Focus On... Human resource management and OH&S

  • Collaboration tackles skill shortage
    The impact of a chronic shortage of skilled planning professionals on the Eyre Peninsula is being overcome through an innovative resource sharing arrangement that allows councils to access services without having to incur the costs associated with a full-time employee.
  • Conquering distance with eLearning
    In 2018 eLearning was established by the Torres Strait Island Regional Council through its Human Resources department as a way to overcome the barriers of distance, languages and skill levels.
  • Burying the 3Rs myth of local government
    A large contingent of people working at all levels in local government in Victoria will come together for the 2019 LGPro Annual Conference in February to bury the myth that local government is all about rates, roads and rubbish.
  • Future directions - Impressive results for managing workplace injury
  • Regional youth get support
    Temora, in the New South Wales (NSW) Riverina, is the first town to welcome the regional expansion of BREED Australia, a not for profit community charity which supports youth education and employment as well as the incubation of small business.
  • Call for Nature Stewards
    City of Melton, Victoria, is encouraging residents to discover more about their local environment by participating in a new pilot program run by Outdoors Victoria.
  • Opening doors for skilled refugees
    Nader Bulos fled war-torn Syria for Australia with his family two years ago and credits a CareerSeekers program hosted at the City of Sydney for helping kick-start his new life.
  • Read Aon's Local Government Risk Report*
    The 2018 Local Government Risk Report for Australian Local Government, Aon’s 4th national risk survey of the sector with close to 100 risk management executives responding, delivers benchmarking updates and valuable insights about effective risk mitigation and transfer.
  • Council celebrates long service
    Lockyer Valley Regional Council recently paid tribute to some of its longest serving employees.
  • Construction Code changes affect councils*
    Access and Universal Design provides support for councils to understand the new requirements.
  • The right cover*
    Is your council protected from excessive insurance fees?
  • Farmers join the works team
    As the drought continues to impact the district, Forbes Shire Council, New South Wales, has opened up work opportunities for farmers and farming contractors affected by the disaster.
  • Workplace safety rewarded
    Staff throughout Scenic Rim Regional Council who have contributed to an enviable safety record have savoured the rewards of its cost savings, with free cooking classes and stress-busting neck and shoulder massages.
  • Creating a balance
    City of South Perth, Western Australia, recognises that balancing work and personal commitments is important to employees and has implemented a raft of programs to help achieve that balance.
  • Salary sacrifice to encourage ebike uptake
    Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government staff will be able to lease ebikes as part of a new salary sacrificing package to encourage sustainable transport.
  • Expanded training program tackles skills shortage
    Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, has addressed the nationwide skills shortage crisis with a training program that is set to be expanded following four years of success.
  • Mental wellbeing a priority
    Moonee Valley City Council, Victoria, has taken an important step on its continued path towards a more mentally healthy workplace for staff.
  • Partnership brews up ‘Deadly’ new offering
    Noosa Council, Queensland’s, Peregian Digital Hub has launched a ‘barception’ service – an on-site barista and reception service – to be operated by a local not-for-profit Indigenous enterprise.
  • Learning to get ahead*
    ‘It’s already made a massive difference’ – building careers with the Professional Certificate
  • Focus on water grows jobs
    Armidale Regional Council, New South Wales, has welcomed a $67 million expansion of Guyra glasshouse tomato producers, the Costa Group, as an exciting further step in realising the region’s potential as a horticultural hub.
  • School based traineeships on offer
    West Tamar Council, Tasmania, is pleased to be able to offer two School Based Traineeships from 2019 to acquire a Certificate II in Civil Construction.
  • Youth jobs get a YES
    Fourteen Richmond Valley high school students will this year join the ranks of the New South Wales council’s award-winning Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
  • Developing a safety culture
    The City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters’, South Australia, efforts in the implementation of risk management programs and processes have been recognised with a Local Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme (LGWCS) Work Health and Safety (WHS) Best Practice Major Award for a metropolitan council.
  • Youth forum on climate change
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has targeted the region’s youth for consultation on Climate Change Policy, at a forum hosted by Mayor Jane Smith.
  • Human rights education for council staff
    The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission marked Human Rights Week in December with the launch of a free online education program about the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities for local government staff.
  • Street libraries add community connection
    Through its Street Libraries pilot program, Hobsons Bay City Council, Victoria, is inviting 20 residents in Altona North and Brooklyn to host a free street library outside of their house to share the joys of reading with their neighbours.
  • Work safe health forum
    Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Queensland, will use a public forum to spread its message on health, wellbeing, safe work practices and injury prevention hoping to generate awareness for safe practices and strategies which can be implemented in work places, at home and in the community.
  • New approach to recruitment finds the best
    Forbes Sire Council, New South Wales, has adopted a new approach to ensure they get the best possible applicant for every job.
  • Secure code for local jobs
     A Secure Local Jobs Code, implemented last month, has changed how the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government awards contracts for government funded work to better protect Canberra workers.
  • Local councils help make farm recycling easy*
    For years, farmers and other AgVet chemical users had few options for disposing used containers. Consequently, they were dumped, buried or burnt.
