Elected Member Courses

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CEO Performance Appraisal

CEOPA

This course addresses the processes, knowledge, skills and attributes required for Elected Members to contribute effectively to their Council’s annual appraisal of its Chief Executive Officer.

The course covers the legal responsibility of Elected Members to review the performance of their CEO, the planning and processes involved with the annual appraisal, assessing achievements and setting goals.

CEO Performance Appraisal (Virtual Classroom)

CEOPAVC

This course addresses the processes, knowledge, skills and attributes required for Elected Members to contribute effectively to their Council’s annual appraisal of its Chief Executive Officer.

The course covers the legal responsibility of Elected Members to review the performance of their CEO, the planning and processes involved with the annual appraisal, assessing achievements and setting goals.

Conflicts of Interest (Face to Face)

COI

As a community leader and ‘voice of the community’ you are expected to make objective, unbiased decisions on matters affecting the whole community.

As an Elected Member you have a statutory obligation to declare any interests you have, or are perceived to have, that may influence those decisions.

This valuable course outlines financial, indirect financial, proximity and impartiality interest; disclosure of interests at meetings; and the association between gifts and conflicts of interest.

It provides an overview of the statutory environment relating to declarations of interest and clarifies, through case studies, the personal responsibilities of Council Members to comply with their obligations.
 

Dealing with Conflict

DWC

This course develops the skills to manage conflict within the Council and between the Local Government and the community. This course will enable Council Members to identify common communication roadblocks, the source of conflicts within Council and develop techniques for resolving conflict situations.

The program will examine  communication strategies, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence and how to navigate through confronting and challenging situations; including how conflict can be dealt with in work and personal lives.

Dealing with Conflict (Virtual Classroom)

DWCVC

This course develops the skills to manage conflict within the Council and between the Local Government and the community. This course will enable Council Members to identify common communication roadblocks, the source of conflicts within Council and develop techniques for resolving conflict situations.
The program will examine  communication strategies, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence and how to navigate through confronting and challenging situations; including how conflict can be dealt with in work and personal lives.
 

Effective Community Leadership

ECL

This course principally explores the personal attributes needed by Elected Members to perform their role in Local Government. The course introduces leadership concepts and the behaviours required of Elected Members in their role as leaders of Council and prominent leaders in the community.

Topics covered within the course include the commitments of an Elected Member, how to interact within the community, skills to think strategically, ethics, leadership styles and how to articulate vision.

Effective Community Leadership (Virtual Classroom)

ECLVC

This course principally explores the personal attributes needed by Elected Members to perform their role in Local Government. The course introduces leadership concepts and the behaviours required of Elected Members in their role as leaders of Council and prominent leaders in the community.

Topics covered within the course include the commitments of an Elected Member, how to interact within the community, skills to think strategically, ethics, leadership styles and how to articulate vision.

Infrastructure Asset Management

IAM

The key to your Council’s financial wellbeing,
Infrastructure assets such as roads, drainage and buildings represent a significant capital cost to Local Government and these must be maintained over their life and eventually replaced.
  • Not managing infrastructure assets effectively results in:
  • poor level of service to the community (more complaints to Elected Members);
  • increase in user costs;
  • decline in economic activity (loss of people, industries, community facilities);
  • increase in maintenance costs;
  • large funding needs in the future to renew aged assets;
  • increase in personal injury and property damage incidents; and
  • increase in risk exposure and liability claims.

Infrastructure Asset Management (Virtual Classroom)

IAMVC

The key to your Council’s financial wellbeing, Infrastructure assets such as roads, drainage and buildings represent a significant capital cost to Local Government and these must be maintained over their life and eventually replaced.

Not managing infrastructure assets effectively results in:
  • poor level of service to the community (more complaints to Elected Members);
  • increase in user costs;
  • decline in economic activity (loss of people, industries, community facilities);
  • increase in maintenance costs;
  • large funding needs in the future to renew aged assets;
  • increase in personal injury and property damage incidents; and
  • increase in risk exposure and liability claims.

Meeting Procedures

MP

Participating effectively in meetings is a critical aspect of being a Council Member - meetings are said to be the ‘bread and butter’ of your role.

You will learn to analyse and interpret information, as well as gain valuable insight in how to collaborate with other Council Members to make informed strategic decisions.

This course focuses on providing comprehensive knowledge of how to be fully prepared for a meeting, meeting procedures and high- level debating techniques

Meeting Procedures (Virtual Classroom)

MPVC

Participating effectively in meetings is a critical aspect of being an Elected Member - meetings are said to be the ‘bread and butter’ of your role.

You will learn to analyse and interpret information, as well as gain valuable insight in how to collaborate with other elected members to make informed strategic decisions.

This course focuses on providing comprehensive knowledge of how to be fully prepared for a meeting; meeting procedures and high level debating techniques.

