City of Sydney

Partner Profile

Sydney is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a diverse population. The City of Sydney is the local government authority responsible for the commercial, financial and cultural hub of central Sydney and its surrounds.

The Global City

The City of Sydney provides essential local services such as libraries, street cleaning, development application assessment, waste collection and recycling. The authority is also responsible for the maintenance of roads, parks, playgrounds, gardens, sports venues and community centres.

The City of Sydney’s programs and projects support local communities of more than 200,000 residents and 20,000 businesses. The authority provides grants and sponsorship programs to invigorate communities, activity centres, child care facilities, services for young people, and homelessness services that help many thousands of people each year.‘ Our role is—having consulted with our community—to deliver a green, global and connected community,’ says Ann Hoban, Director of City Life.

Opera House

Champions Sydney as Australia's premier city


Preserves the city centre's many beautiful buildings, landmarks and heritage


Delivers multicultural programs and initiatives


Produces internationally acclaimed events including Sydney New Year's Eve, Art & About and Sydney Lunar Festival


Supports the commercial sector through programs and seminars


Funds major events such as Sydney Festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Biennale

Enhancing the student experience

Every year, Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially welcomes more than 1,000 international students to Sydney. The yearly reception introduces students to support services they can use during their stay and marks the beginning of life-long connections with Sydney. The City of Sydney also presents orientation sessions at Sydney’s universities.

The City of Sydney offers a range of programs to help international students improve their employability. These include work-integrated learning and accredited programs, paid internships, and the International Student Leadership and Ambassador Program. Through the ambassador program, students undertake training in employability, Fair Work practices, mental wellbeing and leadership.

International students can gain experience by volunteering at Sydney City Farm and at business-related events, as well as by volunteering to help tourists in central Sydney.

The City of Sydney offers four paid internships a year to international students through a formal recruitment process.

Merelien Wang

This placement at City of Sydney allows me to unpack theories that I learn in my master’s course into practice - Merelien Wang, International student

From an employer perspective

International Engagement Manager Nashid Chowdhury says that the City of Sydney considers students’ enthusiasm, behaviour, attitude, leadership skills, and ability to work well in a team. She advises students to research the organisation and the people they will meet at the City of Sydney.

About half of the population that the City of Sydney serves were born overseas. Because of this, Director of City Life Ann Hoban says that the City of Sydney really values the work of international students in the organisation.

‘They help us develop as an organisation that responds to our diverse cultural community. International students bring fantastic diversity of thinking, fresh ideas, different ways of approaching problems, and different experiences from their own country.’

Ms Hoban recommends that other organisations engage international students ‘because they provide you with a window to the world.’ Working with international students is, she says, ‘a really wonderful way to diversify your experience and the way you do your business.’

Ms Hoban points out that New South Wales and its capital city, Sydney, are fantastic places for international students to start their careers. ‘We have a well educated workforce; we have a fantastic lifestyle; we have a huge range of businesses where you can get your first start; and we are Australia’s leading startup capital.’

From a student perspective

International student Merelien Wang is studying for a Master of Social Work at Australian Catholic University while working for a local government authority, the City of Sydney. Merelien’s role at the City of Sydney is to support the social programs team, where she enjoys helping people and has established a network of service provider contacts.

The role has helped Merelien develop event management and communication skills. She has also experienced the benefits of combining study and work. ‘This placement at City of Sydney allows me to unpack theories that I learn in my master’s course into practice.’

Merelien says that ‘Sydney is a global city and it’s also very multicultural.’ In her free time, she goes to cultural festivals and learns about other cultures and languages.

Merelien encourages other international students to choose Sydney. ‘I would recommend friends to study here in Sydney because by making friends from all over the world, I’ve noticed that I have gained confidence. When we express more of ourselves, we can connect with others more.’

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