Excellence in Local Government Leadership

About the Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program

“It [ELGLP] demonstrates and encourages local innovation! Strong conversations about co-design, citizen centred policy development, collaboration and managing public value.”
ELGLP 2011 Alumni

ACELG partners with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) to deliver a cutting edge leadership program for the local government constituency which aims to enhance professionalism and skills in local government, showcase innovation and best practice, and facilitate a better-informed policy debate.

Program overview 

The program challenges current leaders to set the agenda for local government reform in the 21st century. An emphasis is placed on strategic leadership, collaborative governance with other governments, citizens and stakeholders and innovative service delivery.

ELGLP will tackle many of the fundamental questions confronting local government managers who are seeking to build a culture of problem-solving at a local level. The program will also consider the role that local government can play in:

  • harnessing the resources of the community to collectively determine public value and to source and diffuse innovation
  • being a collaborator of first resort in local and regional policy and delivery networks
  • being a learning organisation and knowledge broker
  • being an employer of choice.

Crucially, this program involves understanding local government as an engine room of economic growth and public value creation. The aim is to provide leaders with a dynamic forum for building networks and a shared commitment to delivering world class local governance.


  • Understanding policy contexts and building strong working relationships
  • Leading and managing change and forging a strong CEO-Mayor relationship
  • Creating and delivering public value
  • Understanding localism
  • Problem solving in multi-level governance

The course is designed specifically for senior executives and elected members in local government in Australia and New Zealand.

Reasons to attend

Participants will:

  • gain an enhanced understanding of the interplay of the political, policy, demographic and social contexts facing local government
  • gain access to frameworks and knowledge designed to assist in unpacking complex problems
  • gain greater understanding of the dynamic between national, state and local governments
  • develop networks across Australia and New Zealand
  • explore emerging issues that affect local governments
  • be exposed to the best of international and national academic

21 – 25 July, 2014.

For more information, including the course brochure and application form, visit the ANZSOG website.

News & Events

25 October 2013
The latest issue of Policy Studies investigates various aspects of localism with a focus on the UK and Australia. read more »
15 April 2013
Another successful ACELG-ANZSOG Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program (ELGLP) has concluded, with forty-five local government leaders from most states and the Northern Territory attending the Program in Canberra recently. read more »
14 March 2013
Forty-four local government leaders will participate in the Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program for a week commencing Monday 18th March. The program is joint initiative of the ACELG and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. read more »
24 July 2011 , University House, ANU, Canberra
Module 1 of the Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program was successfully delivered to 41 participants last week. read more »


Rosie Colosimo
ANZSOG ELGLP Participant Coordinator
Phone Number: +61 3 8344 1909