Future candidates in the upcoming council elections have had to go through compulsory training to better understand their legal obligations.
The training and information session took place at Terrace Gardens Mount Isa on November 28 and was greeted with around 10 people who will likely throw their hat the ring for mayor or councillor next year.
The training is an outcome from the Belcarra Report into local government reform after several mayors in southern Queensland were caught up in corruption charges.
A spokesperson for the department of local government said these new sessions are to ensure transparency and accountability are front and centre for councils.
"This training makes sure there are suitably informed candidates, and makes sure they are running for the right reasons and they serve correctly," a spokesperson said.
"These changes will have an impact on the requirements for all candidates in the lead up to next year's elections, from compulsory training, to dedicated campaign accounts as well as tighter reporting obligations on expenditure, gifts and donations."
The department said the compulsory training is online on the department's website however these sessions allow those who may not have access to the online training to still fulfill that nomination requirement in person.
The course has 3 modules and will take about one hour to complete.
Module 1 gives an overview of obligations as a candidate.
Module 2 gives an overview of obligations as a councillor, if elected.
Module 3 is a resource library with links to a range of information about the topics in the training.
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