Local Government Legislators

ANZSCO ID 111311

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
1,200
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
60%
Female Share
46%
Average age
56

Summary

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.

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Local Government Legislator. Although most workers have a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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.

Characteristics

Job Type
Managers
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Enterprising
  • Helping
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Legislators, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 60% of people employed as Local Government Legislators work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 6 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 51 hours per week in their main job. This is 7 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Public Administration and Safety
83.4%
2
Health Care and Social Assistance
5.8%
3
Education and Training
2.6%
4
Construction
1.3%
5
Other industries
5.6%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

20.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

19.5% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

31.5% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

8.8% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

11.9% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

5.2% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.7% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.5% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Local Government Legislators All Jobs Average
NSW 20.8 31.6
VIC 19.5 25.6
QLD 31.5 20.0
SA 8.8 7.0
WA 11.9 10.8
TAS 5.2 2.0
NT 1.7 1.0
ACT 0.5 1.9


  • Around 61% of Local Government Legislators live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Queensland and Tasmania have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    The region with the largest share of workers is Queensland - Outback.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
56
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
46%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Local Government Legislators is 56 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 65 years and over.

    Females make up 46% of the workforce. This is similar to the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Local Government Legislators All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 1.2 9.3
25-34 7.8 22.9
35-44 13.1 22.0
45-54 22.4 21.6
55-59 13.1 9.0
60-64 16.5 6.0
65 and Over 25.9 4.2
Median Age 56 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Local Government Legislator. Although most workers have a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 Qualification Local Government Legislators All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 18.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 27.0 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 16.6 11.6
Certificate III/IV 13.4 21.1
Year 12 10.6 18.1
Year 11 3.8 4.8
Year 10 and below 10.5 12.5

Source: 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.


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