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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 Working in the Legislative Council program was a great opportunity to support the NSW Upper House. Working on the 2017/18 Budget Estimates process, along with other committee inquiries, I saw the 'House of Review' in action, including its interactions with NSW Government and the public. I was given opportunities to draft sections of committee reports, prepare for hearings, speak with submission authors, and learn more about Legislative Council members. I also saw the unique preparatory work behind introducing the Aboriginal Languages Bill. I've taken so much away from this experience and would recommend the program to anyone who would like to learn more about the inquiries and procedural work behind the NSW Legislative Council and work with a great and supportive team."

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 25 June 2018. Interviews will be held soon after this date. The application form and targeted questions are below.

WiLC 2018 - Flyer.pdf

WiLC 2018 - Application form.pdf

WiLC 2018 - Targeted questions.pdf

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