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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 in mid September 2017.

Dates and locations are as follows:





Wednesday 11 October 2017


Tuesday 17 October 2017


Wednesday 18 October 2017


Wednesday 18 October 2017


Thursday 19 October 2017

  Sydney CBD 

Thursday 19 October 2017


Wednesday 25 October 2017


Tuesday 31 October 2017


Wednesday 1 November 2017


Thursday 2 November 2017

  Sydney CBD 

Saturday 4 November 2017




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