Each edition of FOCUS features one area of Council activity. Deadlines for submitting editorial is the last Friday of the month prior to Publication.
|January 2013||National Issues||Environmental sustainability and climate change, infrastructure, roads and asset management, rural and regional Australia, financial sustainability, inclusive communities, broadband, communications and community engagement.|
|February 2013||Human Resource Management, OH&S||Skills shortage and recruitment, courses
and seminars, performance appraisals
and other HR initiatives, work/life balance,
training materials, inhouse, offsite and online
training, safe work practices, safety products,
rehabilitation programs, OH&S courses,
insurance, security and risk management.
|March 2013||Information & Communication Technology (ICT)||The latest software and hardware, internet, broadband and telecommunications development, 24/7 services, CCTV and security, online training, innovations in information technology, including electronic lodgements, GIS, GPS, VoIP and social media.|
|April 2013||Engineering & Public Works||Innovations in road design, water, drainage and other infrastructure, waste management and litter control, maintenance, parks and gardens, traffc management and road safety, trucks and feet, quality assurance, asset management and GIS mapping.
|May 2013||Administration & Management Systems||Latest software systems, state of the art offce equipment, quality assurance, performance monitoring, fnancial management and procurement, benchmarking, human resources, staff development, contract management and customer service.|
|June 2013||Environmental Management|| Climate change and a carbon economy, water conservation, recycling and waste management, landcare, open space, parks and gardens, bushcare, energy and resource effciency, coastal and stormwater management, environmental health and environmental audits.
|July 2013||Financial Sustainability & Asset Management||Software packages, debt management, budgeting, accountability and transparency, GIS and asset management techniques, roads and infrastructure, facilities management, innovative business practices, customer service and human resource management.|
|August 2013||Community Services, Leisure, Parks & Gardens||Community development programs, recreation, parks and gardens, urban and open spaces, libraries, the arts, social planning, cultural development and economic development.|
|September 2013||Training & Professional Development||Courses, conferences and seminars; staff development, performance appraisals and other HR initiatives; training videos and publications; in house and off site training; Internet and Intranet training.|
|October 2013||Best Practice||Continuous improvement, including benchmarking and quality assurance, business development, telecommunications and information technology, and a range of services and products putting Local Government at the cutting edge of best practice.|
|November 2013||Tourism & Economic Development||Economic development initiatives at a local or regional level, joint ventures between Local Government and the private sector, regional development, ecotourism, cultural development, job creation programs, e-government, business incubators and related topics.|
|December 2013||Business Efficiency & Sustainability||Procurement and financial services, customer service, IT and management systems, insurance, training programs, resource sharing, efficiency enhancing products and services, climate change and environmentally friendly business practices.|
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