John Oberhardt

Queensland State Manager


John has over 30 years' experience in local government, with over 20 of those years being in high preforming Executive Teams.

He commenced his local government career at Logan City Council in 1984 as a cadet straight out of school and worked his way through the entire business to become Chief Operating Officer.

John held the Chief Operating Officer/ Deputy CEO position at Logan City for over 15 years until 2017.  At this time, Logan City Council was the 5th largest Council by population in Australia (310,000) and had the 3rd largest local government budget in the country ($840 million 2015/16).  It was also one of the fastest growing local government areas in the nations for over 40 years with significant socio-economic and multi-cultural challenges.

John held management positions in every Council department, so he knows the business of local government intimately.

John filled the key role of Director of Corporate Services at Redland Council from 2016 until 2022.

John also has commercial experience, including owning and running hotels and property development, as well as holding Directorships in both industries.

John is passionate about helping bring people together to find solutions to complex problems. His key focus areas are good governance, financial diligence, audit, understanding team dynamics, authentic leadership and organisational culture, professional mentoring and development, performance Management and Accountability, mediation and strategic planning and decision making.

John’s recruitments projects include Chief Executive Officer – – Barcaldine Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council – Chief Financial Officer and Finance Manager , Isaac Regional Council – Head of People and Capability, City of Palmerston – IT and Assets Manager, Economic Development Manager, People & Customer Manager   and Regulatory Services Manager

Academic and Professional Qualifications

John holds a Masters in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (he is a Certified Practicing Accountant – CPA) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John is a Fellow of Local Government Managers Australia (FLGMA) – he is a LGMA Queensland Past President, a former National Director and is currently National Audit Committee Chair. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

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