UTS Centre for Local Government


UTS Centre for Local Government
University of Technology, Sydney

PO Box 123
Broadway NSW 2007

Level 8, Building 10
235 Jones Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

Short Courses:
+61 2 9514 7884

Other Enquiries:
+61 2 9514 1659

Fax: +61 2 9514 2274
Email: clg@uts.edu.au

Latest News
Elected Members Program in Coffs Harbour

Posted January 2014 
A new offer of the Executive Certificate for Elected Members short course will commence in Coffs Harbour in February. This important accredited training program for NSW councillors is based on the new National Local Government Training Package Skills Set for Elected Members. Click here for further information.


UTS:CLG is the only university unit in Australia, and one of a few worldwide, that designs, develops and delivers courses that are tailor-made to the education, training and development needs of professionals and elected representatives in the local government sector.

Our degree courses are developed after extensive local government consultation and are designed to make maximum benefit of the knowledge gained from the Centre's concurrent research and consultancy activities.

It is our objective that our degree course graduates will be 'learned practitioners' - that is they will be practical and professional in their work and with the relevant skills and knowledge for them to perform effectively in local government. Hence, our courses provide the most up-to-date knowledge on local government, from Australia and around the world. Sessions are presented by expert practitioners who work, on a daily basis, in or with local councils. Programs are offered in an interactive workshop style, and students typically remark on the real benefits of shared learning with a group of local government colleagues.

Many of our degree courses offer various study patterns. Many subjects can also be taken as 'stand-alone' short courses, and flexible options for distance and workplace learning can be discussed with the Course Co-Ordinator on a case-by case basis. Completion of our current post-graduate degrees can also provide a pathway to further study.

Professional Development

The Centre provides top quality training that is recognised as part of our graduate programs. Only UTS offers this advantage to maximise long-term value for money. Upcoming training includes:

For more courses and further information please go to the course schedule. There is also an FAQ section for course enquiries.

Accredited Certifiers UTS: CLG offers a Certification Course approved by the Building Professionals Board. For further essential information about accreditation requirements and a registration form, go to the course schedule.  

Local Government NSW also offers training for Local Government. To access its training calendar please click here

Other News

National Study on Long-Term Renting
February 2014 | Dr Alan Morris, Associate Professor at UTS:CLG, has won a prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant to explore long-term private renting in Australia. The project titled ‘Stuck here forever? The dynamics and social consequences of long-term private renting in Australia’, will investigate the impact of long-term renting on the well-being of tenants and their capacity to make a home and exercise control over their circumstances.   Read More >

Elected Members Program in Coffs Harbour
January 2014 | A new offer of the Executive Certificate for Elected Members short course will commence in Coffs Harbour in February. This important accredited training program for NSW councillors is based on the new National Local Government Training Package Skills Set for Elected Members.  Read More >

LGMA NSW Integrated Planners' Network Forum
June 2013 | The UTS CLG hosted a forum this week in conjunction with the LGMA NSW Integrated Planners’ Network and the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure to explore the issue of strategic planning and engagement in local government. Read More >

UTS Helping to shape the future of NSW Communities
June 2013 | The Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS:CLG) has entered into a research partnership with the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure (the Department) to assist with the design and implementation of  the Department’s engagement strategy for A New Planning System for NSW White Paper.  Read More >

New Master of Local Government
May 2013 | The Centre for Local Government has recently launched the UTS Master of Local Government.This is a unique opportunity for Local Government employees to gain a qualification which focuses on their workplace needs.The program is part of the Centre’s ongoing commitment to building capacity in the sector. Read More >

Issue 12 – Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance
May 2013 | The latest issue of the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance has been published on the eve of the CLGF Research Colloquium, hosted by Ugandan Institute of Management on 13/14 May 2013 in Kampala, to launch the 2013 Commonwealth Local Government Conference. Read More >

Councils Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future – Release of the 2012 PCT Summary Report
May 2013 | The annual LGMA Australasian Management Challenge has in recent years included the participation of over 100 teams in Australia and New Zealand. Designed by the UTS:CLG for LGMA National the Challenge includes a substantial pre-challenge task which requires teams to undertake some investigation and problem-solving in their own councils. This report summarises the 2012 pre-challenge tasks submitted on the theme of 'Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future'. Download the report.

The Role of Local Government in Tasmania
May 2013 | The Tasmanian Minister for Local Government, Bryan Green MP, and the President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, Cr Barry Easther, on behalf of the Premier's Local Government Council have launched the second phase of the Role of Local Government project. The UTS Centre for Local Government contributed to this Discussion Paper which brings together the views of individuals and organisations associated with local government and provides different perspectives on each of the eight identified roles of local government. Read More >

Issues Paper 6 - Education and Training in Key Skills Shortage Areas
Jan 2013 | Prepared by the UTS:Centre for Local Government in consultation with key sector organisations, Issues Paper 6 from the Learning in Local Government series documents a national review of education and training in local government skills shortage areas. The research found that courses are generally more easily accessed in urban areas, that challenges exist in delivering training to rural and remote areas, as well as to smaller cohorts that may render required course development unviable. Download paper

Short Courses in Sustainable Transport
Jan 2013 | During 2013 the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS is offering two-day short courses in practice-based sustainable transport planning methods: one is developing Travel Plans for specific sites and precincts and the other is an introduction to transport and land-use relationships from a whole-of-system perspective. For more information and to register on-line visit shortcourses-bookings.uts.edu.au

Researching Creativity and Local Government with Marrickville Council
Jan 2013 | CLG is embarking on a project with Marrickville Council senior staff to explore what creativity might mean for the individual and the organisation.  The research will include a literature review on creativity and a 12 week Creativity Challenge based on the findings of this review. This research is designed to shape the measurement of the critical success factor ‘A Culture of Creativity and Innovation and Collaboration’ as part of the 2012/2013 Organisational Balanced Scorecard at Marrickville Council. Read More >

Australian Local Governments Invited to Play a Role in Reform in Indonesia
Dec 2012 | Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) and the UTS: Centre for Local Government will implement the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Local Government Planning and Budgeting in 2013, to assist local government practitioners in Indonesia improve accountability and systems to deliver services such as health, education, social welfare and sanitation. Download the media release here.

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