Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

About our SIGs

Are you looking to join a professional network to support you in your daily work, why not join one of our Special Interest Groups. Our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide Local Government professionals working in similar fields with a valuable opportunity to network, share best practice, improve practices and knowledge by learning what their counterparts are doing, and learn about the latest developments. Each SIG is supported by an online forum which allows people to share information and find answers to questions and problems, in many cases almost instantly. People who join our SIGs are automatically signed up to a relevant forum so they can start tapping into the knowledge of others. Accessing knowledge from individuals who work in a similar environment is invaluable and should never be underestimated.

Want to join an LGPro SIG?

While you do not need to be an LGPro Individual Member to be part of a Special Interest Group, our members make it possible for us to support our network of 30 Special Interest Groups.

You can join LGPro's Special Interest Groups by request to (03) 9268 6400 or email sig@lgpro.com

Testimonials from our SIG Members

Amanda Mills, Property Coordinator, Glen Eira City Council, Property Network eight years

I've had fantastic opportunities to meet others in similar roles across Councils. I have been able to learn and hear what other Councils do the same or differently to you within the same field, which is valuable. On top of that there is the excellent learning opportunities on current topics of interest that skilled outside presenters can offer the group.

Diana McDonald, Risk Management Coorindator, Horsham Rural City Council, Risk SIG seven years

As a Co Convenor it is wonderful to see the support that our group gives. The SIG provides a wealth of knowledge to all attendees. On a daily perspective when a policy, procedue, or new system/process is developed there is always someone who has already got one or purchase some type of system and you can get some really honest and appropriate information from them.

Sally Schmileck, Team Leader Administration and Customer Service, Baw Baw Shire Council, Customer Service SIG two and a half years

I believe the forums are exciting, they share great ideas as well as saving time in getting started on initiatives, as you send an email out and the valuable information received often eliminates the prep work. Networking and the forums are terrific, this is the type of learning that is exciting - because it is real and relevant! I feel like I am part of a large supportive team - we are all facing the same challenges, looking for the same successes, and excited about where we are going.

Ruth Kneebone, Director Corporate Services, Wangaratta Rural City Council, Corporate Planners Network two years

Sharing of resources saves hours in preparation and research. At the Corporate Planners Network, I met a corporate planner from a large metropolitan Council who later provided me with a comprehensive lisiting of performance measures. I am now using these to review and assess our current corporate reporting framework.

Andrew Mifsud, Baw Baw Shire Council, Learning & Development SIG five years

Being a part of a SIG expands our networks, knowledge, resources and collaboration effort. Many heads have made better outcomes.


Mozma Tate, Senior Corporate Planner, Whitehorse City Council, Corporate Planners Network since 2010

In today's Local Government environment, where we are facing growing pressures from community and State Government, it is rewarding to liaise with a group of like professionals and share ideas and thoughts to move us through the various challenges we face. Being part of a SIG provides access to, and sharing of, great ideas. It is invaluable for establishing points at other Councils for seeking support, confirmation of practices and sharing resources.


Melanie Birtchnell, Environmental Referrals Officer, Manningham City Council, Biodiversity SIG since it started

Through SIGs you can share knowledge, learn lots, make new friends, support each other, help the regional and rural staff doing similar work in more resource-constrained settings, and develop proactive ways for our industry to engage with stakeholders for better, stronger outcomes. We work in a policy space of increasing complexity and the SIG keeps me abreast of policy changes and up-to-date with my application of new policy positions. You decide how much you give and take, with the power to tap into a huge network of colleagues. It is one of the most important tools of my trade.


Lisa Fricke, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Mansfield Shire Council, Executive & Personal Assistant Network 12 months

The SIG allows me to network, learn what other Councils do, find out about new and relevant software/service providers/equipment and have a network to ask specific questions to - which always get immediate answers. I needed information about specifically weddings/small events held in Council run parks and insurance, risk management issues. I put this question on the forum and within 20 minutes I had all the answers I needed.


Kerryn Ellis, Director Corporate Performance, Greater Bendigo City Council, Corporate Planners Network, 15 years and Corporate Services SIG just joined

I have been part of LGPro's SIGs for over 15 years, and have found them to be a vital part of my work in Local Government. They promote sharing of good practice, create a supportive community of ideas and foster opportunities to learn from other experts. It's an enjoyable and low cost way of improving the professional practice of the whole sector.

SIG Convenor Meeting

To be advised.