2012 Local Government Remuneration Survey Invitation (36/2011)

 

Do you know if you pay competitive pay rates? How many of your employees are close to retirement and how does that compare with the industry? What are others doing to attract and retain employees?

The Local Government Remuneration Survey is the only sector-specific survey in Australia that provides this remuneration information for a large number of Local Governments across the country. The 2012 process is again jointly organised by six of the Local Government Associations in Australia.

A survey of this type, if commercially created, would normally cost several thousand dollars. In being conducted exclusively within the sector by Local Government Associations, costs are kept to a minimum and participating Local Governments are able to purchase the survey outcomes for a discounted price of $250 (incl GST).

The survey outcomes provide an invaluable resource to assist Local Governments with the planning and implementation of salary structures and help guide workforce planning. The survey covers 100 common Local Government positions as well as a wide range of relevant information.

To be involved, complete the attached worksheet before emailing it back to us. For additional information go to www.workplacesolutions.asn.au. Those Local Governments that participate prior to 20 January 2012 will go into the draw for a years’ single subscription to Workplace Express - the industrial relations and employment law news service (valued at $929).

Please email us on survey@walga.asn.auor call 1300 366 956 if you have any queries on the 2012 Local Government Remuneration Survey.

Local Government Industry Award Interpretation Course (32/2011)

 

While it is now close to two years since the commencement of the Local Government Industry Award on January 1, 2010 clients are still developing their knowledge of it and related National Employment Standards.

It is important to understand the coverage and conditions of this award and Workplace Solutions have responded to this need by scheduled the training course - Award Interpretation for Payroll Officers which is detailed below.

This course has been designed to provide an understanding and assistance in the interpretation of employee entitlements and conditions contained within the national Local Government Industry Award 2010. The course will also cover the conditions of the Local Government (Long Services Leave) Regulations.

Course Content:

  • The award, agreements and facilitative provisions
  • Categories of employment
  • Hours of work
  • Salaries and wages
  • Leave provisions; and
  • National Employment Standards

Who Should Attend:

Employees involved with payroll, human resources, management and supervision of employees should consider attending this course to enhance their ability to effectively interpret and apply the conditions of the Local government Industry Award 2010.

Local Government Industry Award Interpretation Course Details
Date Thursday, 8 December 2011
Time 9:00am – 4:30pm
Venue WALGA Boardroom
Cost $395.00 (plus GST)

For further information, please contact us on 9213 2000.

2011 National Local Government Human Resources Conference - Early Bird Extended (30/2011)

 

Due to the early bird finishing in school holidays, we have decided to extend it to 14 October. Over 130 human resource professionals from around Australia have already registered for this premier event.

The conference theme is future focussed and called “HR’s World of Tomorrow”. Any leader who is interested in staffing issues, and needs to be updated about the latest in employment trends, is encouraged to attend.

Apart from our Keynote speakers, we have an extensive range of MasterClass workshops to cater for every learning need. Conference participants can attend four of them. These include:

Recruitment Stream

“Where is recruitment heading?” – Jay Munro - Alliance & Strategy Manager, MyCareer - Fairfax Media (Sponsor)

Learning Stream

“Strategy, People and Performance” - Dr Wesley McClendon, GM Talent & Organisational Development, Fonterra Dairies, NZ

IR Stream

“Hot issues in IR” – state industrial officers from NSW and Queensland

Performance Stream

“Organisational development – what every HR professional must know” – Wendy Perry, Consultant

HR Skills Stream

“Bloody engineers, what would they know about attracting and training staff?” - John Roydhouse IPWEA

HR Case Studies Stream

“Case Study -Chronic Illness in the Workplace”– Helen Anstis, CEO Baw Baw Shire, Vic

HR Employment Law topic of the day - Ross Jackson and Lindy Richardson, Partners from Maddocks Lawyers

Learning Stream

“Counselling skills for HR professionals” – Judy Archer, Senior Learning & Development Consultant, Local Government Learning Solutions

WHS Stream

“WHS harmonisation … how to make it work for you?” -Facilitators from the Justice and Attorney Generals Dept of Qld (Division of WHS)

Performance Stream

“Employee Engagement in Councils: Case Studies, Research Findings & Practical Advice” -Dr Peter Langford, Director of Voice Project

HR Skills Stream

“Organisational Culture Inventories – Case studies from Australian councils”

Norm Turkington, Consultant and Organisational Psychologist

HR Health Stream

“Have your cake and eat it too - Delivering meaningful employee health benefits without cost or pain” - Peter Scullin, CEO HealthLink

We have made the twelve MasterClass workshops at the event as practical as possible. Workshop facilitators have been encouraged to develop sessions with ready to use takeaway tools such as templates, models, questionnaires etc. You can attend four of the twelve workshops.

