Integrated Strategic Planning and Decision Making

About the workshop

Course Outline

This workshop across two sessions explores the role of the Council, Executive and senior officers in the context of the Integrated Strategic Planning and Reporting Framework and the Local Government Act 2020 (the Act).

The Act signals four key shifts in strategic planning and reporting arrangements that require engagement and response, these include:
  • Community Vision – the Act brings community and its aspirations and longer-term sustainable thinking to the core of policy and strategy development.
  • A focus on outcomes – the deliberate move to a principles-based Act shifts regulatory focus from prescriptive rules to local policy that reflects local context, demands, and aspirations.
  • Community engagement – all councils must now develop appropriate consultation mechanisms, including deliberative processes in the context of its community and capacity.
  • New medium to long-term plans – community transparency to long-term financial and asset planning is a new requirement under the Act.

Target group:

The course is designed to meet a broad range of learning and development needs and it will be dynamically adapted based on a pre-workshop survey. The workshop is intended for:

  • Emerging leaders who want to develop deeper insights into how government works and the critical role of the political system
  • Technical and program specialists expanding career horizons with a desire to gain new skills and capability
  • Local government professionals committed to good governance and delivery of increased public value for their community

Upcoming Workshops

2-part workshop delivery:
Half-day face to face workshop, followed by half day online session.

Next intake: New dates to be announced shortly for 2024


Learning outcomes

The workshop explores the strategic role of the Mayor & Councillors, CEO & Executive and Administration to engage with and deliver on the requirements of the Act. It will highlight the importance of well-defined, effective, respectful, and strong relationships. Critical relationships within three operational domains will be explored:
  • Council’s democratic and representative role and how elected members can work effectively to set an agenda and realise benefits for the community
  • The critical relationship between Council, the Executive and organisation and the respective roles and responsibilities
  • The relationship between Council and the community and how legitimacy and trust is built through transparency and engagement

The course applies two simple frameworks to generate insights and describe the roles, responsibilities, and work of the elected Council and the Administration.
  • Public value – explores the roles of Council as the elected authority and governing body and the administration as principal advisor and facilitator to realise benefits and deliver outcomes.
  • Decision framework – provides a useful and practical means of exploring the roles and functions of Council, issues such as mandate, legitimacy, public value, and public interest.

Other learning outcomes will include:
  • Improved understanding of the rationale for the move to principles-based legislation and objectives of the Act.
  • What the transition means in practical terms for local accountability and decision-making
  • Exploring the respective roles of the Council, CEO and Administration:
    • In setting clear direction and establishing a mandate to support organisational effectiveness.
    • Initiation, development and sustaining of integrated strategic planning and reporting processes.
    • Responsibility, accountability and ownership of the Integrated Strategic Planning and Reporting Framework


About the facilitator

Craig Kenny is an independent consultant offering a broad range of professional services to government and the not-for-profit sector based in Melbourne and South Gippsland.

He held senior executive corporate and community roles for more than twenty-five years in complex and demanding local government environments.  

Craig provided specialist support to Local Government Victoria during the roll out of the sector engagement and co-design for the new Integrated strategic Planning and Reporting Framework in 2020. He has significant experience in corporate and community services, community engagement, social infrastructure planning, policy, service planning and guiding the development of agile and responsive organisations.

Good governance has been at the core of his work for over two decades and this has established a solid foundation for his consulting work and board appointments. 



Course Details

Duration: 2 part half-day workshop (face to face and online)


  • Member: $695 incl. GST
  • Non-member: $840 incl. GST

Prices are valid from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

Member prices are valid for the following individual LGPro Memberships:  LGPro Fellow, Professional & Young Professional Members

More information

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

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