Understanding Local Government (eLearning)


Understanding Local Government provides council members with the relevant information they require to serve as a council member. This course 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.


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

Relationship to Competency Standard

  • LGAGENE501A - Undertake councillor roles and responsibilities


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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.