Councillor training heading into law
LEGISLATION was introduced to State Parliament in March proposing mandatory training for councillors, requiring candidates to complete an online induction before nominating for election, and complete five modules of training in the first year of office.
If it passes in time, it will be in place in time for this October’s elections.
“In previous years, when mandatory training had been proposed, there was quite a strong view from the sector it wasn’t necessarily required,” WALGA chief executive Nick Sloan said. “I’ve seen that shift significantly.”
Mr Sloan said the sector did not want to put off people from standing for local government, but rather give them a more solid understanding of what is required.
“The difference between local government and State Government elected members is if you get into council, straight away you’re making planning decisions and financial decisions,” he said. “There’s a lot more that’s expected and required.”
New WALGA CEO Nick Sloan. Picture: Andrew Ritchie