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New Councillor Resources


Congratulations on your election to Council.

LGAT is pleased to present the first of our new resources for councillors.

While these are primarily targeted at first time councillors, over the next 12 months we will be addressing a range of topics in greater depth and hope that these resources are useful for all Elected Members.

We would like to thank the Local Government Division at the Department of Premier and Cabinet for their support and assistance with the development of these resources.


About LGAT

LGAT is the peak body for all Tasmanian councils.  For over 100 years we have served councils through our advocacy, professional development offerings, resources and other activities.

Our CEO provides a brief overview here but for more information please see About Us section of the Website






About the Local Government Division

There is often confusion between the role of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and the Local Government Division (LGD) of State Government – in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.  The Director of Local Government, Alex Tay, provides an overview of the LGD for you here but further information can also be found at






Guides for Councillors

LGAT has updated two key resources for those newly elected to councils:

1)    The Mayoral Handbook  

2)    The  Councillor Resource Kit  

These provide a good introduction to key roles and responsibilities.

In addition, the Local Government Division, with support from LGAT, produced the Good Governance Guide which is a really useful resource for both new and more experienced Elected Members.


Training for New Elected Members

LGAT offers a range of professional development opportunities to Elected Members each year.  These are promoted through our Pulse e-newsletter and are on our website under Events, and in the LGAT Events Calendar.

You may be particularly interested in the following:

LG101  – An introduction to Local Government for newly elected Councillors and Mayors.
17 November  9.30am-4.30pm
The Tramsheds Launceston

Mayor’s Professional Development Day
6 December

Elected Members Professional Development Weekend
23-24 March

Land Use Planning Training for Elected Members
South, North and North-west
Details to be finalised.

Audit Panel Forum
Details to be finalised

LGAT Annual Conference
Hobart – Wrest Point
3-5 July 2019

The Local Government Association of NSW (LGNSW) has developed a Local Government Capability Framework which outlines core capabilities required of officers, managers, councillors and mayors.  This may be a useful tool to use when contemplating what professional development to undertake.

To access the capability framework, click here.

Another resource which may be useful is the LGAT  Induction Checklist. 


Coming Soon

In late November we will be loading additional resources on here including:

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Code of Conduct
  • Compliance with the Local Government Act
  • Meeting Procedures
  • Effective Relationships
  • Introduction to Land Use Planning
  • Chairing a Meeting

Before the end of the year we will add content on:

  • Local Government Planning, Accountability and Reporting
  • Financial Management and Budgets
  • Asset Management

And in the first half we will provide information on a range of key policy areas.  Watch this space.


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