NRT-logo-colour-(1).jpg                              JSWA_Logo.png


Course Overview

The Certificate III in Local Government program (LGA30120) is aimed at Junior Officers or exisiting workers working in an administrative or operational role at a Local Government. The program covers the skills and knowledge on how to perform a variety of administration duties, working as part of a team, using effective communication techniques and how to offer a quality service to residents or other people from both inside and outside your Local Government. The qualification has been developed according to the requirements of the Local Government Training Package (LGA) and has been approved for delivery by the Training Accreditation Council (TAC). All learning resources have been specifically developed and contextualised for Local Governments in Western Australia.

Course Intake 5: 11 October 2023

Entry Requirement
  • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent
  • Employed as an Administration Officer for a Local Government in WA.
Pre-Requisite Nil

Course Duration
The recommended time frame to complete the Certificate III course is a duration of 12 months. Learners can opt to extend this duration to 18 months or fast track the course to complete earlier.

Delivery Location
Virtual classroom via ZOOM

Delivery Mode
This course is delivered through a blended delivery mode over four (4) study terms of 10 weeks each.
There is no training during School Holidays.

Type of Student

This program is available as a Traineeship with Federal and WA Government incentive payments for the employer. Due to recent changes to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program on 1 July 2022, it is recommended to contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider for the most up to date incentive payment information. For WA Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentives please visit For more information on how to start the registration process, please visit

The Traineeship program requires regular weekly training attendance on a Wednesday or Thursday morning during each study term via our Virtual Classroom ZOOM. Trainees will practice and apply their learning in their daily work and need to allow for 2-3 hours per week for self directed studies. Participants are supported by individual mentoring by your dedicated trainer/assessor in preparation to undertake all assessment tasks for the relevant term of study. 

Fee for Service
If you have been working in Local Government for more than 3 months full time and would like to gain a formal qualification, you can undertake this study program on a Fee for Service basis. 

Comprehensive Industry Program - For Existing Employees
Existing employees who have less than 5 years of Local Government experience will benefit greatly from this Comprehensive Industry Program. It requires participants to attend weekly virtual classroom sessions of 3 hours. The learning builds on theoretical foundations including Local Government related Acts and Regulations. Participants will practice and apply their learning in their daily work and need to allow for 2-3 hours per week for self-directed studies and assessment preparation. Participants are supported by individual mentoring by a WALGA Trainer/Assessor in preparation to undertake all assessment tasks for the relevant term of study.

Fast Track Program - For Existing Experienced Employees
The Fast Track program is recommended for participants who have 5 -10 years of experience working in Local Government. Participants will attend weekly virtual 1 hour classroom sessions during the study term, and have access to regular mentoring and support from a dedicated trainer/assessor to ensure successful completion of the study program. Participants are required to pre-read the learner guide and undertake research tasks in preparation for their weekly fast paced classroom session. In addition, an average of 2-3 hours per week is recommended to prepare for assessment tasks. Please note that applicants will be required to undertake a Pre-Enrolment Interview to establish whether or not the Fast Track Program is the appropriate study option for you.

Units of Competencies

The Certificate III in Local Government is nationally recognised within the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and consists of 12 Units of Competency (UoC), four (4) core and eight (8) 
elective units.
Term 1
LGACOR001 Work in local government
BSBXCM301 Engage in workplace communication
BSBOPS203 Deliver a service to customers
Term 2
PSPLEG005 Comply with legislation in the public sector
BSBINS302 Organise workplace information
BSBINS309 Maintain business records
Term 3
Option A
BSBTEC301 Design and produce business documents
BSBTEC302 Design and produce spreadsheets
BSBTEC303 Create electronic presentations
- or -
Option B - Specialised Electives**
FNSACM311 Process and manage payments
BSBFIN301 Process financial records
BSBFIN302 Maintain financial records
Term 4
BSBWHS311 Assist with maintaining workplace safety
BSBSTR301 Contribute to a continuous improvement
BSBCMM411 Make presentations​

How to apply

The first step is to download and complete the Enrolment Application form

  • Click here to download an Enrolment Application Form.
  • The enrolment process will then be dependent on your situation. For example, if you are eligible for a traineeship and have access to funding under Jobs and Skills WA or if you are an exisiting worker.


Fee for Service
If you are not eligible for the Jobs and Skills WA funding or currently an exisiting worker then you will pay fee for service. 
We offer two streams of Elective Units of Competency in Term 3, depending on your selection the cost is outlined below:
Course Fee   $2950.00
RPL Fee on request

Note: Nationally Recognised Training is GST free.

Jobs and Skills WA Funding
The below fees are indicative for 2023* for those who are eligible for the Jobs and Skills WA funding.
The final fee depends on the selection of elective Unit of Competency.
Non-Concession Fee* $3.25 per nominal hour  $1430.00
Concession Fee*   $0.97 per nominal hour $426.80
School-based Traineeship**  Fee exempt 

Note: Nationally Recognised Training is GST free.

*The student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees. 
**Secondary school students are exempt from course and resource fees. Please refer to the current VET Fees and Charges Policy for further information. 


On successful completion of this course and if you have been found to be competent in relation to each of the Units of Competency you will be issued with an AQF Qualification LGA30120 - Certificate III in Local Government. If you wish to exit the program prior to completion of the course you will be issued a Statement of Attainment for successfully completed UoC. 

More information?

For further information, please contact the WALGA Training team via or ring us on 08 9213 2088. You can download a course brochure here