:30-3pm

The 2024 local government elections will include elections for mayors and councillors in each of Queensland’s 77 councils.

Election day will be on Saturday, 16 March 2024.

Candidates must declare successful completion of the training on the official nomination form. It is recommended that candidates keep a copy of the mandatory training certificate, which is received upon completion. The reference number on the certificate can be included on the nomination form as proof of completion.

Further information and resources are available on the department’s website.

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