Understanding Local Government


The Understanding Local Government course provides council members with the relevant information they require to serve as a council member. It is expected the unit provides participants with an understanding of the composition, structure and operational functions of government, and in particular Western Australian local governments.

Target Audience

Suitable for both newly elected and returning Elected Members who would like to refresh their knowledge and understanding of their role within Local Government.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, participants should be able to:

  • Understand how local government fits into the structure of government in Australia;
  • Understand the roles, functions and objectives of Western Australian local governments;
  • Distinguish between the strategic role of the council and the day to day role of the local government administration; and
  • Understand the democratic process of how councils are established.


Self-paced (approx. 2 hours online).


Enrol anytime (3 months to complete upon date of enrolment).

Course Fees

$195.00 (GST Exempt)
Unlimited participants via an eLearning Subscription. Contact us for a quote.

Relationship to Competency Standard

  • LGAGENE501A - Undertake councillor roles and responsibilities


Nationally Accredited Training Part of the Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member) eLearning Course Elected Member Training