Why local government bothers with international
Our international involvement connects LG Professionals Australia and its members to an international network to facilitate sharing of best practice, thought leadership and research among partner organisations and peers from around the world. It is a chance to get inspired.
How it works?
LG Professionals Australia’s international affiliates from New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States meet regularly. For instance, during our National Congress this year, we hosted representatives from several of our International Programs, and many of our international affiliates. We spent several sessions sharing and analysing the challenges and opportunities faced by the local government sector around the world, and sharing the innovations local governments around the world are testing and implementing to make their communities better.
As well as the shared discourse, we run programs for International Professional Exchange, International Mentoring, Environmental Sustainability, Citylinks, and Legislative Process and Governance.
In all, together with our partners and affiliates, LG Professionals Australia has programs in the US, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, New Zealand, Nepal, Indonesia, Jamaica, the UK, Canada, East Timor, South Africa, Kiribati and PNG.
Opportunities for you
Over the next couple of years, there will be many opportunities for you to get involved.
If you’re an emerging leader looking to gain experience, build your network or take on a challenge, getting involved in an international program is an excellent way to expand your horizons.
And if you’ve been in local government for several years, have a think about what you’ve achieved. Not the small inconveniences and the everyday irritations, but the big, important life and community changes you’ve been a part of – enabling your own workforce, building and maintaining safer roads, planning for better housing, integrating new people and new groups into your wider community, creating a better waste management system, changing public perceptions, supporting young families, the elderly and the disenfranchised – creating a community. You’ve done that. You should feel proud. And we hope that sense of appreciation for what you’ve been able to achieve makes you want to turn around and do it all again; except better, because now you have all that experience under your belt and know-how to get it done and avoid the pitfalls that got you the first time round.
So, stay tuned. We’ll be posting opportunities to get involved in our international programs as they arise, both here in the Resource Hub, and on our homepage. Go on . . . stretch!
- Get involved in a council-to-council technical twinning partnership
- Volunteer: short-term technical assignments; remote technical support
- Help with grant writing
- Be a guest speaker, presenter or trainer
- Become a mentor
- Join a committee
- Sign up for a long-term project-based assignment
- Take part in a professional exchange