Focus On... Human Resources Management and OH&S

  • Mock trial highlights workplace violence
    As part of October’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Month, the City of Boroondara in Victoria staged a courtroom trial to highlight the importance of taking violence in the workplace seriously.
  • Resolving Conflict & Disputes*
    Are culture and skills’ fault-lines holding back local government?
  • Future directions by Biggi Gosling, Alice Springs Town Council
  • Councils join forces on HR
    Shared human resource service delivery is reaping rewards for West Wimmera Shire Council and Horsham Rural City Council in Victoria.
  • Culvert works offer training opportunities
    West Arnhem Regional Council (WARC) recently identified a unique opportunity to develop the skills of its local workforce while repairing damaged roadways essential to the community.
  • Apprentices head for tradies’ Olympics
    Two Newcastle City Council apprentices will vie for a place in an international contest recognised as the Olympic Games for trades after proving their skills at regional level.
  • The maintenance challenge*
    Australia relies more on road transport than any other nation in the world, on a per capita basis.
  • Benefits for working parents
    Toowoomba Regional Council in Queensland is providing its staff with increased benefits and flexibility, in particular for working parents and carers.
  • Community Garden set to GROW
    Wollondilly Shire Council, Wollondilly Health Alliance and Community Links Wollondilly have received a $10,000 funding grant from the New State Wales State Government for a community garden partnership program.
  • Football club partnership gets residents active
    Melton City Council in Victoria has teamed up with the Western Bulldogs Football Club to deliver a successful health and wellbeing program for young women.
  • e-Learning for all employees
    Since the City of Perth rolled out e-Learning in February last year they have logged more than 3500 online course completions.
  • Track hits the lottery
    The Shire of Augusta Margaret River in Western Australia will receive a $50,000 Lotterywest grant to extend the Wadani Track benefiting walkers and cyclists.
  • Reducing workplace injuries
    At a time when many local governments are experiencing increased manual handling incidents, Manningham Council in Victoria is reversing the trend.
  • Human Resources Conference*
    Registration is now open for Australia’s HR event of the year.
  • Local graduates recognised at local ceremony
    Roper Gulf Regional Council awarded work-ready qualifications to the Northern Territory’s latest Community Development Program (CDP) graduates at an official ceremony in Barunga last month.
  • Improving productivity
    King Island Council in Tasmania is embracing a whole-of-workforce improvement plan to increase productivity and improve customer service.
  • Performance review overhaul
    Glenorchy City Council, Tasmania undertook a major overhaul of their performance review system, a 12 months process that achieved outstanding results.
  • Creative approach to a serious topic
    Surf Coast Shire Council, Victoria joined with students from a local university to creatively engage staff in conversations about Workplace Health and Safety (WHS).
  • Career development with local focus, national reach*
    Working in the local government sector requires specialist knowledge that needs continuing professional development.
  • Taking charge in Local Government
    The 2018 LGPro annual conference will be held on 21-22 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Rise in parking officer abuse
    Newcastle City Council in New South Wales has registered a spike in attacks on parking officers and rangers by the general public.
  • Cycle club on track
    Dubbo Regional Council has formed a new Working Party to oversee the town’s development of the new cycling facility.
  • Have you reviewed your Will lately?*
    If you have a will, have you reviewed your will recently?
  • Young people have their say
    Golden Plains Shire has received $120,000 to invest in the region’s youth through the Victorian Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program.
  • Flying foxes move in
    Bathurst Regional Council is currently hosting a colony of flying foxes that has established a camp within the town’s Machattie Park.
  • Council proudly welcomes fresh faces
    Isaac Regional Council has officially welcomed eight new trainees to the organisation.
  • The future of work
    Cardinia Shire Council in Victoria has been leading the way on activity-based working, which encourages flexibility and the use of mobile technology.
  • Online portal promotes local jobs
    An online jobs portal run by the City of Logan in Queensland is registering high user engagement and finding local people local jobs.
  • Safety – ‘Every Time’
    City of Holdfast Bay CEO Justin Lynch says workplace health and safety (WHS) awareness has become an integral part of the South Australian coastal council’s culture – thanks to an innovative internal engagement campaign.
  • Safe City cameras keep an eye on Ipswich
    Ipswich City Council is considering an expansion to its Safe City monitoring program.
  • Minimising the risk
    Lake Macquarie City Council’s Risk Initiative Program is an innovative, easy-to-implement initiative to help Council address a variety of risks and achieve an improved risk profile, culture and performance across its operations.