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Local Government - Council Member Essentials

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) has selected South Metropolitan TAFE as an approved training provider for the development and delivery of the Council Member Essentials course for elected members. 

Council Member Essentials is a five unit training program that local government council members are required to complete within 12 months of being elected. The purpose of the training is to provide practical information that will help you become familiar with the skills, knowledge and responsibilities of your role as a councillor. The course outlines information you will need to know about the way Local Government works in Western Australia under the Local Government Act 1995 and explains in simple terms important information to assist you in the performance of your duties as a councillor. 

 

Recommended Completion Pathway

  • Understanding Local Government (pre requisite)
  • Serving on Council
  • Meeting Procedures
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets

 

Enrolment options

If you are ready to enrol you can: 

Save time by completing the enrolment webform by clicking on the enrol now button and one of our staff will call you to finalise payment. 

Or call us on 1800 001 001 to enrol and pay over the phone.

 

Are you representing a group of councillors at one organisation? If you would like to organise a group training session where one of our lecturers comes to you, please complete the enrolment webform by clicking on the enrol now button and a member of our staff will contact you.

 

 

Council Members Essentials Training Program 

 

Unit Face to face delivery Online
Understanding Local Government  S0115P: $450.00 S0110P: $250.00
Serving on Council S0116P: $800.00 S0111P: $440.00
Meeting Procedures S0117P: $450.00 S0113P: $250.00
Conflicts of Interest S0118P: $450.00 S0112P: $250.00
Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets S0119P: $450.00 S0114P: $250.00

 

Understanding Local Government

The Understanding Local Government unit provides participants with:

  • An understanding of the composition, structure and operational functions of Government in Australia, and in particular Western Australian Local Government.
  • An overview of local government roles and functions in Western Australia
  • Explains how local government fits into the overall structure of government in Australia.

Course Code and Fees*

  • S0115P face to face - $450.00
  • S0111P online  - $250.00

*fees are all inclusive of course materials, assessment, Certificate of Completion and catering for face to face workshop at one of our campuses

Available face to face 1 day at our Fremantle campus (free parking available onsite) 

Available online from October 2019 self-paced 7.5 hours - you will have 3 months from date of enrolment to complete this unit

Serving on Council

The Serving on Council unit prepares council members with:

  • The knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their roles and responsibilities in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995.
  • The operation of local government processes and procedures
  • Concepts of governance
  • The relationship between councillors and council administration staff and the need for community leadership and ethical decision making.

Course Code and Fees*

  • S0118P face to face - $800.00
  • S0113P online  - $440.00

*fees are all inclusive of course materials, assessment, Certificate of Completion and catering for face to face workshop at one of our campuses

Available face to face 1 day at our Fremantle campus (free parking available onsite) 

Available online from November 2019 self-paced 7.5 hours - you will have 3 months from date of enrolment to complete this unit

 

Conflicts of Interest

The Conflicts of Interest unit provides council members with:

  • Knowledge of how to identify potential and actual conflicts of interest and their obligations in relation to declaring interests.
  • Ethical behaviour, rules of conduct, codes of conduct and an understanding of the rules for the disclosure of gifts.
  • How a conflict of interest affects a council member’s roles and responsibilities.

Course Code and Fees*

  • S0118P face to face - $450.00
  • S0113P online  - $250.00

*fees are all inclusive of course materials, assessment, Certificate of Completion and catering for face to face workshop at one of our campuses

Available face to face 1 day at our Fremantle campus (free parking available onsite) 

Available online from November 2019 self-paced 7.5 hours - you will have 3 months from date of enrolment to complete this unit

 

Meeting Procedures

The Meeting Procedures unit provides council members with:

  • The skills and knowledge required to actively participate in council and committee meetings.
  • Knowledge of meeting procedures and high-level debating skills used to guide council decision making.

Course Code and Fees*

  • S0117P face to face - $450.00
  • S0112P online  - $250.00

*fees are all inclusive of course materials, assessment, Certificate of Completion and catering for face to face workshop at one of our campuses

Available face to face 1 day at our Fremantle campus (free parking available onsite) 

Available online from November 2019 self-paced 7.5 hours - you will have 3 months from date of enrolment to complete this unit

 

Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets

The Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets unit provides council members with:

  • The knowledge to review and interpret financial reports and budgets
  • An understanding of council’s responsibility in respect to the financial governance of the local government.
  • The linkage between Strategic Planning, Asset Management Planning and Long Term Financial Planning so participants gain an understanding of the benefits of undertaking financial forecasting and the impacts key decision making may have on the organisation’s financial health.

Course Code and Fees*

  • S0119P face to face - $450.00
  • S0114P online  - $250.00

*fees are all inclusive of course materials, assessment, Certificate of Completion and catering for face to face workshop at one of our campuses

Available face to face 1 day at our Fremantle campus (free parking available onsite) 

Available online from February 2020 self-paced 7.5 hours - you will have 3 months from date of enrolment to complete this unit

 

 

 

Page last updated November 26, 2019