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The Working in the LC Program

The Working in the LC Program

The Working in the Legislative Council program is a Professional Development initiative. The program is offered to departmental officers who want to gain first-hand experience of the operations of Parliament, including Legislative Council committees and the annual budget estimates process. It also facilitates an exchange of ideas and experiences between participants, sponsor agencies and the Council.

The program runs from approximately August to October each year. It is aimed at high performing NSW public service officers at Clerk Grade 7/8 level or equivalent. Officers at Clerk 9/10 level or equivalent may also be considered. The successful applicant's agency is required to meet their officer's salary costs during the placement. Participants are not eligible to apply for a position in the Council during the placement or for six months following the end of the placement.

Here is what a former participant had to say about their experience:

"The opportunity to participate in the 'Working in the Legislative Council' program provided an invaluable professional development experience and insight into the workings of the NSW Upper House. Being part of the team administering the 2016-17 Budget Estimates hearings provided a unique perspective and deepened my understanding of the annual inquiry process. 

I also enjoyed the opportunity to work on two committee inquiries and experience the workings of the Procedure Office during Parliament's spring session. I cannot recommend the Working in the LC program highly enough, and encourage interested officers to apply - this is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic, high-performing team and learn so much along the way​."

More information
To apply, please forward your application to Mr David Blunt, Clerk of the Parliaments by email to . Your application should include a copy of the completed application form and a covering letter (maximum two pages) addressing the targeted questions. The application closing date is COB, Monday 26 June 2017. Interviews will be held soon after this date. The application form and targeted questions are below.

WiLC 2017​ - A​pplication form

WiLC 2017 - Target​ questions

WiLC 2017​ - Flyer

If you have any questions please contact Ms Shaza Barbar on 9230 3067 or email