Councils are invited to participate in the Local Government Capacity Building Program Plan 2016–17. This program focuses on:
- brokering and/or delivering targeted capacity building programs
- providing support in financial management and governance practices to councils
- assisting councils to identify opportunities with other councils, to build capacities and efficiencies.
The program includes targeted training programs, online resources and brokering training and professional development programs.
The Department focuses on assisting local governments to meet their statutory obligations, demonstrate good governance and financial management to help facilitate long-term sustainability.
A major focus of the program is building on the success of the Councillor Induction Program, which was conducted late in the 2015–16 financial year following the March 2016 local government elections, by offering a suite of follow-up training programs to councils to promote good governance practices.
The Local Government Capacity Building Program Plan 2016–17 features:
1. Specialist good governance training for local governments
Generally offered upon request, such training includes:
- councillor conduct and ethical behaviour
- complaints management
- councillor roles and responsibilities.
2. Accredited professional development programs for local government employees and councillors
Scholarships awarded to suitably-qualified local government officers and councillors to undertake nationally-accredited, tertiary programs. Such programs include Certificate IV and Diploma programs in Governance and Administration, Asset Management, Project Management, Financial Management, Leadership and an ‘Elected Member’ specialisation for councillors. Applications for scholarships are now closed.
3. Women in Local Government (WILG) Strategy
To help promote greater diversity and inclusion in local government, the department is:
- sponsoring industry conferences and other forums that promote greater scope for women’s participation and engagement in local government
- providing professional development and mentoring opportunities for female councillors and local government officers and support for their participation at industry conferences.
4. Fraud management training
Completion of training, which commenced in 2015–16, to:
- provide council officers with a practical understanding of fraud management principles and processes
- assist their councils to meet their reporting requirements in relation to losses arising from fraud following amendments to local government legislation.
5. Financial reporting training
Local government statutory and financial reporting training for council finance managers and other officers.
6. Online resources
Online resources are continually being developed and reviewed to meet the requirements of local government legislation and good governance practices.
For more information about the above programs and how to nominate contact us or call 07 3452 6744.