Tougher penalties for councillor misconduct
The South Australian Local Government Association (LGA) has proposed changes to the code of conduct for elected members that would include the elevation of bullying and harassment behaviours to misconduct, as well as the introduction of tougher penalties for breaches of the code.
Council jobs on the rise
A new job creation program focused on building projects managed by Queensland’s local councils has coincided with an increase in regional employment.
By working in collaboration with their communities, councils are helping to drive long-term change in socially disadvantaged areas.
A wheelie safe city
The City of Fremantle in Western Australia is increasing community safety – on two wheels.
20 year anniversary*
Coffs Harbour City Council is organising the 20th Anniversary Local Government Information Technology Conference at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, 29 November – 1 December 2017.
Addressing digital disadvantage
Bellingen Shire Council in New South Wales has been advocating strongly to NBNCo to secure fast internet for the Bellingen community.
Canada – you beauty - The Good Oil by Rod Brown
Canada’s socioeconomic set-up is very close to ours – Westminster system, European roots, middle-sized economy, abundant minerals and energy, the tyranny of distance and an industry policy trying to come to grips with strong competition from Asian and other low cost nations.
New home for local artists
The brand new Fleurieu Arthouse in the City of Onkaparinga in South Australia is providing local artists with the support they need to create and sell their work.
Port Broughton shores up its defences*
A product originally designed to provide protection to military bases in the Middle East is about to defend parts of the foreshore at Port Broughton, South Australia.
Creating a safe space at events
Cessnock City Council is teaming up with Ability Links NSW to roll out an inclusive tent to provide locals with a place for time out at community events.
Asking community R U OK?
Glenorchy City Council in Tasmania is working with the community to understand the importance of mental health.
Intensive consultation strengthens planning
The City of South Perth has undertaken a planning project to renew the South Perth Station Precinct (SPSP) involving intensive consultation with the community and key stakeholders.
A one hundred per cent human workplace
Lake Macquarie City Council in New South Wales has recently received international recognition for its leadership in human resources, with its efforts showcased alongside those of major global companies.
Tackling mental health head on
Moonee Valley City Council in Melbourne is rolling out a youth mental health program in local schools in order to train teachers, parents, carers and students on mental health first aid.
Award winning trainees
Tweed Shire Council in New South Wales has been recognised as a training ground for talent, with several trainees and apprentices winning top awards.
It’s all about the numbers*
Despite human resources (HR) practitioners actively recognising the need for data and analytics, they are reticent to develop the requisite capabilities to achieve their stated aims.
Goodbye after 43 years
Isaac Regional Council in Queensland recently farewelled an employee who has served the community for more than four decades.
Building the rural workforce
While many rural communities are continuing to face challenges with sourcing skilled workers, Gilgandra Shire Council in central New South Wales is supporting local young people and building skills within its own workforce.
Tools for conflict resolution
In early September, staff at West Tamar Council in Tasmania participated in specialised training to develop strategies for conflict resolution within the workplace and for dealing with difficult customers.
Encouraging personal health goals
Kempsey Shire Council in New South Wales has launched a health and wellbeing program as a way to encourage its staff to lead healthy lifestyles and set personal health goals.
Flexible learning makes good policy*
Flinders University offers flexible programs in public administration, delivered online by our nationally recognised, award-winning academics.1
Older visitors welcomed at Mosman Art Gallery
Mosman Council in Sydney has responded to the needs of its ageing population through an innovative program that trains volunteer art gallery guides to better communicate with dementia sufferers.
Supporting staff to live well
In March 2017, Northern Beaches Council in New South Wales introduced a Health and Wellbeing policy to support its people and enhance productivity, support an ageing workforce, and lower stress and absenteeism.