Introduction to Local Government

About the Workshop

The Introduction to Local Government course provides an overview to Local Government and the important role it plays.

It is designed for people who are new to Local Government or those who want to improve their knowledge of Council governance.

It is delivered by former Council Chief Executive Officers who understand the sector and the complexities faced by people working in it.

You can also get in contact with us at [email protected] to talk about a tailored session for your Council.

Upcoming Workshops

In-person LGPro Docklands:
Full day workshop including multiple case studies and full catering

June 8  LGPro Docklands Register Here
Aug 23  LGPro Docklands Register Here
Oct 25 LGPro Docklands Register Here
Dec 13 LGPro Docklands Register Here
 

 

Regional Delivery for Surrounding Councils:
All the benefits of the above full day workshop but at a neighbouring council to save on travel.

May 24   @ Warrnambool City Council     Register Here
July 18 @ City of Greater Bendigo Register Here  

 
Online:
Half day virtual workshop including one case study.

May 25     Online    Register Here  
June 21 Online Register Here
July 20 Online Register Here
Oct 5 Online Register Here
Nov 16 Online Register Here
 
 
On Demand:
Access an on-demand portal for self-paced learning including closed captioning.
Note: portal accessible for eight business days.

Anytime   Online    Register Here  

 

Your Facilitators

Melanie Fleer

Melanie has worked in Victorian local government for over 20 years, including 15 years in leadership roles spanning the areas of communications, governance, legal, marketing, risk, property and customer service. She holds a Bachelors in Public Relations, and Graduate Diploma in Group Facilitation. Melanie has worked at Brimbank City Council Maribyrnong and Darebin councils. Melanie now works as a governance consultant to the government sector.

Chris Eddy 

Chris is an experienced local government executive and administrator, with more than 20 years in the sector. He is a former CEO of Hobsons Bay (2012-2018), has held interim CEO roles at LeadWest and LGPro, and is currently an administrator at the City of Whittlesea. He serves on a number of Council Audit and Risk Committees, and is the Independent Chair of the Sunshine Transport Precinct Community Reference Group.

Prior to working in local government, Chris was a successful regional media presenter and executive of almost 20 years. These days he combines those two careers by presenting the VLGA Connect series of YouTube programs and podcasts, as well as a twice weekly local government news podcast called the Local Government News Roundup.

Ruth McGowan

Ruth helps both experienced and emerging leaders to master the power of politics to deliver exceptional outcomes. Ruth is a sought-after trainer, speaker, and executive coach. She is well known throughout the local government sector for her political intelligence training, gender equality advocacy and candidate workshops. Ruth is also an accredited trainer in political intelligence with the UK-based, Academy for Political Intelligence.

Janet Cribbes

Janet Cribbes has a career spanning three decades, working in State government, community services, the private sector, Local Government and more recently Not for Profit. Janet specialises in governance, ethical and authentic leadership coaching and mentoring in the non for profit and Local government agencies. Her community engagement saw her elected to Port Phillip Council in 2004 to 2008 with one term as mayor in 2008. Public life has many rewards and challenges, having a sense of humor is great life skill. Following Council, Janet went to establish and manage the Community Bushfire Recovery Service after the Black Saturday 2009 Bushfires, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Melbourne delivered through CatholicCare.  Janet is currently a director and co-chair on a not-for-profit Board and Chairs 2 other not for profit Board.




We are committed to keeping all workshop participants safe and we thank you for your support and understanding in these changing times.
We are taking safety at our workshops seriously and have implemented COVIDSafe measures to promote the health and wellbeing of attendees and staff, including:

  • Workshop attendees and all external visitors are required to register using the Victorian Government QR Code, with an accessibility option available.
  • Room capacity limits to respect physical distancing requirements
  • Hand sanitizer stations to help stop the spread
  • Face masks are available at reception
  • Increased anti-bacterial cleaning procedures are in place to help stop the spread
  • COVIDSafe signage to remind attendees and staff how to keep each other safe, while respecting current Government requirements.

All participants are required to respect and follow COVIDSafe procedures, including staying at home if feeling unwell. If you are feeling unwell with COVID symptoms, please email [email protected] to discuss workshop transfer. Refunds are not available.


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Introduction to Local Government - On Demand

When: May 20 – June 30, 2022
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This is a public LGPro workshop which will be held at Warrnambool City Council and is open to registration for surrounding councils.

When: May 24, 2022
Where: Warrnambool, VIC
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This workshop is for local government staff currently working in the state of Tasmania

When: June 7, 2022
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When: June 8, 2022
Where: Docklands, VIC
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Not open for public registration. Please note, all public registrations will automatically be cancelled.

When: June 23, 2022
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This is a public LGPro workshop which will be held at City of Greater Bendigo and is open to registration for surrounding councils.

When: July 18, 2022
Where: VIC
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When: August 23, 2022
Where: Docklands, VIC
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This workshop is for local government staff currently working in the state of Tasmania

When: September 15, 2022
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Not open for public registration. Please note, all public registrations will automatically be cancelled.

When: October 18, 2022
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When: October 25, 2022
Where: Docklands, VIC

Registrations are OPEN for 2022 (Jan-June)


Course Details

  • ONLINE
    Duration:
    3 hours
    Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
    Price*: $200 (inc. GST) for non-members / $140 (incl. GST) for LGPro members

 

  • FACE TO FACE
    Duration: Full day with catering
    Time: 9:30am to 3pm
    Price*: $250 (inc. GST) for non-members / $175 (inc. GST) for LGPro members

 

  • ON DEMAND
    Duration: ~1 hour
    Time: Self-paced
    Price*: $160 (inc. GST) for non-members / $100 (inc. GST) for LGPro members

*Prices are valid from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. 
Prices will increase by 2% from 1 July 2022

 

More information

For further information email [email protected] or phone (03) 9268 6400

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:

7+ days prior the workshop: full refund and/or transfer available
6 days prior the workshop: no refund available, however substitute participants are welcome.
A substitute delegate is encouraged to attend in place of a cancellation.

All cancellations and substitutes 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.