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LAW3472 Local Government Law

Semester 3, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Amanda Sapolu


Pre-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201 or (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501


Local government has significant legislative powers and obligations. It is important that students gain an understanding of the role, powers and obligations of local government and the ways in which the law provides structure and accountability around the role, powers and obligations.

In this course, students will examine and understand the structure, function and powers of local government within Queensland through examination of the Local Government Act 2009 (Qld) and related legislation and case law. Students will also undertake an analysis of the legal challenges facing local government.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. understanding of the structure and role of local government in Australian government;
  2. understanding of the role of Councillors in representative government at the local level and the interplay between the executive and administrative arms of local government;
  3. understanding of the business of local government;
  4. understanding of how decisions are made at a local government level and what mechanisms exist for review of those decisions;
  5. understanding of contemporary key issues facing local government.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The Levels of Government 10.00
2. The Statutory Framework in Queensland 10.00
3. Councillors and Council Officers 20.00
4. Decision Making and Review 20.00
5. Land Use Planning 20.00
6. Key Issues in Local Government 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Problem Solving 1 No 10 1,2
Assignments Written Problem Solving 2 No 40 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Essay No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 10 February 2023