Understanding Local Government (eLearning)


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

As a result of completing 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.


  • eLearning (enrol anytime, to complete within 3 months from date of enrolment).
Course Fees
  • eLearning - $195.00 (Incl GST)
  • Unlimited participants for 12 months via an eLearning Subscription - Contact us for a quote.
  • Additional fees apply for assessment. See the  Student Handbook for more information.

It is the responsibility of the Local Government to ensure that Students who have been provided with IT hardware and software have the necessary basic skills to use the equipment provided to them, prior to enrolling into any WALGA Training online learning. This includes, but not limited to, eLearning, webinars, virtual classrooms and online assessments. WALGA Training cannot accept responsibility for Students that are unable to navigate web browsers or use software provided to them by the Local Government. Students that contact WALGA Training requesting this type of support will be referred back to the Local Government for training.