Careers at Council Graduate Programs

Careers at Council is your local government online careers hub. It’s run by the Local Government Associations and is packed with useful information showcasing what you can expect from a career in council. You’ll hear from council employees who’re already making a difference in their community, read about the breadth of work on offer, browse current job opportunities and, if you register for job alerts - we’ll contact you when your perfect role comes up. 

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Liverpool Plains Shire Council Quirindi, NSW

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Camden Council Oran Park

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Coonamble Shire Council Coonamble

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Engineering
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Mosman Municipal Council Mosman, New South Wales

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Engineering
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Randwick City Council Randwick, New South Wales

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Engineering
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  • Engineering
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Sutherland Shire Council Sutherland, New South Wales

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Architecture
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Cumberland City Council Auburn, New South Wales

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Engineering
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  • Engineering
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Cumberland City Council Auburn, New South Wales

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New South Wales
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Engineering Environmental
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  • Medical and Biomedical Science
  • Research and Development
  • Science

Liverpool Plains Shire Council Quirindi, New South Wales

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New South Wales
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Architecture
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Cumberland City Council Auburn, New South Wales

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Engineering
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  • Engineering
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Northern Beaches Council Dee Why, New South Wales

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City of Joondalup JOONDALUP

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Melbourne
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Architecture
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Golden Plains Shire Council Bannockburn, VIC

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Engineering
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  • Engineering
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Richmond Valley Council Casino

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Architecture
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Kiama Municipal Council Kiama, NSW

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New South Wales
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Engineering
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Forbes Shire Council Forbes

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Architecture
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  • Project Management

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Engineering
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  • Engineering
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  • Engineering Chemical Processing
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Rous County Council Lismore

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Architecture
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City of Hobart Hobart, TAS

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Dubbo Regional Council Dubbo or Wellington, NSW

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Engineering Environmental
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  • Environment
  • Food Technology
  • Medical and Biomedical Science
  • Research and Development
  • Science

Strathfield Council Strathfield, NSW

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Adelaide
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  • South Australia
Engineering
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  • Engineering
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  • Engineering Chemical Processing
  • Engineering Civil Structural
  • Engineering Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Engineering Geotechnical
  • Engineering Mechanical
  • Engineering Mechatronics
  • Engineering Petroleum

City of Playford Elizabeth, South Australia

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Human Resources

Walcha Council Walcha, New South Wales

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Bourke Shire Council Bourke

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City of Ryde Council North Ryde, NSW

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The Hills Shire Council Norwest

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Architecture
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  • Project Management

Tweed Shire Council Murwillumbah, NSW

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New South Wales
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Architecture
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  • Engineering
  • Engineering Aerospace Aeronautical
  • Engineering Chemical Processing
  • Engineering Civil Structural
  • Engineering Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Engineering Geotechnical
  • Engineering Mechanical
  • Engineering Mechatronics
  • Engineering Petroleum
  • Environment
  • Food Technology
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  • Medical and Biomedical Science
  • Project Management
  • Research and Development
  • Science

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Queanbeyan

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New South Wales
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Engineering
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  • Engineering
  • Engineering Aerospace Aeronautical
  • Engineering Chemical Processing
  • Engineering Civil Structural
  • Engineering Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Engineering Geotechnical
  • Engineering Mechanical
  • Engineering Mechatronics
  • Engineering Petroleum

Wingecarribee Shire Council Moss Vale

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Graduate Jobs

New South Wales
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  • Sydney
Engineering
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  • Engineering
  • Engineering Aerospace Aeronautical
  • Engineering Chemical Processing
  • Engineering Civil Structural
  • Engineering Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Engineering Geotechnical
  • Engineering Mechanical
  • Engineering Mechatronics
  • Engineering Petroleum
  • Environment
  • Food Technology
  • Medical and Biomedical Science
  • Research and Development
  • Science

Willoughby City Council Chatswood

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New South Wales
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Engineering
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  • Engineering
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  • Engineering Chemical Processing
  • Engineering Civil Structural
  • Engineering Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Engineering Geotechnical
  • Engineering Mechanical
  • Engineering Mechatronics
  • Engineering Petroleum

Coffs Harbour City Council Coffs Harbour

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New South Wales
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Human Resources

Bayside Council Rockdale

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Human Resources

Bayside Council Rockdale

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Graduate Jobs

New South Wales
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  • Sydney
Engineering Environmental
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Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Engineering Environmental
  • Environment
  • Food Technology
  • Medical and Biomedical Science
  • Research and Development
  • Science

Wingecarribee Shire Council Moss Vale

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Graduate Jobs

New South Wales
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  • Sydney
Engineering
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Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Engineering
  • Engineering Aerospace Aeronautical
  • Engineering Chemical Processing
  • Engineering Civil Structural
  • Engineering Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Engineering Geotechnical
  • Engineering Mechanical
  • Engineering Mechatronics
  • Engineering Petroleum

