Women in Local Government- Professional Development

Professional Development opportunities:

  • From time to time, ALGWA SA holds workshops e.g. understanding council budgets, bullying. Check the Events section of our website. Women and Men Councillors and ALGWA SA members are sent information about any workshops by email.
    • Local Government Association SA may have training suitable for women councillors- look for Local Government Association (LGA) circulars and training opportunities on the LGA website: http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/page.aspx
  • Pre- council elections, ALGWA SA holds regional information sessions for women candidates and provides resources during a Council Election year to encourage more women to stand for council.

The United Nations defines 30% as the minimal percentage of women required for government to reflect women’s concerns.

ALGWA SA and the Local Government Association SA implemented strategies to increase the representation of women (and other minority groups not well represented on councils) from previous 2014 election 29% women elected to councils to 34.5 % (highest female representation in South Australia history).