University of Technology Sydney

C11053v5 Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management (GradCertLGM)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. Check with your faculty's student centre.

This course is not offered to international students.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Exit award
Other information


Today's local government manager must have a high level of professional expertise together with a broad range of managerial skills and a sound understanding of the special characteristics of local government. The Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management is tailored to the local government environment, allowing managers to meet their differing professional needs, while keeping up-to-date with the latest issues.

Tailored to the local government environment, the course enables participants to build an education program that responds to individual needs as it allows students to develop a study plan that matches the requirements of their professional development. Subjects can be studied in the workplace, through intensive block release. The course can also be used as a stepping stone to a Master of Local Government (C04257).

Career options

The course is particularly suited to local government middle-tier managers and unit leaders who wish to advance their careers. It is also highly recommended for public administrators from other tiers of government and professionals from the non-government sector who work in partnership with local councils for the benefit of local and regional communities.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Consider issues with an attitude that is open, ethical and fosters cultural competence across diversity
A.2 Assume a convincing role in identifying and addressing issues in local government
C.1 Communicate and engage effectively with people from diverse perspectives and cultures, acknowledging the status of Indigenous peoples in so doing
C.2 Synthesise and deliver well-informed, engaging and effective written and oral presentations, including the use of online platforms
C.3 Collaborate effectively within teams, including exercising leadership skills
I.1 Question, challenge and develop new perspectives on current local domestic and international practice relevant to local government
I.2 Develop innovative approaches to local governance, management and/or leadership practices
P.1 Apply understandings of contemporary theories of governance, management and/or leadership to local government and adjacent organisations, including Indigenous perspectives and organisations
R.1 Undertake applied research to inform governance, management and/or leadership practice
R.2 Develop innovative approaches to local governance, management and/or leadership practices

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

The course comprises 24 credit points, made up of four subjects.

Course completion requirements

15608 Organising and Managing in Local Government 6cp
15604 Local Government Principles and Practice 6cp
Select 12 credit points of options: 12cp
15610 Leading in Local Government6cp 
15609 Local Environmental Management6cp 
15602 Social Planning and Community Development6cp 
15603 Strategic Planning6cp 
15606 Vocational Competencies 16cp 
15607 Vocational Competencies 26cp 
Total 24cp

Exit award

With prior approval, students who have completed 24 credit points of study in the Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management (C06033) can exit their studies with a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS: Institute for Public Policy and Governance
email Academic Programs Officer
telephone + 61 2 9514 1659