Local Government Managers Australia Queensland (LGMA Queensland) held its first meeting in Brisbane on 3 August 1950. Thirty councils were represented at this inaugural meeting which was led by Jim, Slaughter, then Chair of Brisbane City Council. That meeting resolved the formation of a Queensland Division of the Institute of Municipal Management. Following the meeting, Articles of Association were adopted and the organisation was registered.
The aims of IMM Queensland included to elevate the profession of municipal clerks (local government CEOs in today's terminology), promote the development and improvement of the profession, promote honourable practice (what today we call good governance), share information and support members. This also included:
"To provide facilities for social intercourse between members of the Institute and their friends; and
to promote good feeling and friendly intercourse amongst the members."
From that time, the Institute worked to support local government officers and achieved a range of notable successes including the introduction of a State Superannuation Scheme for local government officers, the development of a qualification for Clerks (this has since been abandoned but was of significant value to the sector for many decades), and a uniform system of accounting.
Since its commencement, LGMA Queensland has expanded its base and the range of services it provides considerably and in the past 15 years has significantly increased its capacity to support officers across the state through the provision of tailored leadership and management training - seeking to advance professionalism one officer at a time. Today, all Queensland councils are affiliated with LGMA Queensland in some way and membership is spread across the state and through many different technical areas. However, LGMA Queensland’s core purpose has not changed; and that is to support local government officers in Queensland.
LGMA Queensland has two primary areas of activity: representing the interests of members and the wider sector through lobbying and advocacy; and enhancing the professionalism of officers through the provision of education, training and information.
LGMA Queensland operates as a professional association under the Associations Incorporation Act. The Rules of Association outline the scope of LGMA Queensland activity, the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Management, criteria for membership and all reporting requirements.
The Rules of Association were last amended at the AGM on 11 September 2018.
The activities of LGMA Queensland are reported through the Annual Report each year which includes qualitative and financial assessment of the organisation’s performance over the past year.
LGMA Queensland membership is broken up into four branches in order to facilitate fellowship and ensure relevance of activity (for more information click here).
LGMA Queensland is also part of a national federation. Local Government Professionals Australia (National) is a federation of the six peak bodies supporting local government officers in each state. It provides advocacy on a national level and delivers a national congress each year.