  • Collaboration tackles skill shortage
    The impact of a chronic shortage of skilled planning professionals on the Eyre Peninsula is being overcome through an innovative resource sharing arrangement that allows councils to access services without having to incur the costs associated with a full-time employee.
  • Conquering distance with eLearning
    In 2018 eLearning was established by the Torres Strait Island Regional Council through its Human Resources department as a way to overcome the barriers of distance, languages and skill levels.
  • Burying the 3Rs myth of local government
    A large contingent of people working at all levels in local government in Victoria will come together for the 2019 LGPro Annual Conference in February to bury the myth that local government is all about rates, roads and rubbish.
  • Future directions - Impressive results for managing workplace injury
  • Regional youth get support
    Temora, in the New South Wales (NSW) Riverina, is the first town to welcome the regional expansion of BREED Australia, a not for profit community charity which supports youth education and employment as well as the incubation of small business.
  • Call for Nature Stewards
    City of Melton, Victoria, is encouraging residents to discover more about their local environment by participating in a new pilot program run by Outdoors Victoria.
  • Opening doors for skilled refugees
    Nader Bulos fled war-torn Syria for Australia with his family two years ago and credits a CareerSeekers program hosted at the City of Sydney for helping kick-start his new life.
  • Read Aon's Local Government Risk Report*
    The 2018 Local Government Risk Report for Australian Local Government, Aon’s 4th national risk survey of the sector with close to 100 risk management executives responding, delivers benchmarking updates and valuable insights about effective risk mitigation and transfer.
  • Council celebrates long service
    Lockyer Valley Regional Council recently paid tribute to some of its longest serving employees.
  • Construction Code changes affect councils*
    Access and Universal Design provides support for councils to understand the new requirements.
  • The right cover*
    Is your council protected from excessive insurance fees?
  • Farmers join the works team
    As the drought continues to impact the district, Forbes Shire Council, New South Wales, has opened up work opportunities for farmers and farming contractors affected by the disaster.
  • Workplace safety rewarded
    Staff throughout Scenic Rim Regional Council who have contributed to an enviable safety record have savoured the rewards of its cost savings, with free cooking classes and stress-busting neck and shoulder massages.
  • Creating a balance
    City of South Perth, Western Australia, recognises that balancing work and personal commitments is important to employees and has implemented a raft of programs to help achieve that balance.
  • Salary sacrifice to encourage ebike uptake
    Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government staff will be able to lease ebikes as part of a new salary sacrificing package to encourage sustainable transport.
  • Expanded training program tackles skills shortage
    Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, has addressed the nationwide skills shortage crisis with a training program that is set to be expanded following four years of success.
  • Mental wellbeing a priority
    Moonee Valley City Council, Victoria, has taken an important step on its continued path towards a more mentally healthy workplace for staff.
  • Partnership brews up ‘Deadly’ new offering
    Noosa Council, Queensland’s, Peregian Digital Hub has launched a ‘barception’ service – an on-site barista and reception service – to be operated by a local not-for-profit Indigenous enterprise.
  • Learning to get ahead*
    ‘It’s already made a massive difference’ – building careers with the Professional Certificate
  • Focus on water grows jobs
    Armidale Regional Council, New South Wales, has welcomed a $67 million expansion of Guyra glasshouse tomato producers, the Costa Group, as an exciting further step in realising the region’s potential as a horticultural hub.
  • School based traineeships on offer
    West Tamar Council, Tasmania, is pleased to be able to offer two School Based Traineeships from 2019 to acquire a Certificate II in Civil Construction.
  • Youth jobs get a YES
    Fourteen Richmond Valley high school students will this year join the ranks of the New South Wales council’s award-winning Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
  • Developing a safety culture
    The City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters’, South Australia, efforts in the implementation of risk management programs and processes have been recognised with a Local Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme (LGWCS) Work Health and Safety (WHS) Best Practice Major Award for a metropolitan council.
  • Youth forum on climate change
    Central Coast Council, New South Wales, has targeted the region’s youth for consultation on Climate Change Policy, at a forum hosted by Mayor Jane Smith.
  • Human rights education for council staff
    The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission marked Human Rights Week in December with the launch of a free online education program about the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities for local government staff.
  • Street libraries add community connection
    Through its Street Libraries pilot program, Hobsons Bay City Council, Victoria, is inviting 20 residents in Altona North and Brooklyn to host a free street library outside of their house to share the joys of reading with their neighbours.
  • Work safe health forum
    Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Queensland, will use a public forum to spread its message on health, wellbeing, safe work practices and injury prevention hoping to generate awareness for safe practices and strategies which can be implemented in work places, at home and in the community.
  • New approach to recruitment finds the best
    Forbes Sire Council, New South Wales, has adopted a new approach to ensure they get the best possible applicant for every job.
  • Secure code for local jobs
     A Secure Local Jobs Code, implemented last month, has changed how the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government awards contracts for government funded work to better protect Canberra workers.
  • Local councils help make farm recycling easy*
    For years, farmers and other AgVet chemical users had few options for disposing used containers. Consequently, they were dumped, buried or burnt.