Focus On... Training and professional development

  • Apprentice mechanic breaking down gender stereotypes
    Tegan Muirhead said fear had initially held her back from becoming a diesel mechanic, but the young Wagga Wagga City Council apprentice is now inspiring other women to take the risk and to help break down gender stereotypes across male-dominated industries.
  • Seeing is believing*
    One of the biggest issues for communities is the loss of ownership and direction often felt through lack of time and involvement, and even knowing who makes up your community.
  • Local youth look ahead
    Kyogle Council, New South Wales, and Kyogle Together Inc. supported three young members of Council’s youth advisory group Swoopin’ Season to attend the Unleash the Future MMXIX NSW Youth Council Conference in Blacktown last month.
  • Network supports staff to drive change
    Glen Eira City Council, Victoria, recently launched the Practice Leaders Network, a program that aims to deliver organisational change via cultivating staff capabilities.
  • Apprentice program fills skills gap for council
    With several major developments and upgrades underway, Northern Midlands Council, Tasmania, is supporting two apprentices in its Works Department.
  • Council grows its own and celebrates training awards win
    A focus on upskilling and developing staff led Central Highlands Regional Council to take out two Queensland Training Awards earlier this year.
  • Well-fest promotes staff wellbeing
    Following the success of a wellness day in 2017, the City of Burnside in South Australia has expanded the program to become the week-long Well-fest.
  • Proving that mental health matters
    Via its ‘Mental Health Matters’ campaign, Murrindindi Shire Council, Victoria, has successfully worked with the Victorian Government to enable easier access to mental health services for its community.
  • Universal Design targets everyone*
    Being able to go where we want, when we want, with as little fuss as possible is important for everyone.
  • Bulldogs leadership program changing young lives
    In partnership with the Western Bulldogs Leadership Project, Glenelg Shire Council, Victoria, has welcomed 18 new graduates to the ‘life-changing’ youth leadership program.
  • Community says it’s a top place to live
    The 2019 biennial MARKYT Community Scorecard survey has shown the Town of East Fremantle, Western Australia, to again be one of the highest performing local governments as a ‘place to live’ and as a ‘governing organisation’.
  • Resource sharing a winner
    Sharing staff resources with neighbouring councils is helping upskill employees and increase revenue for the Mid Murray Council, South Australia.
  • Caloundra serves up an ace
    The Sunshine Coast Tennis Centre in Caloundra, Queensland, is set to become the region’s premier tennis facility with a multi-million dollar upgrade on target for completion by the end of the year.
  • Training in mental health first aid
    To help support staff in the workplace, two Tasmanian councils have implemented mental health first aid training, enabling staff members to provide compassionate and confidential peer support.
  • The importance of risk management education for councils*
    Risk management, the simple mention of the term in councils invokes a range of reactions, the most usual of which is an eye roll.
  • Hoops to help the homeless
    What started as a small idea with Moreland City Council, Victoria, gardener and basketball fanatic, Chris Worner, looking for a way to help rough sleepers in Moreland; morphed into an event that attracted the attention of Olympian Michele Timms, NBA superstar Andrew Bogut and media personality Peter Hitchener.
  • Harvard professor hosts civic innovation masterclass
    The City of Canning, Western Australia, recently partnered with Dr David S. Ricketts to bring local government leaders from across the state together for an exclusive innovation masterclass. 
  • Holistic approach to foster employee wellbeing
    Lake Macquarie City Council, New South Wales, is taking an all-inclusive approach to fostering employee wellbeing and strengthening organisational productivity.
  • Tasmanian mayors seek industry training hub
    Councils from the Murchison region have urged the Federal Government for a priority roll out of the proposed industry training hub in Burnie.
  • Setting customer service standards
    Barossa Council, South Australia, has implemented an ambitious Change Program, which aims to break down service delivery silos within the organisation and deliver leading customer service.
  • Staff learning and development is key to success
    The City of Armadale, Western Australia, has an outstanding track record of recruiting and developing a skilled workforce by providing a wide range of training for its staff.
  • Summit provides inspiration for the next generation
    Redland and Logan city councils, Queensland, have held the inaugural Young Entrepreneurs Summit (YES), providing inspiration for a new generation of innovators.
  • In-house training kick-starts conversations
    Burdekin Shire Council, Queensland, is building a new ‘culture of conversation’ following an intensive series of in-house training sessions focusing on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Fraud and Corruption Control.
  • Skate program voted a rolling success
    More than 2,200 skateboarders, scooter and BMX riders took part in a series of free clinics and competitions in the City of Gosnells, Western Australia, as part of an initiative designed to engage and encourage positive participation amongst young people.
  • Teaching the teachers on mental health
    The City of Melville, Western Australia, joined forces with The Experience Lab, headspace™ and the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation earlier this year, to host Supporting Student Wellbeing, a teacher professional development event on mental health and wellbeing in young people.
  • Nissan Navara ST King Cab 4X4 now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard*
    Nissan Navara ST King Cab 4X4 has been updated with a new entertainment system that features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connectivity capabilities.
  • Supporting local youth to grow
    West Tamar Council, Tasmania, is supporting local young people to achieve their best and become leaders in the community.