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NSW Local Government Skills Strategy

The Local Government Skills Strategy is being rolled out to councils across the State following a successful pilot program. 

The strategy is designed to assist existing council employees to improve their skills and to provide a skills pathway for people planning careers in local government.

The program gives local councils better access to quality professional training to help them meet the demands of a modern local government environment.

Councils can now access funding and participate in the program as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to support local councils to enhance their workforce capability.

The strategy will run until 30 June 2019.


Pilot and funding

The $5 million Local Government Skills Strategy was launched by Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, in June last year. A six-month pilot program was held involving 29 councils across five regions – the Central West, Namoi, Illawarra, Northern Rivers, and Western Sydney.

The pilot saw more than 700 people access training. The strategy was developed by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Industry and the Office of Local Government to support councils to deliver vocational training to prospective, new and existing employees. 

Following the pilot, about $4.6 million is available to local councils for workforce training.  This training will be delivered through part and full qualifications under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program.



The Local Government Skills Strategy aims to:

  1. Increase pre-employment opportunities in local councils for prospective employees
  2. Increase the number of apprentices and trainees in the local government sector
  3. Improve capability of the current local government workforce through training.



The strategy is being co-ordinated by the Office of Local Government through a dedicated project co-ordinator and supported by a project reference group comprising representatives from the Office of Local Government, Training Services NSW, Local Government NSW, the United Services Union and the Local Government Professionals Association.


Further information

Further information is available on the Department of Industry website.

Interested councils can also contact Office of Local Government Principal Project Officer Jaleen Caples by emailing or phoning 0472 817 148.

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