Advocacy is a strategic priority of LGPro. We seek to influence decisions affecting Victorian Local Government and the interests of members through ongoing advocacy.
On an ongoing basis, LGPro Victoria will
- Ensure a strong understanding of the Victorian Local Government sector and the challenges and opportunities it will face now and in the future,
- Deliver a targeted advocacy agenda influenced by its membership to drive positive outcomes for the sector and the communities it serves,
- Continue to proactively engage with key stakeholders that impact Victorian Local Government.

Our President and CEO hold regular meetings with the Minister for Local Government and Local Government Victoria as part of our ongoing engagement with our State Government counterparts. LGPro is regularly invited to represent the views of the Local Government sector and its professionals.


Scholarship winners announced

LGPro proudly announces two successful recipients of unique local government education scholarships for women affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are Angela Tumino of Casey City Council and Sarah Price from Greater Geelong City Council.

Each receives an LGPro professional development and event scholarship worth $1500. 

LGPro President Liana Thompson congratulated the winners saying they were both worthy recipients. “We had an outstanding and competitive field of applicants to choose from. This is a great opportunity for Angela and Sarah to connect with their sector and undertake targeted professional development activities.”

Established by LG Professionals Australia and the Office for Women, the scholarships mean the pair can enhance their professional skills and develop their career resilience beyond the pandemic. 

Ms Tumino said she was excited to receive the scholarship, which she plans to use to attend the 2021 LGPro Annual Conference and undertake further study. She added that after working in contract roles, she was recently employed full time by Casey.

“This represents a fantastic opportunity to develop and plan my career next steps,” Ms Tumino said. “I’m also looking forward to connecting with people (at the conference) again.” 

The scholarships were made available by the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office for Women and distributed by LG Professionals Australia to support local government professionals nationwide.

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

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