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The department provides scholarships for a range of training programs to assist local government officers and elected members to build on their skills, knowledge and expertise.

Financial assistance is provided to councils for those who wish to undertake the courses. The program is delivered over the next 4–6 months .

Applications are now open for the following programs:

Peak Services (LGAQ)

  • Fraud Awareness for Local Government
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Social Media for Local Government
  • Social Media for Elected Members
  • Code of Conduct for Council Officers

Additional scholarship opportunities will be released shortly.

How to apply

Applications will need to be submitted directly to the training provider. Courses are available throughout Queensland, with applicants to select their preferred location in their application.

Applications require:

  • an application, supported by your council and states why you wish to undertake the program
  • your resume.

Application criteria

Local government officers

  1. Minimum of two years’ experience in a related position in local government.
  2. Preference will be given to staff from small, remote and Indigenous local governments. Staff from larger councils are not excluded.
  3. Relevance of the qualification to the candidate’s position.
  4. Preference given to staff who do not already hold relevant qualifications.
  5. Qualification does not duplicate previous studies undertaken by the staff member.
  6. Preference given to staff who have not previously received a DILGP/DLGRMA sponsorship.

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).

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

  1. Preference will be given to councillors from small rural, remote and Indigenous local governments.
  2. 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), and councillors must 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.

For further information for scholarships, contact Principal Program Officer, Pamela Cameron on 07 3452 6746 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.