Executive Certificate for Elected Members

This course is available via:

Interactive online
Remote learning tailored to your council

In-house face to face
Delivered at your council

Member calendar training
Either face-to-face or interactive online for individual participants


Learning and Development  

Phone: 02 9242 4000
[email protected]

Dates: TBA (Early 2022)

Duration: 4 days (32 hours in total)
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Price: $3,500 (LGNSW members); $7,000 (Non-members)
Location: Due to COVID-19 this course will be delivered online, via a live video link

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Being a local councillor is a complex job. To do it well, councillors need a strong understanding of their role and responsibilities together with sound knowledge of local government planning and reporting processes. 

The Executive Certificate for Elected Members course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to execute your role, enabling you to be a proactive and effective member of your council. This elected members course is designed and delivered in partnership with Local Government NSW (LGNSW) and draws on contemporary research, bringing together experts from a wide range of areas such as communication, financial reporting, and code of conduct. In addition to covering the critical content that councillors need to know, the course also provides opportunity for discussion and exchange among participants and between participants and experts.

Course content:

Councillor roles and responsibilities

  • An overview of Local Government Act 1993 as it pertains to the role of the councillor.
  • The code of conduct and meeting practice.
  • Governance and informed decision-making.

Integrated planning and reporting

  • Integrated Planning and reporting.
  • Financial governance sustainability.
  • Asset management.

Community engagement and land-use planning

  • Community engagement and social media.
  • Land use planning.
  • Understanding development assessment.

Communication and capabilities

  • Working collaboratively (communication skills).
  • State and national perspectives.
  • The councillor capability framework.

Learning outcomes

  • At the completion of the Executive Certificate for Elected Members course you will have:
  • a strong understanding of your role and responsibilities within the local government system.
  • a strong understanding of the councillor's code of conduct and how council meetings should be facilitated.
  • the ability to be an effective contributor to your council’s land use and strategic planning processes.
  • the ability to obtain the information you need to make informed decisions.
  • confidence in your communication and community engagement skills.
  • a good understanding of the development assessment process.
  • a practical plan for your continued professional development.


All participants will receive a LGNSW Certificate of Attendance and will engage in a range of discussions, problem-solving tasks and activities throughout the course that will enable assessment of their achievement of course competencies and learning outcomes.

On successful completion of the UTS assessment activities, participants will receive a UTS Executive Certificate for Elected Members. 
This can be used to apply for one subject credit towards UTS postgraduate qualifications, including the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters of Local Government.

Delivery style

This Executive Certificate for Elected Members course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

Due to COVID-19, this Executive Certificate for Elected Members course will be delivered online, via a live video link. Participants will also be provided online resources and materials to supplement these sessions.

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