Becoming a Councillor

Next date: Monday, 22 July 2024 | 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM


Run by the VLGA, this session covers all the foundations of becoming a councillor.

Prospective candidates will learn about their legal and regulatory obligations, participatory decision making, the importance of Codes of Conduct and essential community leadership skills that promote and model good governance.

Numbers are limited, register today.

About the VLGA

The Victorian Local Governance Association is an independent organisation supporting councils and councillors by providing  opportunities for councillor networking, professional development and information exchange. They actively engage with key policymakers and broader stakeholders to inform, influence and lead the conversations that determine the priorities for the local government sector in Victoria and support good governance at the local level.


Rhys Thomas
Head of Local Government Programs and Policy
Victorian Local Governance Association

With a career spanning 30 years in local government, Rhys has held roles in corporate planning, economic development, social research, media, communications and community development. Rhys has held senior management roles in governance at three different Councils and is the VLGA’s Head of Local Government Programs and Policy.

Holding a planning degree from RMIT and a law degree from Monash University, Rhys is recognised as a leading thinker and problem solver in local government circles. He is often called upon to provide advice and to act as a sounding board for governance practitioners across the sector and enjoys sharing and applying what he has learned to support councils and elected representatives - councillors - to deliver positive outcomes for their local communities through high performance leadership and effective governance.

Other information sessions

  • Council is also offering an information session for prospective candidates to hear from Councillors about their experience as women representing local community. Read about Life as a Woman Councillor facilitated by the VLGA.
  • In partnership with Council, the Municipal Association of Victoria is hosting regional information sessions. The metropolitan north session Stand for Council session will be held on 18 July at Town Hall Broadmeadows. 


  • Monday, 22 July 2024 | 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Online via Zoom