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 and knowledge requirements of an Elected Member’s role in Western Australia. Encompassing completion of Stages 1, 2 and 3 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).

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Who Will Benefit

Suitable for Elected Members who have completed WALGA’s Elected Member Essentials Program and wish to further increase their knowledge and skills to support them to perform their role as defined in the Local Government Act 1995.

Key Topics

  • Roles and responsibilities of an Elected Member
  • Statutory environment relating to declarations of interest
  • Meeting procedures and high level debating techniques
  • Understanding financial forecasting and the impacts of key decision making
  • Behaviours required as leaders of Council and prominent leaders in the community
  • Integrated planning and reporting framework and long term strategic planning requirements
  • Effective policy development and ensuing consultative processes
  • Purpose and process of town planning in Local Government
  • Importance of long-term asset infrastructure management
  • Managing the performance of a Chief Executive Officer

What is Required to Complete the Program

To gain the nationally recognised Diploma qualification, participants must complete Stages 1, 2 and 3 of WALGA’s Learning and Development Pathway. In addition, assessment tasks must be completed by the student such as written projects and knowledge questions (examples and not limited to), generally after attending training, to demonstrate they can satisfactorily meet the requirements of the unit(s) of competency related to the training completed (see Student Handbook for further information and definitions).

Enrolment Information

Download and complete the 52756WA Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member) Registration Form by clicking the register button below and submit to training@walga.asn.au.

Diploma Fees

Course Fees  
11 days face to face $5,665
2 elearning courses (approx. 2 hours each) $390
Assessment Fees  
10 units of competency $2,250
RPL Pathway  
Fast track through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) $2,250


Program Name Relationship to Competency Standards
Diploma of Local Government
(Elected Member)
LGAGENE501A – Undertake councillor roles and responsibilities
  LGAGENE503 – Perform the role of an Elected Member
Duration LGAGENE302A – Contribute to effective decision making
11 days face to face and 4 hours online LGAGENE502A – Provide leadership within the council and community
  BSBMGT616 – Develop and implement strategic plans
  LGADMIN527A – Manage policy development
  DLGLUP501A – Contribute to land use planning
  BSBMGT502 – Manage people performance
  BSBATSIL503 – Manage conflict
  DLGSAM501A – Manage assets sustainably