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Legislator

Legislators represent the interests of people in constituencies as elected members of national, state and territory parliaments and local government authorities.

Overview

Legislators represent the interests of people in constituencies as elected members of national, state and territory parliaments and local government authorities.

Day-to-day

  • developing national, state, territory or local government policy, and formulating, amending and repealing legislation and by-laws
  • helping constituents with a range of problems particularly with regard to matters concerning government and local agencies
  • investigating matters of concern to the public and to particular persons and groups
  • introducing proposals for government action and representing public and electoral interests
  • issuing policy directions to government departments and exercising control over local government authorities
  • attending community functions and meetings of local groups to provide service to the community, gauge public opinion and provide information on government plans
  • may serve as a member on parliamentary committees and inquiries
  • may present petitions on behalf of concerned groups.

Occupation snapshot
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To become a Legislator

  • You can work as a Legislator without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. University and Vocational Education and Training (VET) are both common study pathways.

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