Webinar Series


4 Feb
Freeing Up Mental Space
Moderated by Chris Eddy with panellists Sue Wilkinson, Michael Tudball, Craig Lloyd and Ali Wastie

About this webinar:
Five senior local government executives share their strategies for advancing a career in the sector while avoiding burnout.

Sit in on a moderated roundtable discussion between experienced leaders including current and former council CEOs to hear insider insights on how to take care of your wellbeing while getting ahead.

Moderated by Chris Eddy with panellists Sue Wilkinson, Michael Tudball, Craig Lloyd and Ali Wastie.

Recommended for: Aspiring and current leaders, senior executives and managers, or those looking for the next step in a long-term local government career.

Presented by:
  • Chris Eddy – Administrator, City of Whittlesea and Host of Local Government News Roundup
  • Sue Wilkinson – CEO, Darebin City Council
  • Michael Tudball – Director, Victorian Department of Transport
  • Craig Lloyd – CEO, City of Whittlesea
  • Ali Wastie – CEO, Bass Coast Shire Council

11 Feb
Fraud & Corruption - Initial Action
What you need to consider when a fraud and corruption event occurs with David Lehmann

About this webinar:
‘Failing to plan is planning to fail.’ True of any endeavour, but especially so when dealing with an incident of fraud and corruption – particularly given the legal consequences of being unprepared.

Join the second instalment of our deep dive into Fraud & Corruption with PKF’s Integrity Principal, David Lehmann to find out: What you need to consider when a fraud and corruption event occurs.

If the response to an incident of fraud and corruption is not carefully considered, planned, and coordinated, councils could lose evidence, be unable to recover assets, and face litigation brought about by the inappropriate handling of a suspect employee.

PKF delivers a playbook for what to do as soon as you become aware of an incident of fraud and corruption. Learn how to safeguard whistleblowers, preserve evidence, and maintain confidentiality in this expert guide.

Recommended for: Anyone with responsibility for workplace integrity, including managers and officers in Integrity, Governance and Risk, Internal Audit, Finance and Legal.

Presented by: David Lehmann – Integrity Principal, PKF
With over 15 years' forensic investigation and risk advisory experience with one of the Big 4 and a fraud and corruption investigation background with law enforcement, David has extensive experience that spans much of the world. 

A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with a Graduate Certificate in Fraud Investigation and an Advanced Diploma of Government (Fraud Control), David manages outsourced whistleblowing services, conducts fraud and corruption risk assessments and framework reviews, code of conduct reviews, integrity due diligence investigations, and best practice reviews of functional areas of government agencies.

17 Feb
Building a Hybrid Workplace
With Josephine Palermo Ph.D.

About this webinar:
The pandemic has changed the way we work, and hybrid workplaces are here to stay. 

The challenge is now for council CEOs and managers who are tasked with creating the optimal hybrid working environment, with a workforce that is burning out, experiencing fatigue, and seeing their overall wellbeing drop.

The pandemic has proved that employees can do focused work outside of the office, and that they can do it asynchronously. Employees have experienced greater levels of control over when and how work gets done and proven they can maintain – and even increase – their productivity.

But a sustainable shift to a permanent hybrid workplace requires both structural and cultural change and is an imperative if councils want to avoid high staff attrition. Join organisational change expert, Josephine Palermo Ph.D for a roadmap for building a hybrid workplace and the pitfalls to avoid in shaping new ways of working and strong workplace culture.

Recommended for: Managers, People & Culture teams, CEOs, and organisational transformation staff.

Presented by: Josephine Palermo Ph.D
With a Ph.D in Organisational Psychology and numerous publications in areas of organisational development, change, coaching and leadership, Josephine uses an informed, energetic and hands on approach to create lasting change in people, processes, and total systems.

She has vast experience in leadership and organisational change, having delivered millions of dollars of productivity gains across public and private sectors, and significant increases in employee engagement and customer satisfaction.


3 March
Gender Equity & Reporting
Moderated by Tanja Kovac with panellists Jaime Chubb and Jennifer Bednar

About this webinar:
Ahead of International Women’s Day and during Australian Women’s History Month, find out just how far Local Government has come in the push for true gender equity.

Moderated by CEO of the peak organisation for women, gender equality and the prevention of gendered violence in Victoria, Gender Equity Victoria’s Tanja Kovac will lead the discussion with leading voices including Jaime Chubb and Jen Bednar.

Registrants will submit their feedback ahead of the live discussion focusing on current questions, challenges, and successes with the Gender Equity and Reporting framework introduced in 2020.

