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Local Government Sector

The UTS Centre for Local Government (UTS:CLG), part of the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG), is the only university unit in Australia, and one of a few worldwide, that designs, develops and delivers courses that are tailor-made to the education, training and development needs of professionals and elected representatives in the local government sector. Our degree courses are developed after extensive local government consultation and are designed to make maximum benefit of the knowledge gained from the Centre's concurrent research and consultancy activities.
It is our objective that our degree course graduates will be 'learned practitioners' - practical and professional in their work, with the relevant skills and knowledge to perform effectively in local government. Our courses provide the most up-to-date knowledge on local government, from Australia and around the world. Sessions are presented by expert practitioners who work,  in or with local councils. Programs are offered in an interactive workshop style, and students typically remark on the real benefits of shared learning with a group of local government colleagues.
Many of our degree courses offer various study patterns. Many subjects can also be taken as 'stand-alone' short courses if you are not quite ready to enrol into a postgraduate degree, and flexible options for distance and workplace learning can be arranged with the Course Coordinator. Completion of our current postgraduate degrees can also provide a pathway to further study.

What do people think of our courses? 

Find out what students say about our courses by reading some recent student testimonials and watching the below video. 

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Not in Sydney?

Even if you don't reside in Sydney, you can still study with us. Our flexible block-delivery means you only need to attend face-to-face study for five to six days per subject each session (semester). The face-to-face sessions are usually in two blocks of consequtive days (two or three days each block, usually one to two months apart). The remainder of the session you will be actively involved in self-directed study and online discussions with your fellow students. Read more and see sample programs.


Our Postgraduate Degrees

Master of Local Government   

Unique in Australia, this program is aimed at tomorrow’s local government leaders. It provides graduates with the knowledge to better understand the issues, build skills and to rise to leadership in the workplace. 

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Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management

This program focuses on organisational management in a local government environment. Learn about what local government is, what it does, and how it can perform better in order to deliver quality outcomes for your community. 

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Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership

Through this program, students learn to rise to leadership in the context of local government. Importantly, you will gain insights into the role of local government in shaping and building places and communities. 

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Graduate Certificate in Development Assessment

This course builds capacity for delivering better planning & building outcomes through more effective development assessment and is designed for those seeking to become leaders in the field. 

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Short Courses

Not certain you want to enrol into a postgraduate degree quite yet? We also offer a extensive range of short courses which can provide a pathway to our postgraduate awards. Students who successfully camplete one (or more) of our eligible short courses may be able to gain credit towards our postgraduate degrees. For more information please contact us. 


How to Apply

Applications are now open for 2017! 

Main application closing dates:

  • Autumn session 2017: 31 January 2017.
  • Spring session 2017: 30 June 2017.  

Note: Applications can be made after the main closing date and will be considered subject to availability of places.  

Enrolment is by direct application to UTS. Please request an application package to get started. 

Contact Us

Make an online enquiry


If you have any questions or wish to request an application package please contact us by email or telephone:
UTS Centre for Local Government 
Academic Programs Officer
Tel: +61 2 9514 1659

UTS Alumni Advantage

UTS Alumni Advantage Study SavingsAre you a UTS graduate, or about to become one, and thinking of further study? From 2017 UTS alumni and students who complete a degree or award qualification at UTS will automatically save 10% on eligible degree programs through the UTS Alumni Advantage program. The saving applies to full fee paying degrees and courses.

For further information visit alumni.uts.edu.au/advantage or ask UTS:CLG for more details.