ANDREW Antoniolli has stood down from his duties as mayor as he fights seven charges of fraud. 

In a statement issued by the Ipswich City Council, Cr Antoniolli said it was "in the best interest of the city and his family".

"Following statements from Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and LGAQ president Greg Hallam late yesterday afternoon, Andrew Antoniolli has decided to stand down from his duties as Mayor of Ipswich until such time as court matters are resolved," the statement said.

"Deputy Mayor Wayne Wendt will assume the duties of Mayor during this time."

Cr Antoniolli faced internal pressure from councillors this morning to stand down.

Mr Hinchliffe will make a statement this morning, which could include dissolving the council.