Young Professionals Network

About this SIG

The Young Professionals Network SIG promotes the positive impact of young professionals working in Local Government and addresses the challenges and opportunities that many face today in the public sector. With a focus on designing and delivering professional development specifically tailored for professionals 36 years and under which combines learning, networking and work specific takeaways, the SIG is dedicated to helping young professionals develop their careers.

In between meetings, SIG participants are able to utilise the online network forum to solve problems together, share ideas and approaches.

Upcoming Young Professionals events

Friends with Professional Benefits
One of your favourite events is back for 2019. Think 'speed dating' but with inspiring professional leaders. This event is specifically tailored for professionals, 36 years and under to help improve your networking skills and work out the next steps in your Local Government career. Meet and network with senior leaders and other young professionals from the sector over drinks and canapés. In an informal setting, hear advice and insights for our guest mentors on their career journey, learn what key steps you can take now and into the future to capitalise on opportunities to grow your networks and career.

Guest mentors

Cameron Cahill -  Director Innovation and Organisational Improvement, City of Ballarat.
Cam is a self-described local government tragic and a customer experience advocate. Ask Cam about how he got where he is today, and how he manages to challenge the status quo and push boundaries in local government.

Gracie Karabinis - Group Manager People Culture and Community, Yarra City Council.
Gracie is a self-motivated senior executive with 14 years in local government. Her areas of expertise range from human resources to risk management. She brings to her work plenty of energy, passion and drive. She is able to provide insights on how to have a successful career while also having a family.

Simon Overland - CEO, City of Whittlesea.
Simon has extensive experience in senior management roles across various sectors. Hear from Simon about his unique experiences and what it’s really like being a CEO.

Melanie Pecanek - Principal Consultant at Davidson Executive and Boards.
Melanie has worked in the recruitment industry for over a decade. You can ask Mel all the burning questions you have for an experienced Executive Search Recruiter to help you make the next step in your career. Mel can also provide insights into her own career progression and what she has learned along the way.

Joseph Tabacco - Director Engagement and Partnerships, Moreland City Council.
Joseph has more than 20 years’ experience in local government across various portfolios. He has recently made the transition from Manager to Director. Talk to Joseph about this transition and hear how he brings vision, tenacity and a sense of his humour to his work.

Ali Wastie -  CEO, Bass Coast Shire Council.
Ali is an authentic leader and an outstanding communicator. Hear from Ali about how she develops high performing teams and creates a workplace culture that is innovative, empowering, and fun!

Event details

Thursday 13 June
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Smart Artz Gallery, 2 Alfred Place South Melbourne

Young Professional Members - Free
Non Members - $68

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Bookings for this event is a must.
Register online below

What else is 2019 offering young professionals?

Late August
Leaders in Conversation
Join us for an intimate conversation with leaders where you can ask questions to a panel and hear insightful honest answers.

Thursday 5 December
Taking the Next Step
We will be providing you with practical skills and a set of tools you can use to take the next step in your career at this one day conference.

Upcoming events

  Online Community

This SIG is supported by an online community. We believe that accessing knowledge from individuals who work in a similar environment is invaluable and should never be underestimated. Our communities are only for people working in Local Government and there are many benefits to participating in them. They are a great way to keep in touch in between meetings, by asking your fellow SIG colleagues questions and sharing resources. You can also see who else is involved in the SIG and get in touch with them quickly.  Agendas, minutes, presentations and other SIG resources will also be posted on the online community.

Want to get involved?

Simply sign in, top of screen, go to 'Hi' - this is your profile, head to Participation and then onto Community.

Active in this SIG

  • 195 Current Total

To join this SIG email us at

Who should attend

  • Local Government professionals 36 years and under.


Please note that this SIG is a closed group, open only to people currently working in a Victorian Council.

Register your attendance

To register your attendance online, under Upcoming meetings, click on the title of the upcoming SIG meeting that you want to attend. Then follow the prompts.

Director, Innovation and Organisational Improvement
Ballarat City Council 


Coordinator Communications and Engagement
Yarra City Council


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Hume City Council


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Port Phillip City Council