We encourage participation in local government by equipping community members with the skills, knowledge and connections required to be successful community leaders.
October 2020 Local Government Elections
Bookings now open. If your council would like to book a session please contact Liddy Clark firstname.lastname@example.org Sessions are being booked from March through to September 2020.
Member Councils Free
Non Member Councils $5,000 + GST
Throughout the VLGA’s 25 years, we have worked to support communities and councils in good governance over many election cycles.
It is crucial that candidates start early in their preparation for local government elections. By providing quality information, resources and education about the business of local government and candidate development, the VLGA can assist councils in attracting and supporting high calibre candidates who reflect the communities they serve.
The VLGA invites councils to partner with the VLGA to deliver workshops in their local communities ahead of the 2020 elections. These workshops are designed to increase understanding of councils and council elections in the community, leading to more informed candidates and voters.
The VEC provides information sessions on the logistics of local government elections and the responsibilities of candidates; whereas the VLGA’s sessions take a holistic approach to building community leadership capacity and informing community members about the business of local government.
Basics of Local Government
The VLGA provides relevant, accessible and comprehensive training on the business of local government and the journey from community member to candidate and (potentially) councillor.
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
Culturally appropriate training designed in collaboration with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV).
Aboriginal Victorians - Your Community, Country & Council (YCCC)
YCCC is a series of events including podcasts, discussion forums and workshops designed to increase participants’ knowledge of the local government sector. This aims to improve engagement between participants and their local councils and encourage their nomination as candidates for the 2020 council elections. The VLGA works with key Aboriginal stakeholders to create the events and ensure that training is culturally appropriate and engaging.
Alignment with state government strategies
Our projects, ‘Local Women Leading Change’ and ‘Your Community, Country & Council’ are supported by the Victorian Government in line with its Gender Equality Strategy and Best practice guide for gender equity in local government. Our pre-candidate training also supports the principles of the new Local Government Bill (2019), the Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Action Plan (VALGAP) and Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework, and Victoria’s Multicultural Policy Statement.
To find out how the VLGA can provide these services for your community:
Contact Liddy Clark - email@example.com or 9349 7999.
Click here for the VLGA's pre-candidate training prospectus.
Click here to view the VLGA's upcoming gender-specific (women's) pre-candidate training.