Elected Member Courses

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CEO Performance Appraisals

CEOPA

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

Topics covered within the course include 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.

Elected Members will develop the knowledge and skills to make their contribution to the Chief Executive Officer’s annual appraisal as well as establishing a framework to identify any gaps in performance which might inhibit the achievement of Council’s strategic goals, and could require an investment in personal and/or professional development for the CEO.

CEO Performance Appraisals (Virtual Classroom)

CEOPAVC

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

Topics covered within the course include 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.

Elected Members will develop the knowledge and skills to make their contribution to the Chief Executive Officer’s annual appraisal as well as establishing a framework to identify any gaps in performance which might inhibit the achievement of Council’s strategic goals, and could require an investment in personal and/or professional development for the CEO.

Conflicts of Interest

COI

The Conflicts of Interest course provides council members with an understanding of financial, indirect-financial, proximity and impartially interest; disclosure of interests at meetings; and the association between gifts and conflicts of interests. Participants should be able to identify potential and actual conflicts of interest and understand their obligations in relation to declaring interests.

Dealing with Conflict

DWC

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

Elected Members will develop the knowledge and skills to improve their conflict resolution skills by examining what conflict is and how conflict affects people. The program will examine some basic communication strategies and how conflict can be dealt with in their work and personal lives.

Dealing with Conflict (Virtual Classroom)

DWCVC

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

Elected Members will develop the knowledge and skills to improve their conflict resolution skills by examining what conflict is and how conflict affects people. The program will examine some basic communication strategies and how conflict can be dealt with in their 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

Effective Community Leadership 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
  • Increase in risk exposure and liability claims
Infrastructure Asset Management has three key messages to assist Elected Members in understanding infrastructure asset management issues and improving asset management capacity within their organisations. The three key messages are understanding your stewardship responsibilities, knowing what your community can afford and the need for long term planning.


Topics covered within the course include annual budgeting, budgeting constraints, long term financial planning, risk analysis, asset management plans, stewardship, community affordability and sustainable services.

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.

Integrated Strategic Planning - Policy

ISPP

Integrated Strategic Planning - Policy outlines the process for effective policy development needed by Elected Members to perform their role in Local Government.

Being in public life places obligations on Elected Members to understand the wider issues associated with their role so that they meet community expectations whilst operating within legislative and regulatory constraints. Major issues impacting on policy are analysed, interpreted and integrated through the development phase.

Topics covered within the course include the need for policy and the development of such to meet Council’s statutory responsibility. Through this process the course explores the development and ensuing consultative processes that needs to be undertaken with consideration to state and federal legislation.

Integrated Strategic Planning - Policy (Virtual Classroom)

ISPPVC

Integrated Strategic Planning - Policy outlines the process for effective policy development needed by Elected Members to perform their role in Local Government.

Being in public life places obligations on Elected Members to understand the wider issues associated with their role so that they meet community expectations whilst operating within legislative and regulatory constraints. Major issues impacting on policy are analysed, interpreted and integrated through the development phase.

Topics covered within the course include the need for policy and the development of such to meet Council’s statutory responsibility. Through this process the course explores the development and ensuing consultative processes that needs to be undertaken with consideration to state and federal legislation.

Integrated Strategic Planning - The Essentials

ISPE

Integrated Strategic Planning - The Essentials uses existing legislation as its basis to explore the way in which Local Governments are required to plan for the future. Legislation establishes links between planning objectives, funding and reporting.

Many Local Governments adopt processes for their long term planning that go beyond the requirements of legislation. Links are explored between land use planning, policy development and major strategy documents such as asset management and infrastructure plans.

Topics covered within the course include putting strategic planning in perspective, the integrated planning and reporting framework, the analysis and consultation process, and formulation and implementation of a strategic plan.

Integrated Strategic Planning - The Essentials (Virtual Classroom)

ISPEVC

Integrated Strategic Planning - The Essentials uses existing legislation as its basis to explore the way in which Local Governments are required to plan for the future. Legislation establishes links between planning objectives, funding and reporting.

Many Local Governments adopt processes for their long term planning that go beyond the requirements of legislation. Links are explored between land use planning, policy development and major strategy documents such as asset management and infrastructure plans.

Topics covered within the course include putting strategic planning in perspective, the integrated planning and reporting framework, the analysis and consultation process, and formulation and implementation of a strategic plan.

 

Meeting Procedures

MP

Meeting Procedures is designed to be a practical tool for council members who are required to actively participate in council and committee meetings. This course should focus on increasing the participant’s knowledge of meeting procedures and high-level debating skills used to guide council decision making.

Meeting Procedures (Virtual Classroom)

MPVC

Meeting Procedures is designed to be a practical tool for council members who are required to actively participate in council and committee meetings. This course should focus on increasing the participant’s knowledge of meeting procedures and high-level debating skills used to guide council decision making.

Planning Practices - Advanced

PPA

Planning Practices – Advanced uses practical examples to guide participants on how to formulate a good planning outcome based on a planning framework which has a strategic focus supported by sound statutory planning processes. The exercise of planning discretion in decision making is discussed and the importance of the quasi-judicial role of Council is stressed.

The course focuses on helping participants understand how planning processes must be consistent and transparent and when decisions are made they are done so in the public interest.

Planning Practices - The Essentials

PPE

Planning Practices are a function of Local Government that places one of the greatest demands upon Elected Members and Officers and can be one of the most difficult areas to deal with. Ordinary Council meeting agendas are typically dominated by planning items and often deal with complex issues that may generate a great deal of interest and controversy within the local community.

It is important for Elected Members and Officers to have a thorough understanding of what the purpose of planning is and how the process of planning is managed in order to meet the expectations of the community.

Topics covered include an introduction to land use planning, various roles and responsibilities, types of legislation, regional planning instruments, local planning instruments and community consultation processes.

Professionally Speaking

PFS

Professionally Speaking is an interactive workshop 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.

This course offers 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, and cameras as you learn to apply your new public speaking skills to a full range of modern communication situations.

Each participant receives individual assessment and feedback about their public speaking and communication style.

Serving on Council (2 days)

SOC

Serving on Council is designed to give council members the confidence to perform their role. This course will provide council members with an understanding of their role and responsibilities in leading and supporting their communities while following the processes and procedures of their Local Government.

Serving on Council (2 days) (Virtual Classroom)

SOCVC

Serving on Council is designed to give council members the confidence to perform their role. This course will provide council members with an understanding of their role and responsibilities in leading and supporting their communities while following the processes and procedures of their Local Government.

The Role of Mayors and Presidents

RMP

This training program aims to guide Mayors and Presidents on their role and responsibilities and provides an insight on how to be a successful community leader through effective communication, speaking on behalf of the Council, presiding at meetings and mentoring Elected Members.
This workshop is a great opportunity to network with other Mayors and Presidents and exchange ideas and experiences.

Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets

UFRB

Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets is designed to provide council members with the understanding of a council’s responsibility in respect to the financial governance of the local government.

The course outlines 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.  This course will educate participants on the how to review and interpret financial reports and budgets.

Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets (Virtual Classroom)

UFRBVC

Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets is designed to provide council members with the understanding of a council’s responsibility in respect to the financial governance of the local government.

The course outlines 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.  This course will educate participants on the how to review and interpret financial reports and budgets.

Understanding Local Government (Face to Face)

ULG

The Understanding Local Government course provides council members with the relevant information they require to serve as a council member. It is expected the unit provides participants with an understanding of the composition, structure and operational functions of government, and in particular Western Australian Local Governments.

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).