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Agency ID231
TitleLocal Government Department I
Agency TypeDepartment
Start Date 10/12/1941
End Date 7/12/1989
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Advice and consultation in administration of local government

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Series

Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
2723Public Works Department II 10/12/1941 1/5/1952
12Treasury Department 1/5/1952 1/7/1957
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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
1688Redcliffe Town Council 5/12/1935 10/12/1941
1268Little Liverpool Main Road Board 10/12/1941 7/8/1947
576Cleveland Shire Council 10/12/1941 9/12/1948
2490Tingalpa Shire Council 10/12/1941 9/12/1948
325Beenleigh Shire Council 10/12/1941 11/12/1948
1936Waterford Shire Council 10/12/1941 11/12/1948
1878Tamborine Shire Council 10/12/1941 31/5/1949
11690Pine Shire Council 10/12/1941 23/5/1959
11123Bowen Town Council 10/12/1941 6/2/1960
11122Wangaratta Shire Council 10/12/1941 6/2/1960
10364Brisbane And East Moreton Pests Destruction Board 10/12/1941 1/7/1961
11876Burrum Shire Council II 10/12/1941 7/12/1975
1886Thuringowa Shire Council 10/12/1941 1/12/1986
292Allora Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
296Aramac Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
299Atherton Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
308Balonne Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
11807Barcaldine Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
321Bauhinia Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
322Beaudesert Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
331Biggenden Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
343Boonah Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
247Brisbane City Council II 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
185Broadsound Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
9651Bulloo Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
363Bungil Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
6068Burdekin Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
546Burke Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
550Caboolture Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
58Cairns City Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
555Cardwell Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
557Carpentaria Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
2099Charters Towers City Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
579Cloncurry Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
603Cook Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
876Esk Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
11076Etheridge Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
887Flinders Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
889Gatton Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
891Gayndah Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
895Glengallan Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
904Gooburrum Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
11864Gympie City Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
992Ipswich City Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1000Isis Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
11224Isisford Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1006Johnstone Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1014Kilkivan Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
11205Longreach Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
6066Mackay City Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1378Maroochy Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
2341Maryborough City Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1425Moreton Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1429Mulgrave Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
10975Murilla Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1435Murweh Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1445Nebo Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
629Noosa Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1473Paroo Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1486Pioneer Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
2448Quilpie Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1745Rosenthal Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1888Tiaro Shire Council II 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1897Toowoomba City Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
6061Townsville City Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1929Wambo Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
10419Warwick City Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1613Whitsunday Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
11867Widgee Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
1951Woongarra Shire Council 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
134Laidley Shire Council II 11/12/1941 7/12/1989
1448Nerang Shire Council 23/12/1941 11/12/1948
1747Rosewood Shire Council 23/12/1941 29/1/1949
607Coomera Shire Council 23/12/1941 8/6/1949
830Diamantina Shire Council 23/12/1941 7/12/1989
1689Redland City Council 9/12/1948 7/12/1989
290Albert Shire Council 8/6/1949 1/5/1952
8842Plumbers And Drainers Board 1/1/1950 7/12/1989
7470Joint Committee (Constituted under the Sewerage and Water Supply Act 1949) 19/12/1956 7/12/1989
26Pine Rivers Shire Council 23/5/1959 7/12/1989
349Bowen Shire Council 6/2/1960 7/12/1989
1912Valuer General's Department 26/9/1963 10/3/1975
6065Mount Isa City Council 1/6/1968 7/12/1989
950Hervey Bay Shire Council 20/12/1975 10/9/1977
11877Hervey Bay Town Council 10/9/1977 18/2/1984
74Far North Queensland Joint Health Board 1/1/1979 7/12/1989
1142Logan Shire Council 1/7/1979 1/1/1981
1141Logan City Council 1/1/1981 7/12/1989
6064Hervey Bay City Council 18/2/1984 7/12/1989
8485Thuringowa City Council 1/1/1986 7/12/1989
299Atherton Shire Council 1/10/1990 1/12/1995
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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Remarks

Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1941, Vol CLVII, No 157, p 1998
Local Government Acts and Another Amendment Act of 1942
Queensland Government Gazette 1941, Vol CLVII, No 176, p. 2154
Queensland Government Gazette 1942, Vol CLIX, No 189, p. 1886
Queensland Government Gazette 1943, Vol CLX, No 129, p. 1603
Queensland Government Gazette 1947, Vol CLXVIII, No 108, p. 1512
Queensland Government Gazette 1952, Vol CLXXX, No 1, p 2-3
Queensland Government Gazette 1957, Vol CXCV, No 120, p 2078
Queensland Government Gazette 1963, Vol CCXIV, No 13, pp 273, 277
Queensland Government Gazette 1989, Vol CCXCI, No 168, p 3358
Queensland Government Gazette 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 41, p 785
Queensland Government Gazette 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, pp 2474, 2475, 2478-2479, 2492
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1953 - 1954, Vol 1, pp 57, 123
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1958 - 1959, Auditor General's Report 1957 - 1958, p 99 (163)
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1964-1965, Public Service Commissioner's Report, p. 1
Queensland Parliamentary Papers, Session of 1990-1991, No. 88, p.3
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Legislation

