SOLGM's LG How Local Government Works (LGHowLocalGovernmentWork┬«) programme is a fantastic online suite of e-learning courses aimed at introducing both new and existing employees to the legislative environment of local government.

The programme was launched in October last year and already over 50% of councils have subscribed and are rolling it out as part of their induction programme.

The programme comprises six e-learning courses, covering a variety of topics and providing an understanding of what makes local government different from any other sector.

There's something for everyone, as the programme has been specifically designed in such a way that it can form part of a standard council induction programme for all staff, regardless of their role, location or area of expertise. The programme is also beneficial for those moving to a new role in a different area of local government.

The programme comprises six parts:

Part 1: An introduction to the local government sector

Part 2: Governance

Part 3: Working together

Part 4: Planning and accountability

Part 5: Regulation and compliance

Part 6: Financial management and funding

View the programme information sheet 


  • It gave a broad overview of a variety of important topics of the role and function of local government.
  • The content is broad and high level. The step-through process in the screens is interesting and keeps you engaged. The bite sized chunks of information between quizzes is manageable for an online course. I find it hard to fault.
  • The course provided a very helpful foundation for my new role in local government.

For more information about SOLGM's e-learning programmes, or e-learning in general the team by email