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Mastering your conflict of interest duties

Understand the rules for disclosing and managing different types of conflicts and what can go wrong

Masterclass overview

The proper disclosure and management of conflicts of interest is a core obligation of a local councillor under the Code of Conduct.

It is essential to build community trust in your decision making and in Council. In the worse case scenario, the failure to properly manage conflicts of interest can result in corrupt conduct and unlawful decision making. On a more personal level, it is likely to damage your reputation and can result in findings of misconduct and possibly criminal charges.

Given we are notoriously bad at seeing our own conflicts and there is a personal onus on councillors to know the rules, it is critical skill set for all councillors.

This interactive masterclass is based on real-life case studies from recent Tribunal decisions and includes practical examples of what goes wrong when the rules are not followed. 

The online masterclass is one hour with a maximum of 10 participants.

Who should do this masterclass?

This interactive masterclass is for:

  • newly elected local councillors who want to understand the rules on how to disclose and manage different types of conflicts and how to avoid common pitfalls
  • more experienced councillors who wish to deepen their knowledge on managing conflicts of interest

Masterclass outcomes

By the end of the masterclass, you will be able to:

  • Explain the core elements of a conflict of interest
  • Tell the difference between a pecuniary and non-pecuniary interest
  • Know how to disclose and manage these different types of conflicts based on your personal circumstances
  • Understand the consequences for you and others if you fail to comply with obligations under the Code

You can combine this masterclass with other induction programs offered by your local council or with our self-paced online courses.

New dates coming soon

Your facilitators

Your facilitator for this masterclass will be Emma. She brings practical experience in applying the Code of Conduct through reviewing complaints about the disclosure and management of conflicts of interest. 

Emma Broomfield Locale Learning

Emma Broomfield

Founder & Chief Educator

Emma is a qualified mediator and recovering lawyer with 20 years experience in the local government industry. Her passion is helping communities work better together. She strongly believes in the power of local leaders to transform local communities. As a Code of Conduct reviewer and experienced trainer, Emma brings unique insights into the challenges local councillors face. She is the lead educator and coach at Locale Learning.

Benefits of peer based learning

Small online group – our interactive masterclasses are limited to 10 people. You will make connections with peers from other councils and use shared experiences to develop your knowledge.

Short and concise sessions – our masterclasses are only one hour making them perfect to fit in around your busy schedule and other personal commitments.

Confidential and private setting – our sessions are run on a confidential basis. This creates a low stakes learning environment for you and others to openly share and learn. 

Our masterclasses will be held regularly on topics of interest for councillors. As you progress through your term in office you will find content matched to your leadership journey. Check our training calendar to book your next session.

Frequently asked questions

Is this right for my skill level?

This masterclass is ideal for newly elected councillors who want to be confident about the rules for disclosing and managing different types of conflicts and for more experienced councillors who wish to deepen their knowledge on the topic. 

If you’re not sure if this is for you, reach out to Emma directly for a no-obligation chat – or 0421 180 881.

What if I can’t attend at the scheduled time?

Bad timing? We don’t want you to miss out on this learning opportunity.

Let us know that you would love to attend a session but can’t make it by emailing us at

You will be the first to know our next masterclass is going live.

Who will I be learning with?

The masterclass is a small group learning experience with a maximum of 10 participants. You will be learning alongside other councillors from different places across Australia.

How much is it?

The masterclass is $100 (+gst) per person. If you are a local council looking to supplement your induction training with this session for the whole elected body, please get in touch with Emma at or 0421 180 881 to discuss your needs.

Is it recorded?

Our masterclasses are live and interactive. To create a confidential setting and maximise participation, we do not record the session.

How long is it?

The masterclass is one hour.

What do I need?

Just yourself, a device to access the Zoom session plus a notepad and pen.

I have an idea for a masterclass topic

We would love to hear from you! Please drop Emma an email at and share away.

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I've got more questions...

No problem! Book a time for a chat with Emma by emailing or call Emma directly on 0421 180 881- all questions welcome!

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