Developing Capabilities for Elected Members

Local Government NSW has a longstanding commitment to providing professional development opportunities which support Elected Members in acquiring and maintaining the skills and knowledge needed to govern in today’s complex and diverse local government environment.

New legal requirements are currently being introduced to promote a systematic and planned approach to induction and professional development for Mayors and Councillors.

The Local Government Capability Framework provides a clear basis for councillors’ professional development, and can be used for new councillor induction, training needs analysis and preparing professional developemnt plans. Information and implementation supports can be accessed on the LGNSW website at

LGNSW has also developed PD in a Box, a free, confidential and individualised online portal for assessing the capabilities of elected members and creating a personal and professional development plan.

For more information, please download Developing Capabilities for Elected Members (PDF, 79KB).