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Being a councillor is an important role that carries with it significant responsibilities to the community. Councillors owe it to their community to take personal responsibility for their learning and to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform their role effectively.


As a result of the recent amendments to the Local Government Act, councils will be required to support councillors with their learning and professional development. Councils will be required to:

  • develop an induction program for newly elected and returning councillors and a specialist supplementary program for the mayor
  • develop each year an ongoing professional development program for the mayor and each councillor
  • consult with councillors and consider their specific needs in tailoring a program for each councillor.


Councillors in turn have a responsibility to participate in the training their council arranges for them. Councils will be required to publicly report on each councillor’s participation in the training arranged for them.


Hit the Ground Running councillor workshops

The OLG is conducting a series of “Hit the Ground Running” workshops across NSW during October and November 2017 for Councillors and their General Managers. Both new and experienced councillors from the 46 councils going to election in September 2017 are strongly encouraged to attend. General Managers will be responsible for registering their councillors and themselves to attend one of the above workshops through the secure council portal

Dates and locations are as follows:


Wed 11.10.17

Shellharbour City Council,

Lamerton House, Lamerton Crescent, Shellharbour


Thu 12.10.17

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Chambers

253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan


Tue 17.10.17

Activities Room, Kent House

139 Faulkner Street, Armidale


Wed 18.10.17

Ironbark Room, Strathfield Library

65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush


Wed 18.10.17

Training Room 1, Local Government Training Institute

4 Sandringham Avenue, Thornton


Thu 19.10.17

Linden Room, Parramatta RSL Club

Cnr O’Connell & Macquarie Streets, Parramatta

Sydney CBD 1

Thu 19.10.17

Portside Room, The Portside Centre

Level 5, 207 Kent Street, Sydney


Wed 25.10.17

Community Room 1, Bryan Brown Theatre, Bankstown Library

Cnr Rickard & Chapel Roads, Bankstown


Tue 31.10.17

Ian Gilbert Room, Jerilderie Civic Hall

33 Jerilderie Street, Jerilderie


Wed 01.11.17

Function Room 1, Gundagai District Services Club

254 Sheridan Street, Gundagai


Thu 02.11.17

Blayney Shire Community Centre

41 Church Street, Blayney

Sydney CBD 2

Sat 04.11.17

Portside Room, The Portside Centre

Level 5, 207 Kent Street, Sydney

North Sydney

Sat 18.11.17

Fred Hutley Hall
200 Miller Street, North Sydney




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