Local Government Jobs

    There are 140 Local Governments in Western Australia, from Esperance to Kununnurra and Perth to Kalgoorlie. In fact, pretty well everyone in Australia lives in a Local Government area. Ranging in size from Peppermint Grove (1.5 square kilometers) to East Pilbara (over 372,000 square kilometers) and including Cocos and Christmas islands, the variety is enormous. If you’re interested in being part of a large organisation or prefer the idea of a small dynamic team, Local Government can offer you a variety unparalleled in other industry sectors.


    In WA, Local Governments employ over 14,500 people in about 30 different professional employment streams. Local Government is the lynch pin of our community and a major player in the State and country’s government. Working in Local Government is an opportunity to make a real difference.


    Local Government offers;

    • Diverse employment opportunities:

      People in all disciplines with Local Government experience are highly sought after in developing nations or where major reconstruction is taking place, such as East Timor.


    • Advancement:

      Across all professional streams to senior management. In country areas this can be rapid.


    • Personal and professional development:

      Local Government is a professional employer which recognizes that its greatest asset is its staff. Professional development, further education and training is encouraged and supported through training opportunities and the professional associations which support Local Government staff.

    Life Style

    Country positions offer opportunities for:
    • Change of life style
    • Quality of life
    • Multi-skilling
    • Opportunities for rapid advancement


    Local Government provides:
    • Opportunities to lead
    • Opportunities to manage


    Local Government provides a great introduction to:
    • Working anywhere in Australia or overseas
    • The political process
    • Sought after skills in both the private and public sector

    Starting Salary

    In the first year of employment in Local Government, the graduate starting salary is between $33,000 and $35,000 per annum. In some country areas, you may also receive non-cash benefits such as housing, utilities assistance, travel assistance (remote area allowance) commuting use of a vehicle and professional membership allowance.

    Local Government nationally is covered by an award which provides for a range of entitlements. Many local governments also have entered into Enterprise Agreements with their workforce which provide additional benefits.


    Local Government professionals are sought after throughout Australia and overseas. Many of the professional associations representing local government staff are actively involved with the provision of aid to developing countries, providing their members with an opportunity to both travel and expand their experience and knowledge.

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