As a local Council officer, you would be responsible for putting council policies into practice. You would also make sure that local services are delivered well. If you are keen to be involved in your local area and want to work in an office, this job could be perfect for you.
To become a local council officer, you will need to be able to deal with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. You will also need good negotiating and organisational skills. The skills and experience that are needed will vary depending on the duties and level of responsibility. Experience of working in a customer service environment and IT skills are highly valued by employers and may help to improve your chances of finding work.
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.
Your day-to-day tasks would vary according to the department and your level of responsibility. They may include:
- managing and evaluating projects
- writing reports and briefing papers
- dealing with enquiries and giving advice
- presenting information at meetings
- supervising administrative work and managing clerical staff
- keeping records
- preparing and managing contracts
- liaising with other agencies
- managing budgets and funding