Returning councillor program

Returning councillor program

Refresh your skills and knowledge with our tailored program of support for returning councillors

Program overview

This three month program is designed to refresh the skills and knowledge of returning councillors. It covers the hot button topics like social media and leading in times of uncertainty.

The program is delivered in a hybrid learning format. It combines self-paced content with small group interactive learning opportunities and is ideal for councillors in their second or third term.

It is designed to boost your capacity to govern in a complex environment and magnify your impact as a local community leader. Our program is the ideal companion to in-house induction training.

Download the detailed program here.

Who should do this program?

This program is ideal for local councillors who have been re-elected in the local government elections in December 2021. This could be your second, third or fourth term in office. It is perfect for returning councillors who:

  • want to learn practical strategies to govern in a complex environment
  • wish to refresh their skills and knowledge on the core competencies of being a councillor
  • want to amplify their leadership skills for maximal effect
  • want to network with other experienced and committed councillors
  • like a mix of self-led content and interactive sessions
  • come with a collaborative and growth mindset

Program outcomes

By the end of this program, you will:

  • boost your capacity to govern in a complex and uncertain environment
  • understand recent changes to the NSW local government and planning framework
  • know the risks of using social media and how to best manage your presence on these platforms
  • hone core leadership skills to make an impact in this term
  • have clarity about your purpose for the remainder of the term 

Program details

The program contains three core modules that cover the core competencies of being a local councillor and explore some of the challenges of governing in today’s complex and uncertain world. These build on the foundational knowledge and practical experience councillors have already gained through life in public office.

  • Module 1 – Leading your community with integrity and purpose in times of uncertainty
  • Module 2 – Keeping up to date with changes in the NSW planning and local government system
  • Module 3 – Cultivating a culture of good governance in the social media age

Each month a module will be released that will include self-led content. This may include watching videos, reading material and reflecting on your experience. For each module you will be set a short task and will apply the learning in real life.

At the start of each month there will be a 1.5 hour interactive online small group learning session held by Zoom. This session will focus on the monthly topic and will be an opportunity for councillors to ask questions and apply your learnings in a confidential setting.

To maximise engagement and learning opportunities, the program is limited to 10 councillors per group. You gain access to an exclusive Linkedin group to connect with each other and share content.

The program starts in May 2022 and ends in July 2022.

Enrolments open now!

Program launches 1 August 2022

Enrol and pay before 30 June 2022 to secure a 20% early bird discount

Your facilitators

Your lead facilitator for this program will be Emma. She will be joined by Cinnamon and Anna. Together, we will support you to continue your leadership journey in public office. Here’s what others have to say about our training: 

“I loved all the training and this new knowledge has given me more confidence in my role as an elected councillor and better equips me to be a stronger voice for our community.”

Emma Broomfield Locale Learning

Emma Broomfield

Governance & Conflict Specialist

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.

Cinnamon Dunsford

Planning & Engagement Expert

Cinnamon is a certified practising planner and community engagement specialist with an exceptional knowledge of the NSW planning system. Her love is community led and grassroots planning. Cinnamon is known for her fantastic facilitation skills and ability to transform community dreams into action. She works closely with councils and communities to align visions and aspirations with practical solutions.

Anna Miley Mindset Coach


Mindset & Mindfulness Coach

Anna Miley is an accredited exercise physiologist, yoga therapist and mindset coach who works with leaders to create successful balance in their lives. Anna’s professional mission is to educate on the power of self-care in leadership. She has a deep understanding of the impact of stress on the body and the mind, and how to boost performance through mindfulness techniques. Anna is a highly experienced teacher and facilitator.

Benefits of the program

Empowering you to succeed – the program is designed for returning councillors who want to magnify their impact in civic office and learn practical strategies to manage some of the pressures.

Small online group – each program is limited to 10 people. You will make connections with peers from other councils and use shared experiences to deepen your knowledge.

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

Frequently asked questions

Is this right for my skill level?

This program is ideal for returning councillors who want to magnify their impact and build on the foundational skills and knowledge gained during their earlier terms in public office.

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

When does the program start and end?

The program starts on 1 August 2022 and ends on 31 October 2022.

When is the interactive online session?

The interactive sessions will be held on the second Thursday of the month at 12.30pm.

You will be sent a Zoom link for these sessions after enrolment.

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 be part of the program but can’t make it by emailing us at

You will be the first to know when our next program is released.

How long do I have access to the content?

After enrolling in the program, you will have access to the self-led content for one year.

Who will I be learning with?

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

How much is it?

This program is $1,500(+gst) per councillor. If you are a local council looking to supplement your induction training with this program for the whole elected body, please get in touch with Emma at or 0421 180 881 to discuss your needs.

What do I need?

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

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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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Program launches 1 August 2022

Enrol and pay before 30 June 2022 to secure a 20% early bird discount

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