Course Details

Module 1 – Introduction to Local Government

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar 


Target Audience

Elected Members and council staff



'Introduction to Local Government' is the first module in a series of four modules that constitute South Australia’s Council Member mandatory training requirements. By completing this mandatory training module, Council Members will gain an understanding of the Australian System of Government and the composition, structure and operational functions of Councils in South Australia.


Key Learnings

The Australian System of Government
  • The three spheres of government and their functions
  • Relationships between the three spheres of government

Roles and Functions of Local Government
  • Roles, functions and objectives of Local Government
  • Composition and structure of Councils
  • Community engagement and consultation
  • Strategic Planning

Elected/Staff Structures
  • Role of Council Members
  • Role of Staff

Services Provided by Councils
  • Mandatory
  • Discretionary



LGA Representative


Additional Information

Section 80A of the Local Government Act 1999 requires a Council to have a training and development policy for its Council Members. The LGA’s ‘Training Standards for Council Members’ is the minimum training requirement for South Australian council members. Every newly elected council member must meet these requirements within the first 12 months of their four-year term. 

The Standard also recommends that continuing members complete refresher training in Module 2: Legal Responsibilities (which will include the nature of the latest legislative changes) and Module 4: Financial Management and Reporting to ensure competency. 

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at
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