The LGAQ is committed to effective governance practices which reflect accountability, transparency, and professional integrity within a framework based on trust and intellectual honesty.
While less than 20% of the Association is funded by member subscriptions, the LGAQ has for the past number of years fully rebated total subscriptions to councils who are a member of both of the LGAQ’s successful self-insurance schemes – and will continue to do so for the next decade.
In short – there are no costs to ratepayers from the LGAQ operating model. The remainder of the Association’s costs are funded through business initiatives.
The LGAQ is a public company incorporated under Commonwealth Corporations Law.
As one of the oldest institutions in Queensland, it is overseen by member councils and administered by a Policy Executive, a group of mayors and councillors who are elected by their peers to represent all regions of Queensland.
- The Policy Executive has 16 members - 15 district representatives and a President - who meet six times each year.
- The LGAQ President is elected by member councils and serves a four-year term.
- The LGAQ Board consists of three Directors and is appointed by the Policy Executive and President.
Checks and balances
- The LGAQ and its subsidiary businesses are audited by the Auditor-General of Queensland.
- The committee has an independent budget and meets five times a year. A delegate of the Queensland Audit Office also attends these meetings.
- The LGAQ is a registered employer organisation, regulated by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
- It is also a public company limited by guarantee under the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
Local government in Queensland owns a few successful mutual insurance schemes.
Through a board of management, the LGAQ as a trustee oversees the administration of these schemes – and returns surpluses to participating councils each year.
It’s estimated that a collective $50 million in total funds will be distributed to member councils over the next decade.
These surplus funds offset the $4.7 million in membership collectively paid by councils to belong to the LGAQ.
Together our Board and Polcy Executive set the strategic direction of the LGAQ and our work for members.