Local Government

The Local Government sector forms part of the third tier of the Australian Government system behind Federal and State and it provides local leadership, economic and infrastructure development and an increasing range of social services and functions for the local community. The Local Government, also known as local Council or Shire, are often the major employer in regional and remote communities.

What does this industry cover?

Local Government has a presence in every community in Australia and their staff structure may vary but all comprise of elected representatives, council staff and administration/corporate services.

Each Local Government is specific to their community’s particular requirements but can offer services in any combination such as: Infrastructure and property services, delivery of recreation facilities, health services, community services, building services, planning and development approval, administration of facilities, cultural facilities and services, and water and sewerage services.

Job hunting preparation

Local Government offer career pathways for graduates, cadetships, apprenticeships and traineeships including school based. You can also complete work experience whilst at school or university. There are over 120 diverse apprenticeships available nationally throughout the local government network.

Employers in this sector would like candidates to have skills in: resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility, teamwork and communication, analytical thinking and innovation, and emotional intelligence.

Information for further research

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2021, commencements were: 54

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2021 in this industry have increased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are meduim to high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a medium to large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

In the next 5 years, change in employment in this industry is predicted to increase.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium to high.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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