Understanding Local Government

Understanding Local Government


This introductory course is designed to provide newly Elected Members with relevant information that will assist them in their transition from private citizen to Councillor. It also serves as a refresher course for those Councillors wanting to update their skills and knowledge.

This course provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of Elected Members, the Local Government environment and protocols and procedures affecting the way Local Governments operate.

Note: It is recommended that you complete this course prior to any other Elected Member courses.

Target Audience

Designed for both newly elected and returning Elected Members. Refresh and develop your knowledge and understanding of your important role within Local Government.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • know how Local Government fits into the structure of government in Australia;
  • distinguish between the strategic role of the Council and the day to day role of the Administration;
  • understand the legislative environment of Local Governments; and
  • participate confidently in Council and committee meetings.


9:00am - 1:00pm (8:45am registration)


$240.00 (Incl GST) - Face-to-Face at WALGA
$195.00 (Incl GST) - Virtual Classroom via Zoom
$195.00 (Incl GST) - eLearning course (see course information here)

Additional fees apply for assessment. See the  Student Handbook for more information.

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.
Note - This course is also available via eLearning.
Understanding Local Government (Virtual Classroom)
  • Wednesday, 21 April 2021
  • Registration from 8:45AM
  • Virtual Classroom- via Zoom
  • $195.00 (Incl GST)
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Understanding Local Government (Virtual Classroom)
  • Monday, 8 November 2021
  • Login from 08:45AM
  • Virtual Classroom- via Zoom
  • $195.00 (Incl GST)
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