October 2020 Edition

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  • Queensland councils welcome funding commitments
    Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed to job-creation programs spanning the state, as well as extra funding for rural mental health in her opening address at the 124th Local Government of Queensland (LGAQ) Annual Conference, today.

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Feature: Training and professional development

  • City unites to address surging youth unemployment
    Local organisations are being encouraged to make a commitment to expand opportunities for young people as youth unemployment in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, approaches 20 percent.
  • Tailor made training*
    Introducing MAC Training Solutions to you.
  • Cultural burn a hands-on education
    Hands-on lessons in fire management have been a game changer at Balonne Shire Council in South West Queensland, where staff have learnt the fundamentals of traditional fire practice at the Shire’s first ever Cultural Burn workshop.
  • Public art map launched
    Alice Springs Town Council, Northern Territory, has launched an interactive online public art map which is now live.
  • Retraining helps build strong teams and versatility
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shire of Exmouth, Western Australia, redeployed staff to other roles rather than taking the option to stand down employees.
  • Alliance strategy endorsed for next five years
    The Shires of Murray and Waroona, Western Australia, have endorsed a blueprint for achieving a more coordinated approach to developing economic initiatives and improved service delivery for their communities.
  • Businesses supported with COVID-19 safe training
    City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, has partnered with local training organisation DeakinCo. to deliver Occupational COVID-19 workplace training free to eligible local businesses as part of the City’s Business Support program.
  • New Asset Management Qualification*
    The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) launches the new online ‘Graduate Certificate in Asset Management’, starting Semester 1, 2021.
  • Blue trees in the burbs
    In the lead up to Mental Health Week 10-17 October, City of Melville, Western Australia, is encouraging the community to get involved in the Blue Trees in the Burbs initiative in support of The Blue Tree Project.
  • Organisational review leads to action
    It’s not always easy to take critical feedback and then implement fundamental change, but that’s exactly what Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland, has been doing since September last year.
  • Mentoring program empowers Council staff
    Preparing employees for the next steps in their careers has been at the forefront of a new mentoring program at Isaac Regional Council, Queensland.
  • Commission trains age-friendly workplaces
    The Australian Human Rights Commission is offering a free online training package for employers and employees in New South Wales (NSW).
  • Keeping staff connected
    In June 2020 Glen Eira Council, Victoria, partnered with Right Management to conduct a Working from Home (WFH) questionnaire which was sent to more than 440 employees. The questionnaire’s aim was to gain invaluable insights from employees, and to see how they were coping with working from home.
  • Determined police leader fast tracks MBA with CQU*
    Uncertainty around COVID-19 has seen a rush of people determined to skill up for future roles, and CQUniversity’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Leadership) is proving popular with aspiring leaders across Australia.
  • Inspiring confidence for a safe return to work
    Adelaide Hills Council, South Australia, acted quickly when COVID-19 restrictions were enforced, assisting those staff able to work from home to set up a safe workspace, maintain productivity, and continue supporting their community.
  • Youth service reaches out with new initiatives
    In response to COVID-19, the Youth Services team at Banyule City Council, Victoria, adapted their work in supporting young people, not only continuing to provide all the previously offered programs in an online space, but also undertaking a range of new successful initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of young people.
  • Scholarship program to help plug childcare skills gap
    A unique scholarship program offered by Greater Hume Council and TAFE NSW is allowing locals interested in a career in the booming childcare sector to ‘earn and learn’ at the same time.
  • Vulnerable people helped to prepare for disasters
    Mackay Regional Council hosted a Queensland-first free training course last month, to help people with support needs prepare for disasters.
  • Ticket to RYDE for local youth
    Disadvantaged young people stand to benefit most from a program to be rolled out by the City of Joondalup, located in Perth’s northern suburbs, which is designed to assist young people towards getting their driver’s licence.
  • Focus on workforce mental health extended
    City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, has taken strong steps forward in supporting the mental wellbeing of its workforce, opting to expand the one day RU OK? Day initiative into a week of presentations, workshops and activities to help staff develop skills and techniques to improve their mental resilience.
  • Authentic engagement means better outcomes*
    The value of authentic Community and Stakeholder Engagement is now more important than ever.
  • Ensuring the maximum benefit from Parklets?*
    Introducing Parklets to support local traders coming out of COVID-19 lockdown will be a great way to stimulate business and get the local economy moving again.