Writing for Influence in Local Government

About the Workshop

Report writing skills are important for anyone wanting a successful career in Local Government. Better decisions can be made more promptly when reports are of a high standard.

There is a clear link between the planning that goes into a Council report and the ease of implementation of the resulting Council resolution. Good reports contribute to higher trust between Councillors, the community and staff.

Writing for Influence in Local Government is a course designed to raise the standard of report writing by helping those who write or authorise council reports and correspondence to:

  • develop understanding of context including political awareness; and
  • populate documents with information that is relevant and orderly; and
  • write reports and correspondence by better understanding elements of informed decision making to enable better decisions and value for our communities.

Upcoming Workshops

Online Delivery:
Half day virtual workshop including one case study.
May 21 Online  Register Here
 Oct 10  Online  Register Here

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

May 28 LGPro Docklands   Register Here
 New Financial Year
 Aug 7  LGPro Docklands  Register Here
 Dec 4  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.

No workshops are currently scheduled

Your Facilitators 

Julie Reid

Julie has 33 years’ experience working in Local Government, including large Councils in the UK, rural Councils in New South Wales and Victorian Councils, and has recent experience in State Government. This diverse experience has seen her contribute to governance, planning, urban design, sustainability, economic development, building, waste, capital works delivery, community engagement and more. Julie’s recent career highlights include working as Executive Director of Local Government Victoria in the Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions and as the first female CEO at the City of Kingston. Julie also spent 10 years at an executive/director level leading city development and engineering/infrastructure portfolios at Whitehorse and Greater Dandenong City Councils.

She is a qualified Master of Planning and has a Graduate Diploma in Management and Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies). Julie launched her own consultancy business in June 2022 to continue assisting Local Government into the future

Allison Watt

Allison is a senior Local Government professional with a strong background and experience in strategic communications, governance, council business, corporate planning, risk management, advocacy and other functions over a 25-year career. She is a former journalist, editor, sub-editor and proofreader and after 15 years in suburban newspapers entered local government to work in corporate communications in the late 1990s. Allison has worked for 25 years in the sector, in various senior communications and governance roles at Brimbank, Nillumbik, Moonee Valley and Macedon Ranges Councils.

Allison has a Graduate Diploma in Communication from Victoria University; an International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Certificate and a Certificate in Governance and Risk Management from the Governance Institute of Australia



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Where: Docklands, VIC
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When: August 7, 2024
Where: Docklands, VIC
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When: October 10, 2024
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When: December 4, 2024
Where: Docklands, VIC

Course Details

Prices listed below are valid for workshops that run up to 30 June 2024:

    3.5 hours
    Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
    Price*: $375 (inc. GST) for non-members / $262 (incl. GST) for LGPro members



Duration: Full day with catering
Time: 9:30am to 3pm
Price*: $530 (inc. GST) for non-members / $369 (inc. GST) for LGPro members

Prices listed below are valid for workshops that run from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025:

    3.5 hours
    Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
    Price*: $390 (inc. GST) for non-members / $272 (incl. GST) for LGPro members



Duration: Full day with catering
Time: 9:30am to 3pm
Price*: $551 (inc. GST) for non-members / $384 (inc. GST) for LGPro members

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

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

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

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* Transfers to the next available program intake are subject to any applicable fee increases.

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