Douglas Shire Council


Douglas Shire Council

The Douglas Shire Council is represented by the Mayor and four Councillors and managed by the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the Local Government Act and various other Acts and Regulations. The staff complement is approximately 160 with an annual operational budget of $35M.

The Douglas Shire Council provides the opportunity to be part of an organisation with an energetic and collaborative approach with a commitment to meeting the expectations of customers and the communities of Douglas.

The organisation offers excellent working conditions and a range of generous employee benefits including flexible working and supports and encourages our employees with training and professional development opportunities.​

About the Region

The Douglas Shire covers an area of 2,445km from north of Ellis Beach in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north.

The economy of the shire depends mainly on tourism, with 1.2 million visitors annually exploring their many natural wonders, and agriculture of sugar cane farming and processing.

Douglas is home to 11,000 residents, with most people living in Port Douglas which is a popular tourist destination, and Mossman, the administrative, service, agricultural and industrial hub of the region.