Professional development for councillors

Topic: Regulation

The Office of Local Government (OLG) is seeking feedback on the proposed Councillor Induction and Professional Development Guidelines.

Professional development for councillors

What's this about?

Amendments made to the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) in August last year by the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Act 2016 saw the inclusion in the prescribed role of councillors, under section 232 a responsibility to: "make all reasonable efforts to acquire and maintain the skills necessary to perform the role of a councillor”.

In support of this, the amendments allow regulations to be made for induction and other professional development for mayors and councillors.

OLG has prepared draft Councillor Induction and Professional Development Guidelines. The guidelines will assist councils to develop and deliver induction and ongoing professional development activities for their mayor and councillors in compliance with the proposed regulations. 

Have your say

You can submit your feedback via email by 16 March 2018.

Submissions should be labelled “Councillor Induction and Professional Development Guidelines Consultation” and marked to the attention of OLG’s Council Governance Team.

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Topic: Regulation