The Centre operates a register of consultants drawn from within the University and from relevant industry bodies to provide expert consultancy, training and advisory services to local government organisations throughout Australia.

Some of the consultancy projects undertaken by the Centre and its members for councils include advising on:

  • local government amalgamations
  • purchaser/provider splits
  • methodologies for local economic development strategies for local government
  • award restructuring
  • restructuring outcomes.


The UNE Business School at the University of New England, in association with the UNE Centre for Local Government, offers 3 levels of graduate qualification designed for local government.

The first is a Local Government Stream within the Masters of Business Administration degree program. Students focussing on local government are encouraged to develop a major in Public Sector Management, with core units in Organisational Behaviour, Australian Political Institutions, Business and Government in Australia and Public Policy Analysis, and elective units covering a wide suite of fields, including Executive Leadership, Advanced Financial Accounting, Corporate Accounting, Auditing, Methods in Organisational Research and Project Management, as well as the core module in Local Government written by Professor Brian Dollery.

Second, the UNE Business School offers a Graduate Diploma in Management that can be tailored to suit the needs of local government practitioners/researchers. The course runs for one trimester. Students select 8 units from approximately 60 units offered by the UNE Business School. This degree serves as an entry point for the Master of Business Administration.

Third, the UNE Business School also offers a number of Graduate Certificates in Management including Graduate Certificates in Human Resource Management, Project Management and a Graduate Diploma in Management. For information on any of these courses, please follow the links provided.

Other Schools and Centres within UNE offer graduate programs of interest to practitioners in the local government sector. The School of Human and Environmental Studies offers a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning with Honours.

The School of Environmental and Rural Science offers both a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources and a Graduate Diploma in Natural Resources.

The University of New England's education and training company UNE Partnerships offers a number of other courses for Professional Development in local government. More information on these courses can be accessed here.