Brisbane City Council is one of the largest local governments in the Asia-Pacific region and one of the biggest employers in Queensland. We have more than 300 job types across a broad range of service areas, with roles that serve our community. Council employs an inclusive and diverse workforce, with great benefits and flexible work options. 

Current job opportunities

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Benefits of working for Council

A job with Council offers skill development, career mobility and access to benefits that matter. Read about our benefits.

Council employment programs


Council offers a diverse range of trade apprenticeships across Brisbane and within various industries. 


Traineeships are your stepping stone into the workforce, providing trainees with skills, training and experience.

Pre-trade work experience

Pre-trade work experience is a great way to complete your accreditation in your chosen field and get hands-on experience in a trade environment. 


Cadetships are a great way to get paid part-time employment in your field while completing your university studies.

Graduate programs

Council's graduate programs allow you to apply what you've learnt in your tertiary studies to help create a better Brisbane.  

Tertiary work experience

The Tertiary Work Experience program provides unpaid placements for Brisbane-based domestic and international tertiary students.

Recruitment process

Apply online

Interview and assessment

Letter of offer


Application tips

Brisbane City Council aims to make the application process as easy as possible. 

Preparing your application

Covering letter

A one page covering letter should be included in your application. The letter should contain information that demonstrates your capabilities and experience and ability to fulfil the requirements of the role.

You do not need to provide a specific statement addressing each selection criteria.


A resume (curriculum vitae) should be included in your application. The resume should contain:

  • your full name
  • current contact details
  • qualifications
  • a concise description of your relevant work experience, starting with the most recent (including dates)
  • any other information that is relevant to the position you are applying for.

Note: We recognise that young people who have completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award can demonstrate initiative and skills such as teamwork and communication.

How to apply

To apply online follow these tips:

  • complete all the fields in your application form.
  • use a valid email address so we can contact you.
  • once the application is complete, select Submit. We will send you a confirmation email after receiving your application.
  • check your telephone messages and emails regularly as this is how we will contact you about your application.  

The selection process

Throughout the selection process you will be required to demonstrate that you meet all the relevant selection criteria to be considered for employment. Selection is based on equity and merit.


Shortlisting will be finalised after the closing date indicated on the advertisement.

All applicants will be advised via email or phone about the status of their application following shortlisting. 

The interview

All interview questions will be job related. To prepare yourself for the questions that may be asked:

  • re-read the key accountabilities and essential and desirable selection criteria for the position
  • think of examples of work or study situations where you applied the relevant skills and abilities.

You may:

  • bring personal notes into the interview as prompts
  • bring any relevant reports or other work you have done which will provide examples of your skills and abilities.

You may be invited to do a video interview. This will involve answering pre-recorded questions within a set timeframe. You can complete this task using a mobile phone, laptop or personal computer. The only requirement is a stable internet connection. 

You'll be well supported during the interview process.

After the interview

Reference checks

You will be asked to nominate at least two recent referees who you have been accountable to and have first-hand knowledge of your work performance. You will be notified before referees are contacted.

Offer of appointment

All interviewed applicants will be notified verbally as soon as possible after the selection panel have reached their decision.

Support for people with a disability

Council has an award winning reasonable adjustment policy and we will endeavour to provide all necessary support to ensure that people with disabilities are not disadvantaged in the recruitment process.

If you require an adjustment to the recruitment process, please identify as a person with a disability on your application and indicate what type of reasonable adjustment you require. This may include assistance with attending an interview.

If you are applying for a job with the assistance of a Disability Employment Service (DES) provider, your DES case worker can assist you in letting us know about the kind of support you may require.

More information

For more information about the role or progress of the selection process, contact the person specified in the advertisement.

What it is like working at Council

You can also view this video on Council's YouTube channel. 

Video transcript

Read the transcript for the Working at Brisbane City Council video.

Brisbane City Council is the largest local government in Australia.

Working in a big organisation though doesn’t mean you’re getting lost in the crowd.

Our people are the driving force, leading the way to make a difference in Brisbane, for Brisbane.

It’s working in an environment of abundant opportunity and diversity.

A workplace with a strong and supportive culture.

Where you feel empowered to put ideas into action.

Where you can have a diverse career path or study while working.

Flexibility and work-life balance while feeling rewarded.

It’s about being part of something bigger, and giving back to our community.

Creating a more liveable, prosperous city, we all call home.

Last updated: 8 March 2023

Brisbane City Council acknowledges this Country and its Traditional Custodians. We pay our respects to the Elders, those who have passed into the dreaming; those here today; those of tomorrow.