February 2016 Edition

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Feature: Human Resource Management, OH&S (February 2016 Edition)

  • A great place to work
    The City of Onkaparinga is aiming high and achieving milestones in providing a safe and inclusive workplace for a hearing-impaired employee.
  • Expo yields new recruits
    Richmond Valley Council kick-started 2016 with 15 new recruits following another successful careers evening.
  • Council launches traineeships
    Whitsunday Regional Council has obtained funding under the Queensland Government’s $2.5 million First Start Program to launch a traineeship program. Mayor Jenny Whitney said the program would enable Council to recruit seven local jobseekers across Council’s Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine operations.
  • Future Directions - by Fiona Piltz, Wagga Wagga City Council, New South Wales
    Fiona Piltz, Strategic Partner – People and Culture.
  • Maintaining the roads and your edge*
    Australia relies more on road transport than any other nation in the world, on a per capita basis.
  • On the road training
    West Arnhem Regional Council (WARC) road crews working on the remote Murganella Road last year successfully completed their Traffic Management Work Zone two and three and white card training.
  • Employee values
    When a staff satisfaction survey at Balonne Shire Council revealed that employees lacked a sense of identity an Employee Values Working Group was formed to address the issue. The aim of the group was to develop a set of values that resonated with employees, that inspired employees and that described how employees worked at Council. Critical to the success of the Working Group was the knowledge that the values developed would be by employees for employees, with no influence from management.
  • Our services are personal. Our services are financial. The power of a co-operative. The APS benefits group exist to benefit you & your family*
    Featured Product…. Membership  & APS Personal Loans.
  • App will pinpoint new defibrillators
    Four defibrillators have been bought by Councillors to improve safety in the Fraser Coast region.
  • The Generator Program
    Talent pipeline at Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Leadership workshops help future-proof
    At Moonee Valley City Council, future planning is not just for senior managers – leaders at all levels across the organisation are getting involved in planning for the future.
  • Plan your 2016 training with Australia’s national HR association*
    The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) is the chosen career partner for HR professionals and people managers.
  • Minister mistaken on sector training support
    Local Government Minister Tony Simpson is mistaken in his claim that the Local Government sector has provided implicit support for mandatory Elected Member training according to Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) President Councillor Lynne Cragie.
  • 2016 AHRI Professional Development Events Calendar*
    The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) offers a range of national, state and local professional development and networking events:
  • Exceeding expectations
    Albany Regional Day Care has been awarded a rating of “exceeding” by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, one of the highest ratings a service can achieve under the National Quality Framework.
  • Are things getting worse in our workplaces?*
    Statistics show that bullying complaints have risen significantly and workers compensation injury claims have been steadily increasing. However, many of the situations leading to these statistics started as symptoms of conflict in work relationships.
  • Revegetation is a thriving business
    Since the Mackay Natural Environment Centre’s (MNEC) extensive redevelopment nearly 12 months ago, more than 40,500 plants have been planted from its stocks around the region. A further 50,000 plants are currently being grown, including 27,000 trees.
  • Don’t shoot the performance review*
    By Garry Davis 2016
  • On-the-job experience
    Three engineering students have been gaining valuable on-the-job experience participating in Armidale Dumaresq Council’s annual work placement program.
  • Employees share and benefit
    A staff survey of 583 Lake Macquarie City Council staff revealed that income protection insurance would be a highly valued employee benefit. However, investigations found the cost to Council for providing this insurance to employees would be high.