Council Hiring is Recovering – Now is the Time to Consider a Career in Local Government
It’s no secret that recruitment has ground to a halt over the past few months as countries and governments have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic with lock-downs and stay-at-home orders. Lives have been permanently disrupted and local government hiring mostly screeched to a halt. As Australia navigates its way out of this public health and economic crisis, we’re starting to see good signs of recovery in the Council job market.
As you can see in the chart below, the number of vacancies in Local Government Australia-wide fell of a cliff in April as stay-at-home policies took full effect. Since mid-April, we’ve been following a slow but steady recovery. As of July 1st, the number of nationwide vacancies is up to 80% of its pre-pandemic average. With the Federal Government recently announcing $1.8 billion in Local Government funding for infrastructure projects, we’re optimistic about the future in loc…

The future of work in councils during and post Covid 19

Many people refer to Councils as just being about ‘Roads, Rates and Rubbish’ – it’s a very simplistic view, but how will views of councils be different in the future?  Who really knows, but CouncilJobs is thinking about the question and would like to stimulate discussion on the topic. The Covid-19 Pandemic affects councils and their staff just as seriously as the private sector, yet councils so far have not been considered in Federal or State government assistance packages, leaving many concerned for their ongoing viability.
Councils across this country come in many sizes and it may be appropriate to look at the question from this scale perspective, from the biggest - Brisbane City council supporting a population of almost one million spread over 1,367 sq. kms with a staff of 8233 through to the smallest – Sandstone council in central WA, covering a population of 116 spread over 32,714 sq. kms with a staff of 18.  Consultation with some council HR professionals reveals that at this s…

What You Can Do to Improve Your Application

It’s never easy to know exactly how to present yourself in an application for a Local Government role. Sure, there are experience and skill requirements, but what about the other things? What extra-curricular experiences will boost your application? What does it take to stand out among a field of qualified applicants?
Having spoken to a number of Council employees recently, we figured it’s time for us to revisit the age old question; what can I do to improve my chances in an application?
1. Make a good first impression
First things first, always keep in mind that you’re usually not the only applicant for a job vacancy. On average, we frequently see over 20 applicants for every job and quite often Councils will advertise jobs elsewhere too.
For you, that means it is critical that you get the application right. As a job seeker, you’ve probably submitted a few applications recently and you may be getting sick of doing the same thing over and over again. Yet it really is absolutely crucial t…

Jobs in Focus - Financial Analysis

Financial Analysis

An Interview with Jody Wang of Cumberland Council
It’s easy to underestimate the sheer size and complexity of many council projects and initiatives that are undertaken. The public generally only see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to major projects. Yet if you look a little deeper, you’ll find layers upon layers of financial planning, compliance and strategic analysis that too often goes unseen. One of the unsung heroes of major projects at Cumberland Council is Jody Wang, who thrives in the complexity of planning and budgeting. It’s safe to say that without the crucial beneath-the-surface work that Jody does, the council wouldn’t have enjoyed the kind of planning success it has seen in recent years.
The Path So Far
Before entering the world of Local Government, Jody worked across a number of different roles and industries in the private sector. Having completed her undergraduate business degree in 2008, Jody took a job as a financial and data analyst at George Wes…

Jobs in Focus - Environmental Management

Jobs in Focus - Environmental Management Officer at Cumberland Council
Working for a Council is a unique experience. With a strong focus on community interests and a wide variety of divisions and job types, a Local Government organization is unlike anything you’ll find in the private sector.
So, we decided it’s time to discover more about what it’s like to work for a Council, straight from the source. Recently, we sat down with Tim Nguyen, an Environmental Management Officer from Cumberland Council, to understand a little bit more about the projects they’re working on and to get a few pieces of advice for job applicants.
With a population of over 200,000, Cumberland Council is one of our bigger advertising partners. Having recently been formed in 2016 as a result of three Council amalgamations, Tim and his team are determined to bring environmental awareness and sustainability to the forefront of the organizations culture. With the threat of climate change, rapid urban development and …

Jobs in Focus - Sustainability?

In our Jobs in Focus series, CouncilJobs dives deep into new and emerging council jobs to showcase roles that are both interesting and in high demand. Here we look at the possibilities of a career in Sustainability.
Driving Sustainability at Lake Macquarie Council
To many, sustainability has become the talk of the town in recent years. Yet while many seem to be doing more speaking than doing, Dr. Alice Howe has been leading the charge in sustainability at Lake Macquarie City Council for many years. As the Manager of Planning and Sustainability, Dr Howe oversees everything from biodiversity initiatives, to community engagement and climate change adaptation (and everything in between).
So, we caught up with Dr. Howe, to uncover their secrets to success and find out what exactly it would be like to work in picturesque Lake Macquarie. This story is another piece in our series ‘Jobs in Focus’, where we explore exciting new roles in Local Government to give our subscribers an insight into a ca…

It's a hiring frenzy at Councils

Hiring Frenzy Underway in Australian Councils In 2018, the urgent recruitment drive that started in July 2017 by Australian and New Zealand Councils, has continued. The backlog in unfilled positions in NSW is understandable, given the end of the 12 month (and longer in many cases) hiring freeze caused by the forced amalgamations of councils. Yet the current demand for skilled professionals is nationwide and reflects the infrastructure development focus of most councils. We’re also seeing new interest from across the Tasman from New Zealand councils seeking to fill positions with the best talent they can find and help people make the move. The roles in highest demand across the board now are; Planners – to deal with unprecedented housing and commercial construction ratesEngineers – to manage existing ageing infrastructure and bring new projects to lifeEnvironmental experts, from waste and sustainability to water and drainage to manage the growth in population associat…