Webinar Series



  Reconciliation Action Plans: Building Relationships & Communities
with Glen Brennan & Nicole Petrilli

About this webinar:
Do you know how important your council is in achieving indigenous reconciliation?
Find out the value of your Reconciliation Action Plan and the outcomes to expect for both your organisation and the Indigenous community. 
Explore how to bring staff or organisations new to the concept of reconciliation on a journey through the process with expert guidance.
Learn what you can do for your indigenous community and staff on National Sorry Day and ahead of National Reconciliation Week. With the week’s theme of Be Brave. Make Change, find out what brave change your council could be making. 
Recommended for: All staff interested in community wellbeing, Indigenous relations and engagement or those responsible for the organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

Presented by: 
Glen Brennan – Lead Partner, KPMG Indigenous Services
A proud Gomeroi man with over 20 years’ experience in banking and the public sector with a strong focus on Indigenous development, Glen is focused on assisting Indigenous enterprises to achieve their strategic objectives. His work with traditional owners, community organisations and remote and regional initiatives enables him to bring valuable insights to clients seeking to thrive in the Indigenous sector.

Nicole Petrilli – Associate Director, Enterprise, KPMG Australia
With a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist for Indigenous clients, Nicole advises traditional owner entities, native title holders, JVs, Aboriginal controlled organisations and SME’s at various stages of their growth journeys. She has experience in developing and delivering strategic communications and stakeholder consultation plans with targeted results across a range of corporate business sectors and government, recently playing a key role in the refresh of the nation’s Indigenous policy agenda.



Difficult Conversations (in a Hybrid Workplace)
with Catherine Skippington

About this webinar:
Effective communication is the basis of good relationships with your stakeholders, senior officers, staff, and peers (not to mention family and friends). Effective communication demonstrates your trust, credibility, empathy, integrity, and other attributes that help build resilient relationships. We know this, yet when it comes to ‘difficult’ conversations we baulk at the time when the conversation is most important. These workshops will help you turn your conversations into effective engagement.

In this webinar we will look at:
Why do we find some conversations difficult?
Three elements of difficult conversations 
getting to know your team as people – checking in, building trust 
your choices about how to respond to others through self-awareness and self-regulation (above and below the line)

This webinar is a two-part series, with the second session deep diving into powerful questioning on July 29th. Separate registration will be required to attend part 2.

Attendees will leave with:
improved understanding of the elements of effective communication
steps to increase their self-awareness and self-regulation
ways of engaging with others
no fear of difficult conversations realising there are only good conversations
A copy of the material presented will be distributed after the session
Recommended for: This workshop will be helpful for any team leader or people who have difficulty finding solutions with stakeholders or clients.

Presented by: Catherine Skippington – Executive Consultant, TMS Consulting
Catherine Skippington is an Executive Consultant with TMS Consulting – a business born out of the belief that ‘All Organisations are Human’ and driven by a passion for releasing the energy in organisations that bring about high levels of engagement, greater productivity, and business success.
Catherine brings extensive and practical experience as a Senior Executive in State and Federal Public Services which gives her an understanding of your working environment and challenges.
In 2021, Catherine delivered a Master Class series across Australia on public sector organisational culture. 


Providing a Safe Workplace
with Dr. Sean Mulcahy

About this webinar:
This webinar will outline ways councils can work towards providing a safe workplace and practical strategies that local government professionals can adopt to improve LGBTIQA+ inclusion in the workplace.
Content will focus on three main areas councils can work towards providing a safe workplace:
Rainbow Tick accreditation
Australian Workplace Equality Index
Workplace Bargaining

The webinar will explore how these tools can be accessed by councils to initiate their first steps or support those already underway – encouraging councils at all levels to overcome barriers and start to improve LGBTIQA+ inclusion in their workplace.
Registrants will submit their feedback prior the webinar to inform our guest speaker, Dr Sean Mulcahy, on current questions and challenges encountered to provide a tailored and relevant discussion.

