Focus On... Training and Professional Development

  • Are your councils fit for future?

  • City of Sydney turns committee meetings paperless with Diligent Boards
  • Championing Women
    Councillor Sandra Wilson recently accepted the position of Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter Champion for Hobsons Bay City Council.
  • Improving efficiency
    In a move to improve efficiency and convenience, Holroyd City Council has transitioned to an entirely online performance evaluation system.
  • Managing employee performance*
    Council The City of Ryde is located 12 kilometres northwest of central Sydney. There are 16 suburbs within the City, with a mix of residential living and successful business, retail and educational centres.
  • Councils united on training
    A group of South Australian councils has taken a regional approach to training and development and induction, resulting in a best practice strategy that is a model for other councils.
  • Junior Councillors take to the chambers
    There was spirited debate in Penrith Council Chambers recently when the 2015 Junior Council Meeting was held.
  • Upgraded road management solution*
    Road and soil stabilising has received a much needed upgrade, with Australian councils embracing a smarter, more efficient approach to road maintenance and construction.
  • Tip-off hotlines reduce fraud
    Research has shown that the encouragement of anonymous reporting can significantly reduce fraud within an organisation.
  • Staff engagement boosted
    The City of Boroondara’s Customer Service team has received recognition for a program that has seen staff engagement increase by 50 percent in less than a year.
  • National Local Government HR Conference*
    The Municipal Association of Victoria, in partnership with all other peak local government bodies in Australia, is proud to be hosting the fourth National Local Government Human Resources Conference at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 11–13 November 2015.
  • Constructing a future
    Staff members from Bundaberg Regional Council’s Roads and Drainage team have been given the opportunity to upskill their qualifications.
  • Workplace lunchtime seminars a big hit*
    It is becoming increasingly common that staff at local councils want trusted advice in a relaxed atmosphere, without the high pressure selling of a “salesman”.
  • Expanding local government staff capability*
    The research and training work undertaken at the University of Technology Sydney by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) and the Centre for Local government (UTS:CLG) includes topic areas designed to develop staff capability – for specialists and generalists.
  • Embracing the future of libraries
    The City of Stirling is embracing the exciting future of technology and helping to prepare the community and assist them in developing their technological skills through a variety of programs and workshops within its six libraries.
  • Cultural burn
    In a first for the municipality, Coffs Harbour City Council has joined forces with specially trained Aboriginal firefighters to conduct a cultural burn to improve habitat around the Regional Airport.
  • Taking on trainees
    Mackay Regional Council will soon welcome a new intake of trainees and apprentices.
  • Future Directions - By Deborah Schaefer, Learning & Development Coordinator based in Nhulunbuy at East Arnhem Regional Council
    Embracing change and workforce upskilling in East Arnhem.
  • Council traineeships
    Two local Indigenous young people have undertaken school-based traineeships with Southern Downs Regional Council under the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway program (IYCP).
  • Training for all ages
    Richmond Valley Council invested more than $500,000 in training and professional development in the 2014–2015 financial year, including a program aimed at fostering intergenerational learning.