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The Governance Advisory Service provides advice and support to Queensland councils on core governance policies, approaches and practices. 

The Governance Advisor will assist councils develop and refine core governance policies, procedures and practices to meet their individual needs.  This assistance can be as limited as a health check on the suite of policies in place or extend to the development and implementation of core governance policies and guidelines across council.

The three key aims of this two-year funded position is to support Queensland local Governments in:

  • Developing a library of key policy, reporting and monitoring systems 
  • Support the implementation of good governance (best) practices in councils of varying sizes and
  • Work with individual councils to tailor documents, train staff and assist in the implementation and consistent adoption across councils.

This isn’t a one size fits all approach, with the objective to create a suite of templates and guides to support councils and improve awareness and importance of good governance practices.

This position has been created because we know the benefits of good governance practices, policies and procedures include:

  • Building trust and confidence
  • Improving efficiency
  • Improving consistency
  • Assisting councils to be legislatively compliant
  • Improving service delivery

Want more information?

Contact the LGMA Governance Advisor, Liza Perrett, on

Phone: +61 7 3063 0688


Your Local Government Resource Library 

The Department has launched LG Central which is your Local Government Knowledge Centre. 

All tools and templates will be located on LG Central, the new 'one stop shop’ for accessing information including policies, best practice guidelines, checklists, templates, FAQs and online training.

Governance Advisory Service tools and templates can also be accessed here.

Accessing LG Central

If you don't have an account, please contact your council's CEO or Director or equivalent delegated officer to request access, then email this to

Using and navigating LG Central

To locate the material you are searching you have several options.  There are instructions within LG Central, however you can use the search bar on topic (top left corner) or you can use the icons/links to navigate to your intended location.  NB:  Most links to LG Central will most likely take you to the front page, so navigation or searching will be required.

If you cannot find what you are looking for and/or have suggestions for improved functionality, please email  You can also contact the Governance Advisor who will pass on your feedback and suggestions.

To access the Governance Advisory Service library, on the main page of LG Central, click on the Governance icon. Scroll down the page and you will find a link to the Governance Advisory Resources and Templates page. Alternatively click here.

Cost for Service

This position is funded, for two years, by the Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works, who will have a positive and encouraging role in promoting and supporting this service.

The service is offered at minimal cost to councils for those who receive direct onsite support.. 

To manage the limited resource, a methodology to prioritise interested councils has been developed.  The levels of service have been determined based on a process of acknowledging a council’s gaps and support required.  Refer to the FAQ’s for more information.

Other opportunities for collaboration are also being identified to progress associated work and other governance activities – refer to the FAQ’s Inclusions and Exclusions below for more information.

Reference Documents

Governance Forum October 2022 Powerpoint

Frequently Asked Questions:

General FAQs

Accessing the Service

Inclusions and Exclusive

Service Levels


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