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Workforce Development Strategy



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The NSW Local Government Workforce Strategy 2016-2020 outlines a number of initiatives and projects to address the workforce challenges facing local government in NSW.

The Strategy integrates the elements of workforce planning, human resource management and workforce capability development to provide a framework for building a workforce that meets current and future service demands.

Strategy partners

LGNSW prepared the NSW Local Government Workforce Strategy 2016-2020 in collaboration with:
- Office of Local Government
- LG Professionals, NSW
- Institute of Public Works Engineering (IPWEA) NSW
- NSW Public Sector Industry Training Advisory Body (ITAB)
- Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney

The Strategy was officially launched at LGNSW's 2016 Annual Conference.

Strategy actions

The Strategy identifies a series of actions to be undertaken by peak bodies and government and industry partners in response to the key workforce development issues impacting NSW councils.

These actions build on the resources (tools, professional development, research, specialist networks etc.) currently available to the sector through local government industry associations, government agencies, universities, training providers, and other commercial sources.

The actions have been developed in response to perceived gaps in existing resources, lack of awareness or understanding of the application of these resources, and the identification of opportunities to develop new resources or initiatives to support workforce development in the sector.


The files below list resources councils can use in workforce planning and development.

They have been mapped against each of the eight strategic themes in the NSW Local Government Workforce Strategy 2016-2020.

The list includes resources available from the strategy’s industry partners and related peak bodies but does not include products and services from the wider commercial market.