Capability Framework

LGNSW is developing a capability framework for local government to define the core knowledge, skills and abilities expected of elected members and local government employees.

LGNSW aims to design and produce the framework by July 2017, and develop supporting tools by December 2017.

Aims and benefits

LGNSW’s aim is to develop a framework that will support NSW councils to:

  • align the workforce to support community outcomes
  • improve performance and capacity
  • attract and retain highly capable people
  • reinforce the message that a joint effort of the workforce and elected members is required to achieve outcomes for the community
  • provide broader career options and develop the next generation of leaders in NSW
  • provide a common basis for  the professional development  of councillors and staff to build capability in local government.

NSW councils will choose whether to use the framework. However, the benefits to individual councils and to the sector will increase with large-scale adoption.   

Sector input

There will be several opportunities to get involved in the project. This input is essential if the framework and supporting tools are to reflect local government needs and, ultimately, be accepted and adopted by councils.

Design workshops are being held in Sydney and regional areas in June 2017. Please click here to view workshop locations and to register.

An online co-design forum is up and running on the Mindhive platform to facilitate input and feedback from local government managers, HR practitioners and elected members.

From July to November 2017, the LGNSW project team will work with virtual teams comprising interested individuals from councils to develop a range of supporting tools and resources.

More information

For more information about the project, you can read this Reference Group discussion paper (PDF, 425KB).

Updates on the project’s progress will be provided via LGNSW's Weekly newsletter.

To join the online forum, please contact: Sarah Artist, Senior Manager Innovation and Capacity at