Presented by: Dr. Sean Mulcahy – Research Officer, Australian Centre in Sex, Health and Society
Dr Sean Mulcahy is a campaigner with Rainbow Local Government and former Rainbow Project Officer at the Victorian Local Governance Association. The Rainbow Local Government campaign has delivered LGBTIQA+ reforms at over 20 Victorian councils. Sean is also a Research Officer at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and former Policy Advisor at the Victorian Pride Lobby. He has a PhD in Law from Monash University and the University of Warwick and is a member of the Victorian Government’s LGBTIQ+ Justice Working Group. He has worked for federal and state governments as well as for the industrial sector.

Navigating LGBTIQA+ inclusion in Local Government
with Sage Akouri & Sharni Carroll

About this webinar:
This webinar will help support council staff to make meaningful change in their workplace, ensuring they are able to cultivate a safer and more accepting environment for LGBTIQA+ staff. The webinar will also support council staff to identify LGBTIQA+ opportunities within the organisation and influence leaders and decision makers to create an inclusive workplace.

Attendees will hear from advocates and experts on a wide range of topics including how to: 
respectfully engage in meaningful conversations on LGBTIQA+ issues;
raise LGBTIQA+ priorities with leaders and decision makers;
assess and plan for LGBTIQA+ inclusion in the workplace; and
contribute to building a culturally safe and accepting workplace.
Recommended for: This webinar is recommended for council staff in customer-facing roles; human resources; engagement; governance & policy; communications; community services; events; information services; and leadership positions. 

Presented by:  Sage Akouri – CEO, Speak Australia
Sage Akouri (they/them) is the CEO of Speak Australia, a charity organisation advancing LGBTIQA+ inclusion. Sage's experience extends into campaigning, organising and advocacy and is passionate about applying an intersectional and primary-prevention approach to their work in the community.

With guest speaker Sharni Carroll (she/her) Manager of Communications and Advocacy at Hume City Council. 

The WebinarHQ Series is FREE for Members*

Not yet a Member? Webinars have a non-Member fee of $30 incl. GST, but you could be accessing them free among other exclusive benefits. Find out how. 
*Registrants must hold an Individual LGPro Membership (excludes Council Subscriptions)

Please note, these webinars are open to registration for employed Victorian Local Government sector staff only.
Registrants will receive a zoom link which is for personal use only and is not to be shared with others. Please note, shared zoom links will be charged.

Webinar Streams

  • The Risky Suite - how prepared are you for disruption, analysing services and building relationships with every segment in your community?
  • New Democracy - unpacking community engagement, accountability and transparency.
  • Tear Down The Walls - reduce barriers to collaborative council practice and with external stakeholders and sectors.
  • Leadership Springboard - fine tune and propel your skills when managing up, down and from the centre.
  • Without Borders - peer over the municipality fence and dive into what other local governments are doing around the globe.
  • Trailblazer - challenge the norm, stretch your innovative mindset and be prepared for future workforce and community expectations.
  • Power Up - build and master your essentials toolbox, increasing your productivity and work quality.

Cancellation Policy: LGPro is a member, not for profit association and all money generated is used to develop quality professional development activities and services. Our events and programs are budgeted on a minimum number of attendees so providing us with sufficient notice regarding non-attendance is imperative to the success of all our events. Where a substitute delegate cannot be appointed, the following will apply for any cancellations:

Webinar registrations are non-refundable and recordings will be made available to registrants who cannot attend live.
Registrants can transfer their registration to an alternative Webinar of the same value within the same financial year given no later than 48hours prior the scheduled webinar date notice via email.: [email protected]

All transfer requests must be received in writing by LGPro.
* Transfers to the next available program intake are subject to any applicable fee increases.

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Building Relationships and Communities

When: May 26, 2022
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(in a Hybrid Workplace) Part 1 of a two-part mini-series

When: June 10, 2022
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Improving LGTIQA+ inclusion in the workplace.

When: June 17, 2022
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Part 2 of the Difficult Conversations min-series

When: July 29, 2022