The City of Brisbane was created on 1 Oct 1925 under the "City of Brisbane Act 1924" by the amalgamation of a number of local authorities, boards and public utilities, including:
- Cities of Brisbane and South Brisbane
- Towns of Hamilton, Ithaca, Toowong, Windsor, Sandgate, and Wynnum
- Shires of Balmoral, Belmont, Coorparoo, Enoggera, Kedron, Moggill, Sherwood, Stephens, Taringa, and Toombul and,
- Parts of the Shires of Tingalpa and Yeerongpilly .
Public utilities incorporated in the City of Brisbane included electricity supply, water supply and sewerage and tramways.
The Act conferred on Council full powers and duty to make ordinances for promoting and maintaining the peace, comfort, education, health, morals, welfare, safety, convenience, food supply, housing, trade and commerce of the city and its inhabitants. These powers and duties extended to all manner of direction and administration of the good government of the city, including, for example, public communication - roads, bridges, tunnels, ferries, subways; public places - parks, gardens, conveniences; public health - cleansing, sanitation, suppression of infectious diseases; utilities - water, light and power; public nuisances, markets, abattoirs, milk supply, disposal of the dead, sub-division of land and use and occupation of land and buildings, fire protection, pounds, noxious weeds and pests, etc. Council is responsible for levying and collecting rates and until 1944 for the valuation of land on which rating was applied, for raising of other revenue for example, through loans and for accounting of its finances in the City and other Funds. In addition to the powers conferred upon Council under the City of Brisbane Act, Council is deemed to have those powers and responsibilities of a local authority under the Local Authorities Act/Local Government Act and other legislation. Functions of Council have shifted over time, for example Council ceased supplying electricity in 1977 and a greater emphasis has been placed on economic development, environmental control and community and cultural identity.
Under the "City of Brisbane Act 2010" the Brisbane City Council (the council) is the elected body that is responsible for the good rule and local government of
Brisbane, and may make and enforce any local law that is necessary or convenient for the good rule and local government of Brisbane.
The City was initially governed by an elected Council comprising a Mayor and twenty other aldermen. In 2006, the number of Councillors representing wards had increased to 26 and Council's business is managed through a Civic Cabinet and standing committees. A Chief Executive Officer is responsible for carrying out the decisions of Council and for administration of Council business. Council's commercial services are delivered through business units including water, transport and works.
Home Secretary, 1 Oct 1925 - 5 Dec 1935
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs, 5 Dec 1935 - 10 Dec 1941
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 Local Government, 12 Aug 1957 -