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Local Government IRC

The LGA04 Local Government Training Package includes the qualifications required to support the wide range of skills needed to run local government, including qualifications for:

  • Outdoor work
  • Specialist operational work
  • Administrative staff
  • Specialists in:
  • Planning
  • Regulatory services
  • Environmental matters

Industry Overview

Local government is the third tier of government in Australia, responsible for providing a range of local services, including:

  • Infrastructure and property services
  • Provision and maintenance of recreational facilities
  • Health services, including water and food inspection and immunisation services
  • Community services
  • Building services, planning and development
  • Cultural facilities and services

There are over 500 local governing bodies across Australia1 , the majority of which are regional or rural. Councils vary hugely in size. The average council population is 28,400.

Local government is funded by taxes (rates), user charges, and federal and state government grants.

The sector employs approximately 192,500 people in 400 different occupations. Local governments are often significant employers in their areas.

Qualifications

The VET qualifications that cater to this sector are:

LGA10104 Certificate I in Local Government
LGA10204 Certificate I in Local Government (Operational Works)
LGA20104 Certificate II in Local Government
LGA20204 Certificate II in Local Government (Operational Works)
LGA30104 Certificate III in Local Government
LGA30208 Certificate III in Local Government (Health and Environment)
LGA30304 Certificate III in Local Government (Operational Works)
LGA30404 Certificate III in Local Government (Regulatory Services)
LGA40104 Certificate IV in Local Government
LGA40204 Certificate IV in Local Government Administration
LGA40308 Certificate IV in Local Government (Health and Environment)
LGA40404 Certificate IV in Local Government (Operational Works)
LGA40504 Certificate IV in Local Government (Regulatory Services)
LGA40604 Certificate IV in Local Government (Land Management)
LGA40708 Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning)
LGA50104 Diploma of Local Government Administration
LGA50208 Diploma of Local Government (Health and Environment)
LGA50404 Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works)
LGA50508 Diploma of Local Government (Planning)
LGA50604 Diploma of Local Government (Regulatory Services)
LGA50712 Diploma of Local Government
LGA60104 Advanced Diploma of Local Government (Operational Works)
LGA70108 Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management.

Links to view and download the content for each of these qualifications may be found in our Training Packages section.


Local Government IRC Industry Skills Forecast

On 30th September 2016, IRCs submitted their initial four-year workplans to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for consideration. These workplans were developed incorporating information sourced in a variety of ways, including meetings and consultations with stakeholders, desktop research, an industry workforce survey open to all stakeholders, across all industries for a five-week period and consultation with IRC members and their stakeholder networks.

In April 2017, these workplans were refreshed, retitled as Industry Skills Forecasts and again submitted to the AISC. An IRC’s Industry Skills Forecast provides an overview of the sector and the current challenges and opportunities it faces, along with an analysis of current and projected employment and workforce skills needs. It proposes a schedule for the ongoing review of relevant training package products to inform the AISC’s development of the four-year rolling National Schedule.

It is noted that this Industry Skills Forecast has been developed and signed off by this IRC, but the final decision with regard to the scheduling of training product development rests with the AISC, once it has reviewed the submitted Industry Skills Forecasts of all 60 plus IRCs across the various sectors of Australian Industry. The confirmed National Schedule is published on the AISC website once approved.

CLICK HERE to download the Local Government IRC Industry Skills Forecast.


1 http://regional.gov.au/local/