Planning is an area that impacts all communities, and with ever changing requirements, can often result in complex and controversial issues for Local Governments to consider. 

Planning for growth and change needs to consider the future needs of all residents.  Whilst there are many social and economic benefits to growth, additional population places pressure on infrastructure and community facilities.  With ongoing reform and major legislative, regulatory and policy changes to the planning system in Western Australia, it is more critical than ever that Elected Members and Local Government planners alike are familiar with current processes to ensure effective decision making for their communities.

The WALGA Planning Courses offer an insight into the regulatory frameworks for both Regional and Metropolitan WA, covering topics such as the State and Local Planning Frameworks, key decision makers, structure and precinct planning, development and subdivision assessment and condition setting.  It also covers topics of emerging relevance, such as development contribution plans, tree canopy and coastal and environmental planning.

With in-depth training, decision makers will be able to better understand their capacity to influence planning processes, as well as advocate for the needs of their communities.  The WALGA Planning Courses will ensure you have the ability to effectively convey planning decisions to the community by learning the essentials and fundamentals of planning in the Western Australian context.
Planning matters are often complex, generate a great deal of interest in the community and can also be controversial. It is therefore critical that decision makers have a thorough understanding of planning processes to appropriately assess applications.
The Planning Practices - Advanced course provides a deeper understanding of a range of common planning topics that arise, to provide a more comprehensive knowledge base for decision-makers.