Study Assistance HomeAbout CouncilCurrent VacanciesStudy Assistance Council aims to provide all staff with the opportunity to pursue higher learning and career development opportunities through various levels of financial assistance and study leave. Western Downs Regional Council levels of assistance are: Category One A course undertaken as a condition of the officer’s employment. Category Two A course which is directly relevant to the officer’s area of work and the skills or qualifications deemed by the Chief Executive Officer and the Director as being appropriate to that area of work. Category Three A course demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Council to be directly relevant to local government. The content of such course shall have specific application to functions and processes carried out by Local Authorities. Developing staff benefits Council by increasing staff skills and staff retention, but it also provides professional development for staff, increasing future career opportunities.