Local government is a significant employer in Australia—particularly in regional areas—offering opportunities for employment across a wide range of occupations. This report on the profile of the local government workforce has been written to support the National Workforce Strategy developed for the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) by Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) National Office, and should be read in conjunction with this Strategy (LGMA & ACELG 2013). Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, and ACELG Survey data on the local government workforce from 2013 have been synthesised in constructing this profile.
The report – Australia's first extensive profile of the local government workforce – confirms that local government is an Australian powerhouse, punching above its weight in terms of its contribution to the nation's economy and social fabric, particularly in regional, rural and remote Australia.
ACELG will continue to undertake further research, in partnership with the local government sector, on the key issues raised by this report. Along with stakeholders, ACELG intends to play a leading role in response to key findings in this report and continue to implement the National Strategy through its research and program activities.