Government & Defence
Local Government Officer
Local government officers work to ensure council policies are put into practice, and that services for the community are properly provided.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Local Government Officer do?
Local government officers work to ensure council policies are put into practice, and that services for the community are properly provided. Local government officers work across many areas of council including community development, waste & recycling, parks & wildlife, and streets, roads & parking.
As a local government officer, you would:
- write reports and discussion papers in the area in which you work
- give presentations
- deal with enquiries from the public and other council staff
- give advice on issues
- deal with budgets and project funding
- manage projects
- supervise clerical staff
Your daily responsibilities will vary depending on the level of your role.
Key skills and interests
To become a local government officer, you would need:
- excellent communication skills
- a high level of planning and organisation
- the ability to deal with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
- problem solving skills
- good customer service skills.
Working hours and conditions
As a local government officer you would usually work standard business hours, Monday to Friday. Depending upon the hours your council operates you may need to work some evenings or Saturdays.
You would be based in the council offices, and may be in an area the public has access to. You may also travel round your local government area for meetings or site visits as necessary.
How to become an Local Government Officer?
Entry Level Education
No formal qualifications are required to work as a local government officer. You would receive training on the job. A VET qualification in local government, specialising in regulatory services or health and environment may improve your chances of a role in this occupation.
You may also become a local government inspector through a traineeship in Local Government (Health and Environment/Regulatory Services). Generally employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
To work within local government, you may need to undergo a National Police Check and medical assessment. A current drivers' licence for cars and/or motorcycles may be required.
The number of employment opportunities for local government officers is expected to remain relatively stable.
Local government officers are employed by local councils, and will continue to be needed to formulate policy and procedures, enforce rules and regulations, and advise on matters in their area of expertise.
Opportunities for local government officers in the future may be influenced by proposed local council amalgamations in some states of Australia.