With greater community expectations and current line manager accounting responsibilities, managers are increasingly being expected to understand, interpret and explain financial issues as they pertain to their departments or sections.

Who should attend

Non Finance Managers


The "Finance for Non-Finance Managers" program will introduce non finance managers to:

  • the basics of accounting theory
  • understand the strategic allocation of financial resources
  • how to read council financial statements
  • how to effectively prepare, interpret and use unit budgets
  • understanding accounting jargon and buzz words
  • explore methods for applying financial techniques to your decisions
  • how council’s financial systems feed into the NSW Integrated Planning and Reporting framework
  • how to effectively communicate with finance and accounting departments


The facilitator will use group discussions, council case studies and local government oriented examples, to help you transfer your learning to the workplace.

Please bring copies of finacial reports you use at work and a small calculator to the session.


Narayan van de Graaff has 28 years’ experience in HR and management consulting.  For the last 16 years, he has provided training solutions to around 80 NSW councils in a very broad range of topics.

Narayan has delivered many workshops to councillors, including: Code of Conduct/Conflict of Interest, Effective Chairing and Meeting Skills, Long-term Strategic and Financial Planning, Good Governance, and Community Leadership.   He has also  delivered  workshops to managers and staff in many areas, including Performance Management, Handling Difficult People, Managing Change and Uncertainty, and Managing Time and Stress.  Narayan’s most popular workshops have been Finance for Non-Finance Managers and Effective Pricing for Fees and Charges.