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Leading in Local Government



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On Campus (Sydney)


6 wks


Avg 20 hrs/wk

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This microcredential is designed to build your leadership capacity and capability to be a purposeful, inclusive leader who can lead for impact. It is grounded in local government context and is based on evidence and rigour, drawing on cutting edge leadership theory and practices.

About this microcredential

This microcredential offers a comprehensive understanding of the skills you need to be an empowering and impactful leader in local government settings. Explore what it means to lead with strategy and empathy in times of crisis, from understanding the role of government in the political and social context, to empowering others to achieve.

You will learn about key governance structures, management theory and contemporary leadership frameworks in local government. You will also learn the skills necessary for formulating and implementing strategic plans in response to pressing local challenges, enabling you to drive positive change and deliver sustainable outcomes for communities.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to equip you to:

  • Develop an understanding of the role of local government in the broader political and social context and your leadership purpose within that
  • Develop your skills around strategic leadership and leadership impact.  

This microcredential aligns with the 6-credit point subject, Leading in Local Government (15610) in the Graduate Certificate in Local Government (C11053), Graduate Diploma in Local Government (C06033) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a sub-major in Local Government Leadership.

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

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A digital badge and certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the relevant assessment requirements and attainment of learning outcomes of the microcredential.  

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Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is designed for public sector professionals who want to develop personal and professional leadership capabilities in management positions. The course is suitable for those who:

  • Hold (or are about to take up) a supervisory or management position
  • Aspire to a more senior and/or broader leadership role
  • Wish to develop personal leadership effectiveness  
  • Seek career progression.  


Full price: $3,569 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This course is structured into five modules.

  • Module 1 – Leading in Uncertainty

This module explores the context of change, how to lead in times of crisis, leadership challenges, mindsets and personal & professional values

  • Module 2 – Leading in Local Government

This module explores the role of local government in the broader political and social context, the principles and practices of local government (incl history, role & importance), the role of self and purpose in this structure.

  • Module 3 – Leading for Impact

This module explores mission and vision and the role of collective and collaborative leadership, shared values and leadership impact through the lens of management theory and structures.

  • Module 4 – Leading with Strategy

The central role of strategy and purpose and creating high impact ways of working is the focus of this module.

  • Module 5 – Leading to Empower

This module explores relational leadership and how to lead with influence, empathy, the importance of communication, innovative ways of thinking, being and doing, self-reflection through the lens of management theories and structures.

Course delivery

This course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows you to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. You will challenge your understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

Course learning objectives

As a result of successfully completing this microcredential, you should:

  • Have grown in confidence to lead in uncertainty and through change
  • Understand and be positioned to grow your leadership impact
  • Actively contribute to the development of collective and collaborative leadership within the council
  • Have a deeper understanding of the principles and practice of local government and how it has evolved over time
  • Have developed an understanding of management theory and structures
  • Have developed the skills of strategic leadership
  • Have learned a suite of strategies to empower others to achieve.


Assessment one (individual) – weighting 40%

This task requires you to research an area of leadership interest within your council and present your findings as a case study example for leadership in local government.

Assessment two (individual) – weighting 60%

This assignment allows you to demonstrate what you have learned about 
leading strategically, with purpose and creating high impact ways of leading.


To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom

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Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.