Apprenticeship and traineeships


We advertise for our Traineeship and Apprenticeship programs around July each year.

Who can apply?

An applicant applying for a Business Administration Traineeship or a Trade Apprenticeship must meet the following criteria:

  • applicants must not be currently registered as a trainee or apprentice with another employer. Applicants for trade apprenticeships must be first year apprentices.

  • applicants of a traineeship must not hold a Certificate III or higher in an unrelated field completed within the last 7 years.

  • school aged applicants will be required to supply a Record of School Achievement and a final semester report.

  • applicants applying for Childcare Traineeship must be 18 years of age by 15 January 2018 to meet legislative requirements.  Short listed applicants are required to obtain a Working With Children Check.

  • additionally, all applicants must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency to be eligible to work in Australia and applicants invited to interview will be required to bring in Evidence of their "Right to Work". Applicants will need to provide one document from category A (Australian Passport, Australian Citizen Certificate, Certificate of Evidence of Citizenship, Australian Birth Certificate, Necessary Visa) and one document from category B (Passport, Drivers Licence). See Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for more information.

Indigenous applicants and applicants currently studying a trade pre-apprenticeship course are encouraged to apply.

If you satisfy the above requirements and you believe you are motivated and hardworking, able to work in a team environment, have well developed communication skills and you are interested in gaining new skills and knowledge, we want to hear from you! 

Selection process

Appointments to positions have been advertised are made based on merit.

To achieve a merit based selection, the selection interview panel assess applications based on candidates qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience and aptitude.

Please refer to the recruitment process webpage for information on the selection process. The below information is specific to apprentice and traineeship recruitment.


Selected applicants for a Business Administration Traineeship or Apprenticeship are required to attend testing prior to interviews. Applicants are selected for testing from the information provided in their applications addressing the selection criteria. Those applicants chosen to attend the aptitude testing stage will be notified via their preferred method of contact as outlined in their application form.


The selection of candidates for interview will be based on the information presented in your written application and testing results.

What can be expected in an Interview?

At the interview, the interview board will ask a series of questions, seeking to determine each candidate's fit for the position. The members of the interview panel will ask questions related to the apprenticeship/traineeship you have applied for as well as in relation to your employment record and associated skills/experience.

The interview may take 30 – 60 minutes, and may be in the form of a one on one or group interview.

It is your responsibility to convince the interview board that you are the best candidate for the position.

How can I prepare? 

You can prepare yourself for the interview by familiarising yourself with Council's work and role in the community, specifically that of the section of Council in which the apprenticeship or traineeship is located.

You should also bring evidence of qualifications, certificates, licences etc.