Planning Practices - Advanced

PPA

Whilst practitioners and decision-makers in the planning space may have a broad understanding of planning matters, lack of exposure to certain items or an in-depth understanding of the particular planning topic can lead to poor decisions or inappropriate outcomes.
The Planning Practices - Advanced course provides a deeper understanding of a range of common planning topics that arise, to provide a more comprehensive knowledge base for decision-makers.
Topics covered include Structure Planning, Bushfire Prone Areas, Development Contribution Plans, Coastal and Flood Risk, Rights of Way and Pedestrian Access Ways, Tree retention and provision, Heritage, Public Open Space and Encumbrances used in Planning, and Monitoring and Review.

Planning Practices - Essentials

PPE

Decision makers in the planning space are required to not only understand the planning framework in Western Australia, but also the decision making process and implications of decisions. 

Planning matters are often complex, generate a great deal of interest in the community and can also be controversial. It is therefore critical that decision makers have a thorough understanding of planning processes to appropriately assess applications.

Topics include types of Land Use Planning, Roles and Responsibilities in Planning, Council and the Administration, Legislative Framework, State Planning Framework, Local Planning Framework; Decision Making Process, State Administrative Tribunal, Development Assessment, Enforcement and Compliance.

Professionally Speaking

PFS

This interactive workshop is specifically designed to get you out of your comfort zone, in a safe, fun and constructive learning environment that will teach you to remain calm, in control, and appear confident while doing the often uncomfortable work of professional public speaking.

Offering  practical techniques and tools for handling unfamiliar public speaking situations with confidence and aplomb, you will be able to practice speaking into microphones, laptop screens, as you learn to apply your new public speaking skills to a full range of modern communication situations.

Serving on Council (2 days)

SOC

This comprehensive course will help you gain the confidence to perform your role on Council more effectively.

It has been specifically developed to address the unique skills and knowledge requirements of Elected Members.

Building on the information from the first two modules, this course delves deeper into what is involved in serving your community in a Local Government environment and performing as an effective team member on Council.

It recognises both internal and external influences on Councillors, how to develop and maintain strategic relationships, the necessity to perform your role in a due diligence framework and how to contribute effectively to high level strategic decision making.

Serving on Council (2 days) (Virtual Classroom)

SOCVC

This comprehensive course will help you gain the confidence to perform your role on Council more effectively.

It has been specifically developed to address the unique skills and knowledge requirements of Elected Members.

Building on the information from the first two modules, this course delves deeper into what is involved in serving your community in a Local Government environment and performing as an effective team member on Council.

It recognises both internal and external influences on Councillors, how to develop and maintain strategic relationships, the necessity to perform your role in a due diligence framework and how to contribute effectively to high level strategic decision making.

The Role of Mayors and Presidents

RMP

This workshop is a great opportunity to network with other Mayors and Presidents and exchange ideas and experiences.

Learn more about effective communication styles, speaking on behalf of the Council, presiding at meeting and mentoring Elected Members.

Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets

UFRB

Council Members encounter ongoing pressure to be fully across their Council’s financial decisions and responsibilities.

More often than not Council Members will be urged to reduce rates, while keeping services to a high level and at the same time keep the spending down!

This course aims to provide practical understanding on how to review and interpret financial reports and budgets, as well as monitor revenue and expenditure.

Course material will outline the linkage between Strategic Planning, Asset Management Planning and Long Term Financial Planning.

You will be able to understand and discuss the benefits of undertaking financial forecasting and see how the impacts of key decision making may have on the organisation’s financial health.
 

Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets (Virtual Classroom)

UFRBVC

Elected Members encounter ongoing pressure to be fully across their Council’s financial decisions and responsibilities.

More often than not Elected Members will be urged to reduce rates, while keeping services to a high level and at the same time keep the spending down!

This course aims to provide practical understanding on how to review and interpret financial reports and budgets, as well as monitor revenue and expenditure.

Course material will outline the linkage between Strategic Planning, Asset Management Planning and Long Term Financial Planning.

You will be able to understand and discuss the benefits of undertaking financial forecasting and see how the impacts of key decision making may have on the organisation’s financial health.

Understanding Local Government (Face to Face)

ULG

In this important foundation course, we will assist you in your transition from private citizen to Councillor.
You will gain valuable information and a greater understanding of your role and responsibilities, and Local Government protocols and procedures to help you fulfil your duties competently.

Importantly, you will gain an overview of how the Local Government Act 1995 frames the systems and processes involved in the institution of Local Government.

Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member)

52756WA

WALGA’s 52756WA Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member) is the highest level of qualification that an Elected Member can obtain through WALGA Training (RTO 51992). It has been designed specifically to meet the skills and knowledge requirements of an Elected Member’s role in Western Australia. Encompassing completion of Stages One, Two and Three of WALGA’s Learning and Development Pathway, this nationally recognised training program contains 10 units of competency that form the 52756WA Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member).