Budget boost for Qld's corruption watchdog

Sonia Kohlbacher

The Queensland government will boost funding for the state's corruption watchdog amid heightened concern over unscrupulous practices.

An extra $7.4 million will go towards the Crime and Corruption Commission over the next four years, including an immediate $1.8 million bump to its 2018/19 budget.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's announcement in state parliament on Tuesday comes after an increase in complaints to the CCC.

"In the past three years the CCC workload in public sector corruption has increased 57 per cent, complaints have increased 17 per cent and local government sector complaints have increased by 41 per cent," she said.

"We just don't want to talk about integrity, we want to back it up."

The CCC has in recent months levelled charges against council officials from across the state, including four mayors.

A majority of those offences relate to alleged corrupt and fraudulent activity in Ipswich where the council has had two former mayors and two former CEOs charged.

On Tuesday, the state government will introduce laws giving it beefed up powers to act when councils, councillors and mayors are charged with integrity and corruption offences.

It will also debate a bill to ban developer donations to political parties, a recommendation from the CCC's Operation Belcarra report, which found widespread flouting of donation rules in the 2016 local government elections.