Veterans Program

At QPRC we recognise the unique skills and attributes demonstrated by service personnel in their service to our country.

These same skills and attributes are valued in serving our local community.

We strongly encourage ex-service personnel to look at the many and varied opportunities available.

We appreciate that applying for roles outside of defence can be daunting. If you are unsure of where to start, or would like some support with the application process, please contact us at We have also developed a guide to applying for positions at QPRC(PDF, 236KB).

Why choose a job in Local Government?

Transferable skills

Your time in the military has equipped you with the necessary skills required to succeed in Local Government (LG). Ex-service personnel have a unique and extensive skills portfolio; leadership, teamwork, initiative, accountability and communication, are just some of the skills that are transferable into Local Government.

Your ability to see and understand the big picture clearly makes you highly employable. However, if you don't know what your own skills are and how they can transfer to LG, you are going to limit your chances of gaining employment.

Your ability to communicate your skills and attributes to an interview panel is paramount; the NSW Local Government Rank 2 Grade Guide and Local Government Capability Framework are two resource tools that were designed to assist both ex-service personnel and hiring managers to understand what transferrable skills are.

Diverse job opportunities

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You will be quite surprised when you realise the similarities between Local Government and Defence.

The scale and diversity of the work Local Government is required to conduct, means that there are many different career pathways available within the organisation. Like Defence, Local Government's primary role is to serve its community, to be able to achieve this, LG requires a diverse and multi skilled workforce, who are upbeat, resourceful and determine.

The Careers at Council website is an excellent resource for you to gain a great understanding about unique and diverse employment opportunities available within Local Government.

Professional Development

If you are looking to upskill or gain a new Tertiary qualification, we are willing to assist you achieve your goals.

Employee Assistance Program

Through Access EAP, we offer a number of free, confidential services including financial, counselling, marriage and career coaching with our service provider, for yourself, your family and close friends.

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Local Government rank to grade guide and capability framework

The Local Government Rank to Grade Guide was developed to help both hiring managers and veterans understand how ADF skills and experience align with public sector jobs. Use this guide as a tool to help you identify where your skills and qualifications align you to.

Local Government Capability Framework sets out the essential knowledge, skills and abilities needed to work effectively in Local Government. The guide outlines the requirements of Council roles and how veterans military experience can fulfil these needs at all employment levels.

Veteran Employee Program

Veteran Employment Program (VEP) is a communication and education platform that supports both veterans and hiring managers.

VEP continues to build a network of champions and partners to help promote the skills veterans can bring to Local Government.

Visit the Veterans Employment website here.

Department of Defence Transition Program

Defence Member and Family Support has developed a ADF Member and Family Transition Guide which contains information on the transition process, as well as information on support services and administrative requirements. One of the support programs available is the Defence Force Transition Program. This program has various workshops, training, programs and advice, which is designed to assist you, and your family, with your transition. Most of these programs can be accessed for up to 12 months after you transition, with some up to 24 months. You will need a referral from an ADF Transition Coach before you can access this program.

ADF Transition & Civil Recognition Project was established to undertake the work on aligning military skills and civilian qualifications. They will help you to understand what civilian employers want and how to express your service in a way that any employer can understand and value.

ADF Member and Family Transition Seminars are held throughout the year and are designed to help you and your family plan and prepare for life outside of the military. Remember: it's not just you who is transitioning out of the military, it’s your family as well, taking your spouse or family member to one of these transition seminars will increase your chances of a smooth and successful transition.