Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets

Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets


Elected Members encounter ongoing pressure to be fully across their Council’s financial decisions and responsibilities.

More often than not Elected Members will be urged to reduce rates, while keeping services to a high level and at the same time keep the spending down!

This course aims to provide practical understanding on how to review and interpret financial reports and budgets, as well as monitor revenue and expenditure. 

Course material will outline the linkage between Strategic Planning, Asset Management Planning and Long Term Financial Planning.
You will be able to understand and discuss the benefits of undertaking financial forecasting and see how the impacts of key decision making may have on the organisation’s financial health.

Target Audience

Targeted at both newly elected and returning Elected Members.
Increase your knowledge of financial reports and budgets and gain a greater appreciation of this important aspect of your governance role.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand basic accounting principles and concepts;
  • The roles and responsibilities of Council, Councillors, the CEO and audit committee;
  • Financial management and the strategic linkages;
  • The imposition of rates; and
  • Annual budgets and financial management reporting.


9:00am - 4:30pm


$495.00 (Incl GST) - Face-to-face at WALGA
$450.00 (Incl GST) - Virtual Classroom via Zoom
$195.00 (Incl GST) - eLearning (see course information here)

Cancellations, transfers and substitutions
  • Requested must be received in writing via email, letter or fax.
  • Cancellations received within 5 working days of the start of the course will incur a 20% administration fee of the full course cost.
  • Non-attendance or cancellations received within 2 working days of the start of the course will incur the full course fee.
  • Participants can only transfer course dates once without incurring the full fee.
  • Substitutions can be made at any time and no fee will be incurred.
Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets
  • Thursday, 9 December 2021
  • Registration from 8:30AM
  • WALGA Office
    L1/170 Railway Parade
    West Leederville
  • $495.00 (Incl GST)
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