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DILGP sponsorships for local government officers and councillors to undertake accredited training

One of the key objectives of the department’s 2016–20 Strategic Plan is to ‘build the capacity of rural and remote local governments to shape resilient, strong and sustainable communities’. To help achieve this objective, one of if its key strategies is to offer up to 60 sponsorships to suitably-qualified local government officers and elected members to undertake accredited, tertiary-level training to assist them to build their skills, knowledge and expertise.

In 2016–17, the range of accredited programs for which sponsorships will be made available has been expanded. As such, applications are invited for departmental sponsorships for the following Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) accredited programs:

  • Diploma of Local Government Administration
  • Diploma of local Government Administration (Asset Management)
  • Diploma of Local Government Administration (Financial Administration)
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Certificate IV or Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • Diploma of Local Government (Planning)
  • Diploma of Local Government (Elected Member) – full or individual units
  • Certificate IV or Diploma of Procurement and Contracting*.

* To commence in 2017

All of these courses will be scheduled for delivery by LGAQ at a number of locations in Queensland during 2017. Successful candidates may choose their preferred location for course attendance. Applications are open to both council officers and elected members.

Candidates who were unsuccessful in previous rounds are welcome to reapply for this offering.

Criteria

All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

Local government staff

  • Minimum of two years’ experience in a related position in local government with longer term employees being given preference.
  • Preference will be given to staff from small, remote and Indigenous local governments (typically Remuneration Category 1 councils). Staff from larger councils are not excluded, however, if places are available.
  • Relevance of the qualification to the candidate’s position.
  • Preference given to staff who do not already hold relevant qualifications.
  • Qualification does not duplicate previous studies undertaken by the staff member.
  • Preference given to staff who have not previously received a DILGP sponsorship.

Please note that candidates are required to provide a curriculum vitae and submit a statement in support of their application (i.e. in terms of how undertaking the particular program will assist them to realise their career goals and aspirations, enhance their career progression and also benefit their council), and candidates must provide evidence of endorsement of their application by their council’s chief executive officer, including a commitment by council to support the candidate in completing the program wherever possible. A cover letter is not mandatory but may be added if desired.

The candidates’ respective councils will be required to pay their tuition fees up-front and then, upon their successful completion of the program, invoice the department for reimbursement of these fees.

Elected members

  • Preference will be given to councillors from small rural, remote and Indigenous local governments (typically Remuneration Category 1 councils).
  • Councillors from larger councils, however, are not excluded if places are available.
  • Councillors are required to provide a statement in support of their application (i.e. in terms of how undertaking the particular program or unit will assist their professional development in being a more effective elected representative for their community). Councillors must also provide evidence of endorsement of their application by their council's mayor, including a commitment by council to support the councillor in completing the program wherever possible. A cover letter is not mandatory but may be added if desired.

The candidates’ respective councils will be required to pay their tuition fees up-front and then, upon their successful completion of the program or unit, invoice the department for reimbursement of these fees.

How to apply

Before you apply please read the above information carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability. Please ensure you have read the course outline for the program you are applying for. Course outlines are available on the LGAQ Total Solutions website or by contacting 1300 542 700.

Applications for the current round of these sponsorships close at 5 pm on Monday, 28 November 2016.

Visit the LGAQ website (Registered Training Organisation) to access an application form (Word icon 72 KB).

If you have any general enquiries about the department’s sponsorship of these programs, please contact Mark Neylan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on telephone 3452 6744.