Focus On... Training and Professional Development

  • The Best Practices of Performance Management*
    Why do we need smartphone fitness applications to track our steps when we know that regular jogging in the park will meet our daily exercise needs?
  • Take the 5-point LinkedIn check up*
    Have you considered your personal brand recently? In 2010 there were 64 million people with LinkedIn accounts, midway through 2015 there is now 380 million account holders. LinkedIn is now considered a key tool in business for professional networking, market research, recruitment and personal brand development.
  • Having kittens
    Banyule Council is offering residents free cat desexing and microchipping as part of its successful two-year campaign to reduce the number of unwanted litters of kittens and stray cats.
  • Tough times call for tougher roads*
    Despite road maintenance grants from Federal and State governments, figures show that many councils still face a significant backlog to bring local roads to a satisfactory condition.
  • Diversifying libraries
    Fairfield City has launched a program dedicated to diversifying and innovating the municipality’s libraries.
  • City surveillance solutions from Bosch Security Systems*
    Ensuring public security & safety
  • Managing e-waste
    Lake Macquarie City Council reached a major sustainability milestone in August, with one million kilograms of e-waste collected for recycling – equivalent in weight to 50,000 large analogue televisions.
  • Consultation for better planning
    The District Council of Grant recently unveiled its master plans for Port MacDonnell, Tarpeena and River & Coastal communities, which provides a multi-million dollar roadmap for the revitalisation of river and coastal townships in the lower south east of South Australia.
  • Procuring local success
    Mount Alexander Shire Council has recently adopted an updated procurement policy, which promotes local suppliers and a uses a streamlined online tender system.
  • Self-service kerbside collection*
    Councils who offer at-call cleanup services are looking to reduce the administrative effort of booking in kerbside cleanup collections and are looking to self-service web portal software packages to facilitate the process.
  • Equal access to Central Business District
    The Naracoorte Lucindale Council, via its Naracoorte Main Streets Access project, has delivered improved access to the Naracoorte Central Business District for people with a disability, particularly to the main streets of Smith and Ormerod.
  • 2016 – a year for grants*
    How do you meet the ever-increasing community expectations to fund your strategic objectives, infrastructure or facilities when there is so much competition for grants?
  • Going paperless
    Murrindindi Shire Council’s Planning Unit is paving the way for small rural councils in going ‘paperless’, following the introduction of an electronic document and records management system across the organisation.
  • Digital Shift Helping to Define Procurement Best Practice*
    Best-practice is an interesting concept. At its most useful, it represents a set of overarching guidelines, rather than a prescribed list of tightly defined methods. This reflects the fact that while procedures may change from time to time, the ideals remain constant. But even if we are clear about the destination, it’s of no use if we don’t know how to get there.
  • Futrue Directions - from Julia Leu, Mayor of Douglas Shire, Queensland
    Coumminity hub simplifies services
  • Transparent finances
    In a bid to enhance transparency, Warringah Council has begun updating its financial and project data online every month.
  • Lobbying for better telecommunications
    Aurukun Shire Council, a remote Indigenous Cape York Peninsula community, has encouraged residents to lobby State and Federal governments and Telstra to seek funding to upgrade the region’s telecommunications facilities.