We actively advocate for our members and the broader sector to influence other levels of Government and relevant stakeholders by providing the officers’ perspective as well as independent, expert, non political advice.

Our President and CEO hold regular meetings with the Minister for Local Government and Local Government Victoria to provide input and discuss issues of common interest.

LGPro is regularly invited to sit on panels to provide input on behalf of the Local Government sector.


LG Professionals Australia is supporting women working in local government in Australia by offering scholarships to enhance their professional skills and develop their career resilience during and beyond the pandemic. Scholarships are made available by the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office for Women.

LG Professionals Australia has distributed the funding to each state to enable local government professionals Australia wide to apply for a scholarship.

What does the scholarship cover in Victoria?

LGPro are awarding two scholarships of $1,500 each to go towards LGPro Professional Development and event offerings. The scholarship will differ depending on your membership status;

  • An LGPro Individual Member can apply the full amount towards an LGPro Professional Development and event offering.
  • For non-members, a portion of the fund will go to LGPro membership and the remaining can be used to access LGPro Professional Development at member rates! For more information on membership fees and benefits >> LGPro membership

The scholarships must be used in full by 30 June 2021.

Eligible applicants must be female local government professionals currently working in Australian local government in a non-elected capacity. You will be asked how you have been impacted by Covid-19 professionally and/or financially and how you may benefit from the scholarship.

Applications close on Friday, 2 October 2020. Scholarship recipients will be announced in November 2020.

By submitting the application, the applicant consents to the written materials and information provided to be used by LG Professionals Australia in any publications, brochures, internet site, or other promotional initiatives.

If selected, the scholarship recipients are required to share a summary of their learnings and experience with LG Professionals Australia.


Please return your completed application to Lisa at

For all queries relating to LGPro Victoria and membership please contact Lisa Moore on

LGPro Gender Equity Policy March 2020

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  

This IWD LGPro is proud to release its first Gender Equity Policy.

Victoria is the first state in Australia to have passed a Gender Equity Bill 2019 in Parliament. A ground breaking step in tackling discrimination and gender barriers in the workplace.  As a large employer in Victoria, the Council Sector has a key role to play in leading the way in gender equity.

Women comprise almost 60% of the Council Sector in Victoria, with 24 out of 79 Councils led by women.  LGPro is proud to be the peak voice for the Council Sector and is fully supportive of a focus on gender equity and the opportunity it provides the sector to look at ways of addressing issues such as the gender pay gap, workplace harassment and gender equality across all levels of the workforce.

Councils will continue to play a pivotal role in the economic, social and daily lives of communities, LGPro’s view is that it's critical that women’s views, their voices and are represented across the sector.

LGPro’s first Gender Equity Policy is a start for us.  It is framework which will help us plan and action our commitment to gender equity. We pledge to report on our performance under our policy and to our members via our Annual Report. We also commit to regularly reviewing our progress.

I wish everyone a happy IWD and proud to release LGPro’s first Gender Equity Policy.

Liana Thompson
President, LGPro
Chief Executive Officer, Northern Grampians Shire Council

Download Gender Equity Policy or view below;

  LGPro Gender Equity Policy - March 2020