WALGA's Planning Improvement Program, developed in accordance with feedback received from members, highlighted that there is a priority need for the provision of high quality, tailored and accessible Town Planning education for Local Government personnel including CEOs, Executives, Elected Members and Officers.

The Local Government Town Planning training developed by WALGA has been constructed specifically to address the fundamental skills required to operate effectively in the Local Government Town Planning environment.

Town Planning Pathway website

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Town Planning
Learning and Development Pathway


  • Introduction to Planning is a free online resource that introduces the concepts of Town Planning as a core function of Local Government and is relevant to both Elected Members and Officers.


  • Land Use Planning for Elected Members will provide an understanding of what the actual purpose of planning is and how the process of planning is managed in order to meet the expectations of the community.
  • Planning Practices in Local Government for Officers will provide a broad literacy of town planning; offering a base-line understanding as a foundation for further knowledge gained through workplace experience.


  • Better Planning Decisions provides practical examples to guide Officers and Elected Members on how to formulate a good planning outcome based on a planning framework which has a strategic focus supported by sound statutory planning processes.