Wingecarribee Shire Council Moss Vale

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Graduate Jobs

New South Wales
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  • Sydney
Architecture
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Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Architecture
  • Design and User Experience
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Aerospace Aeronautical
  • Engineering Chemical Processing
  • Engineering Civil Structural
  • Engineering Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Engineering Geotechnical
  • Engineering Mechanical
  • Engineering Mechatronics
  • Engineering Petroleum
  • Industrial Design
  • Project Management

Wingecarribee Shire Council Moss Vale

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Graduate Jobs

New South Wales
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  • Sydney
Architecture
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  • Architecture
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  • Industrial Design
  • Project Management

Camden Council Oran Park

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Graduate Jobs

New South Wales
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Available locations

  • New South Wales
  • Regional New South Wales
  • Sydney
Engineering
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Hires applicants with degrees in

  • Engineering
  • Engineering Aerospace Aeronautical
  • Engineering Chemical Processing
  • Engineering Civil Structural
  • Engineering Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Engineering Geotechnical
  • Engineering Mechanical
  • Engineering Mechatronics
  • Engineering Petroleum
  • Environment
  • Food Technology
  • Medical and Biomedical Science
  • Research and Development
  • Science

Lane Cove Council Lane Cove

Graduate Jobs

New South Wales
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  • Regional New South Wales
  • Sydney
Architecture
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  • Architecture
  • Design and User Experience
  • Industrial Design
  • Project Management

Camden Council Oran Park

Graduate Jobs

New South Wales
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Available locations

  • New South Wales
  • Regional New South Wales
  • Sydney
Architecture
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  • Architecture
  • Design and User Experience
  • Engineering Environmental
  • Environment
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Design
  • Medical and Biomedical Science
  • Project Management
  • Research and Development
  • Science

Camden Council Oran Park

About Us

Careers at Council is your local government online careers hub. It’s run by the Local Government Associations and is packed with useful information showcasing what you can expect from a career in council. You’ll hear from council employees who’re already making a difference in their community, read about the breadth of work on offer, browse current job opportunities and, if you register for job alerts - we’ll contact you when your perfect role comes up. 

Local Government employs 200,000 people in 537 councils throughout Australia, with a huge range of entry-level roles for graduates from many disciplines. At council, you’ll enjoy a rewarding career that is interesting and varied. Our focus on learning and development ensures you’ll continuously be up-skilling and growing, and perhaps best of all - the work you’ll do, matters.

We need graduates with degrees in engineering, human resources, environmental health, building surveying, planning, IT, accounting, tourism and events, right through to communications, community engagement, sport and fitness and social sciences. And these are just some of the qualifications that can kick-start your career in local government! 

With over 390 role types available, the possibilities for your career really are endless. 

Why Join Us?

Local Government is unique because the work you do has a direct impact on the local community. Whether you are contributing to the design of new footpaths, recreational spaces and public buildings, analysing traffic flow data or implementing educational programs on waste recycling, your efforts will make a difference to local residents and businesses.

Think about working in local government if you enjoy meaningful work, like being part of a team, are customer-focused and want to make a difference in your local community.

Graduate Program

Whilst local government does not offer Graduate Programs on a state or national basis, many councils run their own programs or create targeted roles for graduates throughout the year.

Register for job alerts on Careers at Council to make sure you don’t miss out when graduate roles are advertised - https://www.careersatcouncil.com.au/jobs/ 

Other Opportunities

Most councils offer Apprenticeships and Traineeships in a wide range of vocations and some offer Cadetships for university students (particularly in engineering, planning and building surveying). These are advertised throughout the year.

For more information about the type of apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships available, visit - https://www.careersatcouncil.com.au/entry-level-opportunities/

Application Process

To apply for a role on Careers at Council, you will need to click on the job/s of interest and the Apply Now button. This will take you through to the council website and you will apply directly to the council.

Employee Profiles

Read the career stories of some of our employees who are doing meaningful and inspiring work in local government.

Josh Lang – Customer and Communications Team Leader, Riverina Water
Jamie Harwood – Manager Engineering Technical Services, Bland Shire Council
Polly Makim – Senior Projects Engineer, Mosman Council
Victor Zhou – Asset Management Officer – City of Canterbury Bankstown

Perks & Benefits

At Council, you’ll enjoy engaging and exciting work. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and grow, and you’ll be proud knowing that your work is positively impacting the lives of millions of Australian every day.  

We openly encourage and support a health work/life balance. Our benefits are structured to help you be the best you can be both inside and outside of the workplace. Whilst these benefits will vary from one council to another, most offer flexible hours, rostered days off, remote working, health and wellbeing leave, time in lieu and generous long-service entitlements. Subsidised gym memberships are also common.

Diversity & Inclusion

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Local government aims to recruit a workforce that reflects the diversity of the people in the communities which they serve. As a result, local government actively encourages applications from all candidates, regardless of gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, working style, educational level, professional skills, work experience, socio-economic background, marital status and/or family or caring responsibilities.

We celebrate and value all our employees, and we recognize that it is our differences that enable us to make a real, lasting difference in communities across Australia.

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