The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government’s (ACELG) inaugural census on the Australian locaol government workforce is set to begin on Friday 30Novemeber.


The Australian Local Government Workforce and Employment Census is co-funded by ACELG and the Federal Government, and forms part of a nationwide initiative by all levels of government to improve local government workforce development.


ACELG calls the census the most ambitious local government data collection exercise ever undertaken in Australia.


“It is not possible to overestimate the importance of this data to the future of local government. Councils across the country will benefit from participation in the census as we better understand the makeup of our sector’s workforce and its needs,” ACELG’s Chief Executive of Local Government Managers Australia John Ravlic said.


According to ACELG, the dataset will:

  • underpin a range of national employment strategies
  • form the basis for potential funding of local government-based training initiatives
  • help improve workforce planning within individual councils
  • support national efforts to address skill shortages, enhance the professionalism of local government and facilitate greater workforce diversity.


A dedicated website has been established for participants to ask questions, discuss and share experiences about the census can be found here