Capability Framework

LGNSW has developed a capability framework for local government to define the core knowledge, skills and abilities expected of elected members and local government employees.

The framework will deliver a more consistent approach to developing people in our sector - from workforce planning and creating structures and roles to recruitment, performance management and career and development planning.

The framework will be available online from early September 2017, and implementation tools and resources will be available by December 2017.

Aims and benefits

LGNSW’s aim is to develop a framework that will support NSW councils to:

  • align the workforce and elected members in delivering community outcomes
  • improve performance and capacity
  • attract and retain highly capable people
  • provide a shared basis for workforce planning
  • provide broader career options and develop the next generation of leaders in NSW
  • provide a common basis for  the professional development in local government.

NSW councils will choose whether to use the framework. However, the benefits to individual councils and to the sector will increase with large-scale adoption.

Current status

During June and July the project team consulted on the design with over 200 elected and workforce representatives from 75 councils through face-to-face workshops in regional and metropolitan locations and through the Mindhive online forum.

A final version of the capability framework which reflects broad stakeholder feedback has been approved by the LGNSW Board.

The next phase is to develop the following tools and resources to support councils to make effective use of the framework:

  • Implementation and change management guide
  • Online position description builder
  • Recruitment and selection guide
  • Performance management guide and template
  • Workforce planning guide
  • ‘PD in a box’ professional development resource for elected members

LGNSW will develop these resources from August to December 2017 together with virtual teams of council representatives.

More information

Updates on the project’s progress will be provided via LGNSW's Weekly newsletter.

If you are interested in receiving regular project updates or in joining a virtual team, please contact: Michelle Hamberger at