Establishing N/A
Abolishing N/A
Administered Albert Shire Council (Ratification of Administration) Act
Albert Shire Council Budget Adjustment Act
Brisbane Tramway Trust Act
Brisbane Tramways Act
Clean Air Act
Clean Waters Act
City of Brisbane (Variation of Refuse Contracts) Act
City of Brisbane Act
City of Brisbane Act Amendment Acts
City of Brisbane Acts and Another Act Amendment Act
City of Brisbane Town Plan Modification Act
City of Brisbane Town Planning Act
City of Brisbane Town Planning Act Amendment Acts
City of Brisbane Town Planning Act and Another Act Amendment Acts
Ipswich Market Reserve Rating Act
Local Authorities (1988 Elections Act)
Local Authorities Act
Local Authorities Elections Act
Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act
Local Government (Aboriginal Lands) Act Amendment Act
Local Government (Adjustment of Boundaries) Act
Local Government (Chinatown Mall) Act
Local Government (Chinatown Mall) Act Amendment Act
Local Government (Queen Street Mall) Act
Local Government (Rateable Value Adjustment) Acts
Local Government (Validation of Application for Redland Shire Town Planning Scheme) Act
Local Government Act
Local Government Act Amendment Acts
Local Government Act and Another Act Amendment Acts
Local Government and City of Brisbane Town Planning Acts Amendment Act
Local Government and Harbours Board (Triennial Elections) Act
Local Government Grants Commission (Ratification of Actions) Act
Local Government Grants Commission Act
Local Government Superannuation Act
Local Government Superannuation Act Amendment Act
Local Government Validation of Powers Act
Miriam Vale Shire Council Budget Enabling Act
New Farm Library Validation Act
Nundah Library Validation Act
Pictur Theatre and Films Act
Rockhampton Harbour Board and the Council of the City of Rockhampton Act
Townsville City Council (Sale of Land) Act
Tramways Act of 1882 Amendment Act
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT:
On 10 December 1941, the administration of the Local Authorities Acts and the Local Government Acts was transferred from the Health and Home Affairs Department to the Public Works Department; and on 15 December 1941, Charles Edward Chuter was appointed to the newly-created position of Director of Local Authority Affairs. This position was given legislative status within the "Local Government Acts and Another Act Amendment Act of 1942" and the name of the position changed to Director of Local Government of the State of Queensland, taking effect from 1 January 1943. Local Government was given full departmental status on 26 September 1963.

FUNCTIONS
The Director of Local Government under the "Local Government Acts and Another Act Amendment Act of 1942" was given the responsibility of administering the "Local Government Act", and the authority to make "inspections, investigations and inquiries" of local government matters as he saw fit. The Local Government Department's consultative, supervisory and regulatory role in the provision of services expanded with the development of the role of local authorities, and included:
- engineering and technical services mainly water supply, sewerage and drainage, electricity
- town planning and building matters

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE
From 1859 - 1941, local government matters were the responsibility of the Colonial Secretary, Secretary for Public Works, Home Secretary and the Secretary for Health and Home Affairs. For example:
1859 - Dec 1880 Colonial Secretary [Municipal local authorities]
1 Jan 1881 - Jul 1891 Secretary for Public Works [Divisional Boards only]
1 Jan 1881 - Jul 1891 Colonial Secretary [Municipal local authorities]
Jul 1891 - Aug 1896 Colonial Secretary [all local authorities]
Aug 1896 - 1935 Home Secretary
1935 - Dec 1941 Secretary for Health and Home Affairs

From 10 December 1941, Local Government operated as an independent agency but its status was variously described. Until 18 December 1942, the title Department of Local Authority Affairs was used in gazettal notices. It was listed as the Local Government Branch under the Department of Public Works in the Queensland Public Service List from 1946 - 1951. In the Queensland Parliamentary Papers Session of 1953 - 1954, Local Government was described as a sub-department of the Treasury Department. The Public Service Commissioner's Report for the year ended 30 June 1964, however, states that the administration of the Local Government sub-department was transferred from Works Department to the Local Government Department, and the gazettal notice of 26 September 1963 lists the Local Government Department as a responsibility of the Minister of Local Government and Conservation.

PORTFOLIO CONTROLLING:
Secretary for Public Works 10 Dec 1941 - 15 May 1947
Secretary for Public Works, Housing and Local Government 15 May 1947 - 1 May 1952
Treasurer 1 May 1952 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Public Works & Local Government 12 Aug 1957 - 26 Sep 1963
Minister for Local Government & Conservation 26 Sep 1963 - 29 May 1969
Minister for Local Government & Marine Activities 29 May 1969 - 4 Sep 1969
Minister for Local Government & Electricity 4 Sep 1969 - 23 Dec 1974
Minister for Local Government & Main Roads 23 Dec 1974 - 29 Jul 1980
Minister for Local Government, Main Roads & Police 29 Jul 1980 - 6 Dec 1982
Minister for Local Government, Main Roads & Racing 6 Dec 1982 - 9 Dec 1987
Minister for Local Government and Racing 9 Dec 1987 - 31 Aug 1989
Deputy Premier, Minister for Finance & Minister for Local Government 31 Aug 1989 - 7 Dec 1989

AGENCIES CONTROLLED:
Local Government Clerks' Board
Local Government Town Planners Board
Picture Theatre and Films Commission
Water Quality Council

ABOLITION:
On 7 December 1989, the Local Government Department was merged with the housing functions from the Public Works Department, including the Queensland Housing Commission, to form the Housing and Local Government Department.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID231, Local Government Department I
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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