Recommended for:
Council leaders, People & Culture teams, and any staff with an interest in gender equity.

Presented by:
  • Tanja Kovac – CEO, Gender Equity Victoria
  • Jaime Chubb – CEO, Centre Against Violence
  • Jen Bednar – Director Customer and Business Transformation, City of Casey

4 March
Waste to Value Miniseries - Part 1
With Professor Veena Sahajwalla

About this webinar:
Join a masterclass in best practice waste management with Australia’s master of materials, Professor Veena Sahajwalla.

Get in on the ground floor of a three-part miniseries focused on turning waste into value, from big picture sustainability through to the technical playbook on recycling materials that can be used in council infrastructure.

Mark your calendar for the full series: Part 2 and Part 3 coming 1 April and 29 April.

Recommended for: Waste management professionals, infrastructure chiefs, strategic planners, asset managers, and all those involved in sustainability.

Presented by: Professor Veena Sahajwalla – Founding Director, UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre
Professor Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials,’ is the inventor of polymer injection technology, known as green steel, an eco-friendly process for using recycled tyres in steel production, and launched the world's first e-waste microfactory.

10 March
Fine Tuning Leadership: Resetting & (Re)Igniting Teams
Fine tune your leadership style with Therese Joyce

About this webinar:
Learn to lead yourself before leading others. 

This next step in your leadership journey provides a comprehensive guide to developing high-quality connections, self-determination, and practical tools for managing multiple projects and deadlines.

Leave with greater self-awareness, an understanding of ‘mindful leadership,’ a framework for nurturing brief but powerful interactions that empower others, and a practical toolkit for motivating and re-energising your teams.

Recommended for: Leaders at all levels, from CEOs and Directors to Managers and Team Leaders. Suitable for all those who are leading a team and wanting to discover and explore evidence-based approaches to empowering and motivating a team.

Presented by: Therese Joyce - Manager, Mental Health and Wellbeing, CogNative Solutions
Therese Joyce has over two decades experience in international management and leading change, delivering workshops in 17 countries including at the World Government Summit. The former Associate Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Positive Psychology with an MSc in applied positive psychology is committed to the pragmatic, real-world application of wellbeing science, with expertise in wellbeing, stress management, resilience and organisational performance. 

17 March
Respect in the Workplace
With Melanie Irons

About this webinar:
Ahead of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, learn how to stand up to disrespect in the workplace before it becomes a serious issue.
Difficult behaviours at work can have a significant impact on people, but bullying can often start as low-intensity, uncivil actions. Learn strategies to respond appropriately to disrespect when it is either observed or experienced to get ahead of it.

Raise your awareness of what disrespectful behaviour in the workplace looks like, understand “the power of reciprocity,” and learn to quantify the value of diversity in the workplace in this important, interactive session.

Recommended for: Managers, Team Leaders, HR professionals, and anyone with responsibility for addressing bullying and respect issues in the workplace.

Presented by: Melanie Irons PhD, MPP - Principal Consultant, Steople
A registered psychologist with a PhD in Psychology and a Master of Professional Psychology, Melanie has worked as a behavioural scientist for universities in Tasmania, Victoria and the Northern Territory and as a health and wellbeing coach, career coach, transition coach and workshop facilitator. 

25 March
Being Anti-Racist - A Guide to Cultural Safety
Moderated by Shankar Kasynathan with panellist Andrew Morrison

About this webinar:
On National Close the Gap Day – and ahead of Harmony Day and Cultural Diversity Week – learn the practical steps to creating a culturally safe workplace and community.

LGPro has partnered with Amnesty International and the AFL’s Western Bulldogs to develop and deliver a diversity and inclusion workshop series that builds workplace harmony and tackles racism. 

We tap into data from this allyship pilot program to explore how your council can commit to building spaces that are safe for both staff and the community by starting conversations with your multicultural advisory committee, training staff, and learning how to safely engage with diverse groups and individuals.

Recommended for: Managers, Team Leaders, HR professionals, community engagement specialists, and anyone involved in diversity and inclusion measures.

Presented by:
  • Shankar Kasynathan – Commissioner, Victorian Multicultural Commission
  • Andrew Morrison – Aboriginal Employment and Cultural Safety, City of Whittlesea

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 external stakeholders and sectors.
  • Leadership Springboard - fine tune and propel your skills when managing up, down and from the center.
  • Without Borders - peer over the municipality fence and dive into what other LGA's 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.

LGPro's full cancellation policy.