Focus On... Training and professional development

  • Better living starts at work
    AlburyCity in New South Wales encourages a holistic approach to staff wellbeing – including walks, workshops and health checks.
  • Credit checks reduce procurement risk*
    By Rob Cook
  • Future directions - By George Dedes, Acting General Manager, City of Ryde
  • 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.
  • Body composition supports employee health
    South Gippsland Shire Council is utilising body composition scan technology, in a bid to educate staff about their bodies and to encourage healthier lifestyles.
  • Mental health awareness for men
    Banana Shire in Queensland welcomed one of Australia’s leading mental health advocates during Men’s Health Week earlier this year.
  • UTS graduate offerings in local government expand*
    The Centre for Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:CLG) offers fully accredited practice-based professional development and academic courses for the local government sector.
  • Promoting wellbeing for young and old
    The City of Gosnells in Western Australia seeks to ensure residents of all ages have opportunities to stay mentally and physically healthy.
  • Promoting wellness at work
    Staff at the City of Burnside in South Australia recently enjoyed a massage, yoga and sessions on a range of health issues as part of a new wellness initiative.
  • Supporting future indigenous employees
    Since 2014, Glenelg Shire Council in regional Victoria has run a successful Aboriginal Educational Scholarships program.
  • Council traineeships on display
    Penrith City Council in New South Wales recently exhibited its successful traineeship program at the Skills and Thrills Careers Showcase.
  • Regional youth have a say
    Lockhart Shire Council in the Riverina area of New South Wales is doing the groundwork to establish a youth-led Youth Advisory Committee in the region.
  • Maximise the benefits of community engagement*
    There are, certainly, challenges for engaging communities effectively. The rewards for getting it right may be more than you imagine.
  • 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.
  • Communities combine to clean up graffiti
    More than 70 New South Wales (NSW) councils will lend their support to the state wide annual Graffiti Removal Day on 29 October.
  • Quality feedback – no fear*
    Social Pinpoint provides the right tools for taking the risk out of online engagement.
  • 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.