LG Finance Professionals Network PD Day

LG Professionals WA has engaged a range of speakers to present on a variety of topics at this event including representatives from key organisations engaged with local governments.

This informative workshop is suitable for all local government officers working within the finance environment and those in roles that incorporate financial responsibilities.
The workshop will provide a focus on some key areas and issues in local government. Session presenters will provide clarity and enhanced understanding on these issues and will answer questions from workshop delegates.

Workshop Program

10.15am   Welcome - Dean Winter, Chairperson, Finance Professionals Network

10.30am   Auditing local government, Sandra Labuschagne, Deputy Auditor General, Office of the Auditor General
It's been over 18 months since the Auditor General received a mandate to audit all WA local governments and regional councils. Deputy Auditor General Sandra Labuschagne will provide an update on the process so far and briefly talk about recently tabled reports including the first local government Audit Results report - Annual 2017-18 Financial Audits, Records Management in Local Government and Management of Supplier Master Files.
City of South Perth auditing journey 2017/18 Colin Cameron, Director Corporate Services, City of South Perth
Throughout the auditing process a myriad of information and records are scrutinized to ensure that compliance and good governance practices are being adopted and followed. Colin Cameron will present on the City of South Perth's auditing journey, detailing what did and didn't go well, the value of the insights generated by the audit and the recommendations made to the City.

11.30am  Financial Ratios, Mike Cole, Town of Victoria Park, Dean Winter, Shire of Harvey and Tanya Browning, Moore Stephens
Have you ever wondered about the purpose of financial ratios and if anyone reads them? Auditors have been telling us for years about our ratios and commenting when they observe any adverse trends. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is using them on the Mycouncil website as a measure of sustainability, and the Office of the Auditor General is now commenting on them in their reports to Parliament creating a renewed focus. During this session, we will discuss some practical examples and explore what local governments have done to address them. Delegates will also hear details about a project to review ratios during the second phase of the LG Act review.

12.00pm   Lunch

1.00pm     New Accounting Requirements for Local Government Russell Barnes, Moore Stephens
Several new accounting standards applied to local government from the 1 July 2019. The way local government recognises income and leases has changed. These changes impact the way contract services, grants, contributions, rates in advance and leases are accounted for. These changes might have an impact on your 2019-20 budget, annual financial reports for 2018-19 and monthly management reporting.

2.00pm    Local Government update, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries representative
DLGSC will provide an update on current issues affecting the local government sector in WA, what's new and what can local government officers expect for the next 12 months.           

2.30pm     Afternoon Tea

2.45pm     What is Wellness? - maintaining your own wellbeing and achieving a balance Q&A Session facilitated by Candy Choo, LG Professionals WA
This session will explore the importance of; self-care, maintaining your own wellbeing, and tools for achieving work-life balance.

3.45pm     Close

When and where:


Friday 23 August 2019




Ken Jackman Hall
Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre
Chisham Ave & Robbos Way
Kwinana Town Centre WA 6167
(Between the Kwinana Public Library and the Dome Café)

Cost (incl GST)

Member:    $70
Council Member:    $80
Non-member    $90

Registrations close

Monday 19 August 2019

* Please click here to see if your local government is a Corporate Council Member.
Please email events@lgprofessionalswa.org.au for your Corporate Council Member discount code.

Program Information as a pdf:

Event Program Flyer.