WALGA’s 52756WA Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member) is the highest level of qualification that an Elected Member can obtain through WALGA Training (RTO 51992). It has been designed specifically to meet the skills and and knowledge requirements of an Elected Member’s role in Western Australia. Encompassing completion of Stages One, Two and Three of WALGA’s Learning and Development Pathway, this nationally recognised training program contains 10 units of competency that form the 52756WA Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member).

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Who Will Benefit

Suitable for Elected Members who have completed WALGA’s Elected Member Skill Set and wish to further increase their knowledge and skills to support them to perform their role as defined in the Local Government Act 1995.

Key Topics

  • Roles and responsibilities of an Elected Member
  • Statutory environment relating to declarations of interest
  • Meeting procedures and high level debating techniques
  • Understanding financial forecasting and the impacts of key decision making
  • Behaviours required as leaders of Council and prominent leaders in the community
  • Integrated planning and reporting framework and long term strategic planning requirements
  • Effective policy development and ensuing consultative processes
  • Purpose and process of town planning in Local Government
  • Importance of long-term asset infrastructure management
  • Managing the performance of a Chief Executive Officer

What is Required to Complete the Program

To gain the nationally recognised Diploma qualification, participants must complete Stages One, Two and Three of WALGA’s Learning and Development Pathway. In addition, assessment tasks must be completed by the student such as written projects and knowledge questions (examples and not limited to), generally after attending training, to demonstrate they can satisfactorily meet the requirements of the unit(s) of competency related to the training completed (see Student Handbook for further information and definitions).

Enrolment Information

Download and complete the 52756WA Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member) Registration Form by clicking the register button below and submit to training@walga.asn.au.

Diploma Fees

Schedule of Fees Price (GST exempt)
Course Fees (One Day Stage One) $475.00
Course Fees (One Day Other Stages) $525.00
Course Fee (Two Day) $900.00
Course Fee (eLearning) $195.00
Assessment Fee (per Stage)  
Stage One $675.00
Stage Two $675.00
Stage Three $1,125.00
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) (per Stage)  
Stage One $850.00
Stage Two $1,250.00
Stage Three $1,250.00


Program Name Relationship to Competency Standards
Diploma of Local Government
(Elected Member)
LGAGENE501A – Undertake councillor roles and responsibilities
  LGAGENE503 – Perform the role of an Elected Member
Duration LGAGENE302A – Contribute to effective decision making
12 days face to face and three online courses LGAGENE502A – Provide leadership within the council and community
  BSBATSIL503 – Manage conflict
  BSBMGT616 – Develop and implement strategic plans
  DLGLUP501A – Contribute to land use planning
  BSBCOM406 – Conduct work within a compliance framework
  LGADMIN527A – Manage policy development
  DLGSAM501A – Manage assets sustainably