University of Technology Sydney

C11215v4 Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership (GradCertLGLdshp)
CRICOS code: 087649F
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


This course explores the trends, challenges and opportunities of leading in local government. It helps build advanced skills and knowledge to enable current and aspiring local government leaders to make a greater contribution to improving economic, social, environmental and governance performance of their organisations for the benefit of communities now and into the future.

The course is tailored to the local government environment and allows current and aspiring leaders to develop contextual understanding and professional capabilities necessary for leadership in the public sector. There is a particular focus on the need for local government leaders to understand and demonstrate commitment to the production of 'public value' (Moore 1995); outcomes that are truly valued in the community.

The course offers the opportunity to undertake an education program that responds to individual needs as well those in the workplace and the broader community. Subjects involve intensive block mode workshops, action learning, self-directed study, scenario-based challenges and a real-life community leadership project.

Course aims

The course aims to provide students with knowledge, skills, capabilities and practices of local government leadership, with particular reference to their own organisation and community. Students also develop the learning skills that allow them to continue their own professional development through short courses or further academic study.

Career options

Career options include local government managers in councils and elected members.

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.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

In addition to one of the above qualifications, applicants need to provide:

  • a personal statement explaining their reasons for wanting to study the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership
  • a CV clearly articulating local government sector related work with a minimum experience of two years.

Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on the ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.

Applicants need to provide:

  • a CV clearly articulating relevant experience
  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) explaining the reasons for wanting to study the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership. If applicable, detail should be provided about general or professional qualifications that demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have completed relevant previous studies (such as relevant postgraduate studies at a recognised institution or eligible UTS short courses) may apply to the course coordinator for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Course duration and attendance

The course may be completed on a half-year full-time basis, or on a one-year, part-time basis, with students undertaking two subjects a session, or on a two-year, part-time basis, with students undertaking one subject a session.

Course structure

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

Course completion requirements

15618 Contemporary Local Government Leadership 6cp
15610 Leading in Local Government 6cp
15616 Community Leadership Project 6cp
Select 6 credit points of options: 6cp
15622 Enhancing Local Government Service Delivery6cp 
15609 Local Environmental Management6cp 
15604 Local Government Principles and Practice6cp 
15325 Negotiation and Conflict Management6cp 
15608 Organising and Managing in Local Government6cp 
15315 Project Management Principles6cp 
15602 Social Planning and Community Development6cp 
15603 Strategic Planning6cp 
15336 Systems Thinking for Managers6cp 
15617 Team Building and Leadership6cp 
15606 Vocational Competencies 16cp 
Total 24cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

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