Training Register

Amendments to the Local Government Act 1995 Act 1995 and Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1986 relating to elected members training came into effect in September 2019 with a new mandatory training course, “Council Members Essentials” being required to be completed within 12 months of being elected.

A person who is a council member on the day on which the Local Government Regulations comes into operation is exempt from the requirement until the end of their term of office. Pursuant to Section 5.127 of the Local Government Act 1995:

  1. A local government must prepare a report for each financial year on the training completed by council members in the financial year.
  2. The CEO must publish the report on the local government's official website within 1 month after the end of the financial year to which the report relates.

All elected members have enrolled in the Council Member Essentials course through WALGA. This course comprises the following five units:

  • Understanding local government
  • Serving on council
  • Meeting procedures
  • Conflicts of interest, and
  • Understanding financial reports and budgets.

A table detailing elected member training completed to 30 June 2023 including Mandatory (Council Member Essential) and elective training is shown below.

Training Register
Councillor Name Course Completion Date Location Provider Cost
Ian Garstone Understanding Local Government 16/02/2024 Online WALGA WALGA $0.00
Kahlia Stephens Understanding Local Government 15/02/2024 Online WALGA WALGA $0.00
Rodney Marshall Understanding Financial Reports and Budgets 27/01/2024 Online WALGA WALGA $0.00
Rodney Marshall Meeting Procedures 09/12/2023 Online WALGA WALGA $0.00
Dale Douglas The Role of Mayors and Presidents 07/12/2023 In Person WALGA WALGA $0.00
Rodney Marshall Conflicts of Interest 01/12/2023 Online WALGA WALGA $0.00
Rodney Marshall Understanding Local Government 23/11/2023 Online WALGA WALGA $0.00

Note: All Elected Members were also reminded of their obligations under the Local Government Act 1995 during the year with respect to the following matters:

  • Primary and Annual Declarations of Financial Interest;
  • Compliance with the Council’s Adopted Code of Conduct; and
  • Local Government Act 1995 - Rules of Conduct.

Councillor Training Register