The induction is a free online course which is mandatory for individuals who are considering running for election as a local council member.
The aim of the induction is to assist individuals to understand both the role they will be taking on if they are elected; and the laws that govern the way they must conduct their election campaign.
The induction provides a brief overview of:
- Local government
- The role of council and council members
- Election and campaigning rules, including gifts and social media.
The course takes approximately one hour to complete.
The Local Government Act 1995 requires that an individual must meet certain requirements to be a candidate in a local government election in WA . This includes the completion of the induction course.
Individuals who are intending to nominate as a candidate in a local government election must complete the induction prior to nominating.
This includes individuals who have previously been elected as a council member.
Current or former council members required to complete induction
The induction course is mandatory for current or former council members who intend to nominate for election and have not previously completed the induction.
The induction will serve as a refresher and provide new or updated information regarding the obligations of council members. Rules and expectations change, and there have been a number of legislative reforms in relation to local government in recent years. In addition, it may be a useful reminder about the laws governing a local election campaign.
The induction course is available online through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.
This allows individuals to complete the induction no matter where they are located at a time that suits their work and personal commitments.
The induction course is designed to help individuals understand the role and responsibilities of council members when considering whether to nominate for election.
There are quizzes included in the course to help individuals check their understanding of the information, but there is no test that individuals must pass to complete the induction.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can visit your local library or local government offices to get access to the induction.
Local governments are encouraged to make computer facilities available to support a diverse range of prospective candidates in their local community.
The online induction module is free.
Accessibility and inclusion
The induction has been designed to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 level AA as per the Accessibility and Inclusivity Standard.
If you need any assistance in accessing the induction, please contact the Department at LGTraining@dlgsc.wa.gov.au
Record of completion
At the end of the induction, individuals must ensure that they fill in the short e-form and click the ‘Register’ button so that their completion of the induction is registered with the Department. The individual should then receive a system-generated confirmation email which should be retained as a record of the induction.
Please note that email security systems may result in the confirmation email being filtered to a ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ folder, and it may be necessary to check that folder. If you are concerned that you did not receive the confirmation email, please contact the Department at LGTraining@dlgsc.wa.gov.au.
Individuals nominating for a local election are required to declare that they have undertaken the induction as part of completing their nomination form. The Department strongly recommends that individuals show a digital or print copy of their confirmation email when they submit their nomination to the Returning Officer.
It is an offence to make false or misleading statements on the nomination form and penalties may apply. This includes a fine up to $5000 or one-year imprisonment.
The Department can check registration data to verify whether an individual has completed the induction. The Department will audit induction records as required.
Local information sessions for prospective candidates
The Department encourages local governments to continue to offer information sessions for prospective candidates, if feasible to do so. These sessions can supplement the induction and provide specific information relevant to the local government area.
Further information available
If you have any queries, please contact the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries at LGTraining@dlgsc.wa.gov.au.