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Overview

The Local Goverment sector (what we call local councils or shires) may have once been mainly involved in 'roads, rates and rubbish removal', but they now provide local leadership in community, economic and infrastructure development.  

They offer an increasing range of social services and functions that may once have been performed by the states or Australian government.

What does this industry cover?

  • Administration
  • Planning
  • Waste & land management
  • Health and environment
  • Regulatory services
  • Operational works
  • Community services

Industry Information

There are over 562 councils & shires across Australia, the majority of which are regional or rural. The local government sector employs approximately 192,500 persons across Australia in some 400 different occupations.

Local governments are often significant employers and require a diverse workforce that encompasses a wide range of occupations. Therefore working at your local council can offer diverse and rewarding job opportunities.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements year to March 2018: 82

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 26/09/2018. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Local Government Environmental Administration Officer

Local Government Operations Worker

Local Government Regulatory Officer

Coordinator Road Maintainence Worker

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry Group

Government, Schools, Public Safety & Corrections

Work Types

Helping & Advising

Organising & Clerical

Practical & Manual

Ready to see where Local Governments can take you?

Career Pathways

The  Local Governments has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research

Information

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.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • Local Government Association NSW (LGNSW)
  • Local Government Association NT (LGANT)
  • Local Government Association QLD (LGAQ) 
  • Local Government Association SA (LGASA) 
  • Local Government Association Tasmania (LGAT)
  • Local Government Association WA (WALGA)
  • Municipal Association of Victoria  (MAV) 
  • Australian Local Government Association (ALGA)

Other useful links

  • Skills IQ