Local Government Legislators represent the interests of people in a constituency as their elected member of a local government authority.

Also known as: Alderman or Councillor.

Specialisations: Mayor.

You can work as a Local Government Legislator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Local Government Legislators.

Tasks

  • Develops local government policy, and formulates, amends and repeals legislation and by-laws.
  • Helps constituents with a range of problems.
  • Introduces proposals for government action and represents public and electoral interests.
  • Issues policy directions to government departments and exercises control over local government authorities.
  • Attends community functions and meetings of local groups to provide service to the community, gauge public opinion and provide information on government plans.
  • May present petitions on behalf of concerned groups.

More about Legislators

All Legislators

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Local Government Legislators

  • 1,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 60% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 51 hours Average full-time
  • 56 years Average age
  • 46% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Local Government Legislators (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 1,100 in 2011 to 1,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Local Government Legislators work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (60%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 51 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 56 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (78%).
  • Gender: 46% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

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Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety84.5
Health Care and Social Assistance5.9
Education and Training2.6
Construction1.3
Other Industries5.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateLocal Government LegislatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW20.831.6
VIC19.525.6
QLD31.520.0
SA8.87.0
WA11.910.8
TAS5.22.0
NT1.71.0
ACT0.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketLocal Government LegislatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-241.2-9.39.3
25-347.8-22.922.9
35-4413.1-22.022.0
45-5422.4-21.621.6
55-5913.1-9.09.0
60-6416.5-6.06.0
65 and Over25.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationLocal Government LegislatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate18.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree27.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV13.4-21.121.1
Year 1210.6-18.118.1
Year 113.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below10.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Local Government Legislator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Local Government Legislators.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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