DIPLOMA OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ELECTED MEMBER)

LGA50712

PERFECT FOR QLD COUNCILLORS

This new course has been designed specifically for Queensland elected members wanting a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the job - with the option to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

IS TIME YOUR ENEMY?

We have created a flexible approach to learning that suits your busy work schedule and enables you to complete studies via a series of tasks, projects and workplace activities.

FLEXIBLE OPTIONS FOR YOU

The Diploma program takes a modularised approach, allowing you to undertake courses and associated assessments in any order!

SELECT YOUR OWN COMMITMENT LEVEL

  1. Learning only - it is not compulsory to complete the post-course assessments. You will receive a Statement of Attendance rather than a national qualification.
  2. Formal qualification - to achieve the Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member) LGA50712 qualification you must complete the appropriate assessments for each unit. Assessment attracts an additional charge of $220 per unit.
  3. Skill Set - there is also the option of completing two core units to complete the Elected Member Skill Set LGASS00002. The completion of this Skill Set provides a pathway into the Diploma of Local Government LGA50712
  4. Assessment only - available for participants who qualify for Recognition of Prior Learning. An Information Pack with further details will be made available before enrolment.

UNIT DETAILS

Understanding Local Government

Work effectively in local government LGACORE104B
& Work with others in local government LGACORE105B

 

Understanding Local Government provides a broad introduction to working effectively in a local government environment. The unit covers a wide range of issues including code of conduct, health and safety basics, working within council policy and procedures.

CONTENT

Topics covered within this unit include: code of conduct, workplace health and safety principles, council policy and procedures, effective workplace relationships and communication skills.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to:

  • work effectively with other councillors and council staff
  • understand policy and procedure frameworks.

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

Councillor Roles and Responsibilities

Perform role of Elected Member LGAGENE503
& Undertake councillor roles and responsibilities LGAGENE501A

 

Councillor Roles and Responsibilities covers the behaviours and actions required of elected members in meeting their roles and responsibilities.

Using legislation as its basis, the units explore in practical ways how the framework of laws, regulations, and codes create af clear path that guide the steps of elected members and help them to carve out a successful role at council and within the community.

CONTENT

Topics covered within these units include: powers and influences; roles, responsibilities and jurisdiction; expectations of elected members; meetings, chairmanship, debating and public communication; and decision making and handling conflicts of interest.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • demonstrate awareness of roles and responsibilities in the performance of council activities
  • conduct productive meetings in line with compliance requirements
  • uphold council's legislative responsibilities.

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

Effective Decision Making

Contribute to effective decision making LGAGENE302A

 

Effective Decision Making principally explores decision-making processes and the capabilities required by those in positions of authority within council. It recognises the impact of personal and community influences upon councillors when making clear and strong decisions.

CONTENT

Topics covered within this unit include: identifying problems which need responses, developing solutions, evaluating solutions and implementing decisions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to:

  • research factors impacting on problems
  • evaluate options in relation to a range of factors
  • effectively implement decisions.

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

GOVERNING COUNCILS

Governing Councils LGAGENE502A

 

Governing Councils focuses on how councillors can ensure that high levels of governance are applied in a complex environment.  The unit explores management of processes, public accountability, ethical behaviour, transparency and statutory compliance.

CONTENT

Topics covered within this unit include understanding the legal and regulatory requirements affecting council, principals of ethical conduct and working with governance systems.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Perform at a high level as a councillor
  • Provide leadership to council and community groups
  • Provide a positive image of council
  • Initiate and support development programs

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

Effective Community Leadership

Establish co-operative arrangements with other organisations LGACOM404B

 

Effective Community Leadership focuses on the skills that councillors require to work successfully with other organisations in the community.

