What is Local Government?

Local Government is the third level of government in the Australian Federal system. Local Government is the tier of government that touches people most closely. In Victoria, there are 79 councils, representing around five million people.

Local Government has a significant impact on the lives of all Victorians. It provides for the peace, order and good government of its municipal area, delivers services and facilities for the community and manages the resources of the district.

Services provided by councils are diverse. They include property, economic, human, recreational and cultural services. Councils also enforce state and local laws relating to such matters as land use planning, environment protection, public health, traffic and parking and animal management. With so many services to provide, it is not surprising that there are a large number of career opportunities on offer within Local Government.

Benefits of working in Local Government

Most councils offer their employees opportunities to:

  • work closely with the community and respond to people’s needs; 
  • negotiate flexible working arrangements, allowing for flexi-time, part-time work, job sharing and working from home options; 
  • be involved in ongoing learning and development;
  • undertake further study;
  • undertake a diverse range of tasks and become multi-skilled through contact and co-operation with other functional areas;
  • grow and progress throughout the organisation and have 79 possible employers; and
  • take part in employee health and recreation programs.

If you want to contribute to the growth and wellbeing of the community then local government may be the perfect career choice.