The name of the Pine Shire Council changed to Pine Rivers Shire by proclamation on 23 May 1959. On the same date, by Order in Council, part of the Shire of Caboolture was included in the Shire of Pine, and boundaries of Division 2 and 3 of the Shire of Pine and Division 2 of the Shire of Caboolture were amended as set out in the Schedule.
Under the "Local Authorities Act 1936", the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, water, sanitation and drainage, public health services, parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, street lighting, etc.
Council also had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals and traffic. Increased powers were given to Council by subsequent local government legislation, for example, in the areas of public health, building regulation, town planning and the environment, public utilities and business undertakings.
The Council was also responsible for collecting rates, which together with endowments and loans formed its revenue base. The general powers of Council were exercised through the passing of by-laws approved by Governor-in-Council.
The Pine Rivers Shire was governed by a rate-payer elected council comprising a chairman and councillors. Under the "Local Government Act 1993", the title Chairman was replaced by Mayor. Special or general purpose committees were appointed reporting to Council. Council appointed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Chief Executive Officer.
On 15 March 2008, Pine Rivers Shire amalgamated with the Caboolture Shire and Redcliffe City to from the Moreton Bay Region.