Under the Local Authorities Act of 1902, Divisional Boards became Shire Councils, and Tambourine Division became Tambourine Shire on 31 Mar 1903. Tambourine Shire changed its name to Tamborine Shire on 14 Jan 1939.
The functions and powers of Shire Councils under the consolidated and amended Local Authorities Act 1902 included construction and maintenance of roads and streets, bridges, wharves and jetties and other public works, control of traffic, use of land and buildings for the provision of public services and amenities including fire stations, parks, libraries and other recreational, educational and civic facilities, pounds, cemeteries, dams, reservoirs and water supply infrastructure, gas and electricity works, street lighting, rubbish dumps, sewerage farms and disposal works. The Local Authorities Acts Amendment Act 1923 provided increased powers to Councils in respect to roads, buildings and subdivisions which resulted in greater control of urban planning.
Councils were empowered to create by-laws with respect to all matters within their jurisdiction, but all such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.
Shire Councils were also responsible for administering the Loan Fund and for carrying out valuations on properties for the purpose of collecting rates. Under the Valuation of Land Act 1944 the Valuer-General became the sole valuation authority.
Home Secretary 31 Mar 1903 - 5 Dec 1935
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs 5 Dec 1935 - 23 Dec 1941
Secretary for Public Works 23 Dec 1941 - 15 May 1947
Secretary for Public Works, Housing and Local Government 15 May 1947 - 9 Dec 1948
Tamborine Shire Council was abolished and included in the Shire of Beaudesert in accordance with an Order in Council dated 9 December 1948. The ruling did not take effect until the conclusion of the next local government election held at the end of May 1949.