Focus On... Human Resource Management, OH&S
- The tyranny of distance - by The Hon. Tony McGrady AM, Mayor of Mount Isa.
Rural and regional Australia is a subject which receives some coverage, but certainly deserves more attention and results from governments.
- Future Directions - Melville excels
The City of Melville has been recognised for excellence in human resource management at the inaugural Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA) WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards.
- Study examines coping with natural disasters
Research at the University of the Sunshine Coast finds problem-solving and help-seeking methods are the best ways for coping with trauma.
- Environmental decisions*
Environmental law is one of the key frameworks for environmental decision-making in Australia – determining who can make decisions, how those decisions should be made, who can challenge them and how they are enforced. As such, it is very important for local government, yet many people who work in this area have no legal background, having trained as planners or engineers or some other discipline.
- A course in online, you can do online*
The way local government communicates with citizens has changed.
- Shire of Murray offers opportunities to grow
The Shire of Murray in Western Australia recognises that offering employees an opportunity to enhance their knowledge is a key factor in attracting potential candidates and retaining quality staff.
- CouncilSafe advisory network group
Local government Work Health & Safety (WHS) professionals and their managers from across New South Wales have been invited to participate in the NSW CouncilSafe advisory network group.
- Planning peers honour Council CEO
One of the planning industry’s highest honours has been bestowed on Cairns Regional Council CEO Peter Tabulo.
- Review builds strong human resource structure
Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) is reaping the benefits of a comprehensive review and restructure, which saw the whole organisation have input into building continuous improvement into everyday practice.
- Joint Training Benefits Multiple Councils
By working together, Tasmania’s Waratah Wynyard Council and Circular Head Council’s staffs are both receiving high quality training.
- Work together for grassroots sports
South Australian councils want the next State Government to commit to lifting participation rates in sport and recreation by investing in better co-ordination for local sport and recreation facilities.
- Fostering leaders in Wyong
To ensure their employees can deliver an extensive range of local government services, Wyong Shire Council use a coordinated approach to workforce development across a range of training programs.
- Local councils support medical students to go rural
Eighteen rural councils along with the Country Women’s Association of NSW are sponsoring medical students to undertake placements in New South Wales country towns as part of the NSW Rural Doctors Network’s commitment to attracting health professionals to the bush.
- Engaging Indigenous employees
Australia’s local governments have been employers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for many years.
- Healthy staff, healthy Stonnington
The City of Stonnington is proving to be an industry leader in prioritising the wellbeing of its workforce.
- Healthy and wise
In 2013, Marrickville Council commenced an innovative and ambitious 12-month calendar of health and wellbeing events. The Health & Wellbeing Program includes health checks (blood pressure, body mass index, diabetes etc), skin cancer checks, demystifying mental health, Global Corporate Challenge, workplace ethics and conflict, fruit drop, manual handling, flu immunisations, and podiatry assessment (as outdoor workers are constantly on their feet).
- Snake awareness in the work environment
Employees involved in outdoor work need to factor in hazards such as snakes, ants, bees and wasps during their job safety analysis and ensure that appropriate measures are in place to properly manage such hazards, such as protective clothing, appropriate first aid knowledge and doing
- Australia’s best trainee
Bankstown can now boast the best trainee in Australia.
- Restructuring staff reviews a success
When Greater Dandenong City Council reviewed the results of its 2010 employee survey, one thing stood out more so than anything else: the limitations of Council’s Performance Review and Development Process (known as PREP) to meet the needs of the business.
- Spread the word*
Spread the Word about APS Benefits and we will say thank you with $50.
- Prestigious environmental award for Shoalhaven staff member
Shoalhaven City Council Senior Environmental Planner, Elizabeth Dixon has received the prestigious Louise Petchell Memorial Award at the Local Government Excellence in Environment Awards.
- Childcare centres provide healthy eating options.
Three City of Greater Bendigo Early Learning Centres are providing children with healthy food options to help prevent childhood obesity.
- Regional youth go camping
Young people from Margaret River, Busselton, Dunsborough and Nannup converged at the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) camp earlier this month for three action packed days.
- New momentum to Learner driver program
The Mount Beauty community is working together to support local learner drivers gain their mobility and independence.