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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 visual checks.
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.
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