CONTENT

Topics covered within this unit include: identifying opportunities for cooperative arrangements, development of cooperative projects and monitoring and evaluating effectiveness of a collaborative venture.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to:

  • develop co-operative projects
  • measure project performance
  • structure projects to meet community needs
  • develop communications plans

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

Strategic Planning

Undertake business planning LGADMIN525A

 

Strategic Planning 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. Links planning, policy development and major strategy documents such as asset management and infrastructure plans.

CONTENT

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

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to understand:

•  the strategic planning process

•  integrated business planning and reporting

•  analysis and consultation

•  formulation and implementation of a strategic plan.

Cost: $530 (GST exempt)

Financial Reports and Budgets

Analyse financial reports and budgets BSBGOV403A

 

Financial Reports and Budgets explore the way in which local governments are required to plan for the future, develop an annual budget and monitor, review and interpret financial reports. The unit 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 decisions may have on the organisation's financial bottom line.

CONTENT

Topics covered within this unit include: the legislative requirements for local government accounting, understanding budget documents, familiarisation with budget processes and discussing accounting terms and financial reports.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to understand:

  • basic accounting principles and concepts
  • the roles and responsibilities of council, councillors and the CEO
  • financial management and the strategic linkages
  • annual budgets
  • financial management and reporting

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

Change Management

Coordinate and facilitate a change process LGACOM602B

 

Change Management includes planning for and initiating organisational change. It stresses the leadership role of the council and recognises that there is a need for the council and the CEO to work together to achieve significant change.The council must introduce change using its legislated role and act within jurisdiction at all times.

CONTENT

Topics covered within this unit include: identifying and implementing change management strategies and cause and effects and change.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to:

  • establish need for change
  • evaluate and monitor change programs
  • plan change
  • facilitate change

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

Rates and Charges

Recommend rates and charges LGAGOVA508A

 

Rates and Charges outlines the range of rating options available to council. Rates form a major portion of council revenues and are an important area of focus for councils. In making changes to rating provisions, councils must bear in mind legislative and regulatory requirements as well as existing council principles and processes in levying rates and charges.

CONTENT

Topics covered within this unit include: the options and methods of rating and processes for revising rates and charges.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to:

  • identify major legislative and policy provisions impacting on rates
  • evaluate rating options
  • understand rating structure options
  • make decisions concerning council policy changes

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

Land Use Planning

Manage council's development assessment system LGAPLAN511A

 

Land Use Planning is a function of local government that places one of the greatest demands upon elected members 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 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.

CONTENT

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

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to:

  • understand the purpose of land planning
  • define the role of Elected Members in land use planning
  • identify relevant legislation and understand its impact
  • understand the planning and development process
  • identify and understand local and regional planning instruments and issues

Cost: $880 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

Sustainable Asset Management

Develop an asset management strategy for council LGAGOVA605A

 

Sustainable Asset Management will assist elected members in understanding asset management issues in three key ways: understanding your stewardship responsibilities, knowing what your community can afford and the need to move from annual budgeting to long term planning. Sustainable asset economic, engineering and other practices applied to physical assets with the objective of providing the required levels of service in the most cost effective manner.

CONTENT

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

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to:

  • identify the risks associated with the management of infrastructure assets
  • understand the life cycle costs of infrastructure assets
  • identify the revenue gap
  • develop a plan for financial sustainability

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

Manage Conflict

Manage Conflict BSBATSIL503C

 

Manage Conflict provides the skills to manage conflict within the council, and between the local government and the wider community. This unit will enable elected members to identify common communication and roadblocks, the source of conflicts within the council and develop techniques for resolving conflict situations.

CONTENT

Topics covered within this unit include: understanding and respecting the difference between governance and operational matters, communication and conflict resolution ideas and the development of an action plan to implement better channels of communication.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of attending this unit, participants should be able to:

  • assess the potential for conflict
  • identify existing conflict
  • consider the conflict situation
  • carry out strategies to resolve conflict

Cost: $530 (GST exempt) Duration: 1 day

"Great course - gave me a better insight into council and environmental health"