There will also be a panel session called “Dealing with natural disasters”. A representative from Lockyer Valley Regional Council, which was one of the councils so badly affected by the recent flood disaster in Queensland, and David Whittingham, who is one of the crisis counsellors working with Queensland councils and communities, will present the panel session.

Networking activities include the optional 7 November Monday night dinner and entertainment at the Kurrawa Surf Club (within walking distance of Jupiters). Please note that we now have a sponsor for the dinner (SCO Recruitment) and the price has been reduced to $55 per head.

The “Walk the red carpet” Conference dinner (included in your conference fee) is on Tuesday night, 8 November, at Jupiters. This will be a fantastic event with a local band and a surprise act to keep you entertained.

This conference is a great opportunity to network with your peers from other states as well as keep with the latest trends and learn new skills.

OS&H Harmonisation Update (28/2011)

 

With the imminent implementation of the national harmonised occupational safety and health legislation which is scheduled to take effect from 1 January 2012, Workplace Solutions has partnered with the WA Local Government Insurance Services (LGIS) to help raise awareness with our clients of the changes imposed by the new legislation, its impact on organisations and measures that should be proactively implemented in order to ensure compliance.

It is important to note that the existing Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (WA) and Workplace Health and Safety Act 2009 (NT) will be replaced by the (Nationally harmonised) Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and subordinate regulations. There are as yet no transitional provisions for a gradual implementation of the harmonised WHS legislation which means that Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU’s) must consider and implement measures to achieve compliance prior to 1 January 2012 or potentially risk being in breach of the legislation.

Under the proposed Model Work Health & Safety Bill, under the new laws, an “officer of a public authority” is defined as, “A person who makes, or participates in making, decisions that affect the whole or a substantial part of the business or undertaking of the public authority.” (clause 252 WHS Bill). With this definition, “officers” includes obvious roles such as CEOs, DCEOs, CFO’s and Directors as well as being likely to encompass the less obvious roles such as works supervisors and team leaders to the extent in which they participate in the decision making process within the business unit.

Under the new legislation, if a PBCU has a duty or obligation under the WHS Act then an officer of the PCBU must exercise due diligence to ensure that the PCBU complies with that duty or obligation. Failure to demonstrate due diligence will in itself be an offence under the WHS Act. Due diligence, as defined in the model WHS Act includes taking reasonable steps to:

  1. Acquire and keep up to date knowledge of work health and safety matters
  2. Gain an understanding of the nature of the operations of the PCBU and generally of the hazards and risks associated with those operations
  3. To ensure that the PCBU has available for use, and uses, appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking
  4. To ensure that the PCBU has appropriate processes for receiving and considering information regarding incidents, hazards, and risks, and responding in a timely way to that information
  5. Ensure that the PCBU has, and implements, processes for complying with any duty or obligation imposed by the Act
  6. ) To verify the provision and use of the resources and processes referred to in the Act, Division 4, S27, (5 ‘c’ to ‘e’) (as indicated in the points above)

As officers are required to be able to demonstrate due diligence at all times, not just as a response to an incident, it would be prudent for LGA’s, as PCBU’s, to ensure that officers of the LGA are made fully and formally aware of the due diligence requirements by reviewing and including these in formal position descriptions for each officer role prior to the proposed WHS legislation implementation date of 01 January 2012.

An effective manner of ensuring that due diligence obligations and duties are met by the PCBU could include the assignation of measurable workplace health and safety leading Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to officers position descriptions.

Leading workplace health and safety KPI’s which could be implemented as a proactive method of verifying due diligence activities in an accountable manner include, but are not limited to:

  • Number of Management Safety Observations conducted by officers
  • Percentage of incidents reported within designated timeframes*
  • Percentage of incident investigations and required action items completed within designated timeframe
  • Percentage of safety inspections action items completed within a month compared to safety inspections action items raised
  • Ratio of Injury free (near miss) events reported to injuries incurred (IFE/IFO : injuries)
  • Workgroup participation in Monthly Positive Performance Indicator Focus Quizzes
  • Number of monthly housekeeping inspections conducted by workgroups
  • Number of OSH toolbox meetings conducted by workgroups/ attended by officers
  • Number of OSH committee meetings conducted / attended by officers

Is your organisation prepared for the transition to WHS legislated obligations and duties?

For more information about the implementation of health and safety KPI’s, incident reporting systems or impact of WHS legislation on your business please review the FAQ Section of the Worksafe WA website, NT Worksafe or the LGIS (members) Occupational Safety & Health webpage.

In WA, the following advisers can also be contacted.

Contact Details
LGIS Regional Risk Co-ordinators
Name Region Phone Email
Mark Southgate Peel-Central Wheatbelt 0419 443 088 mark.southgate@jlta.com.au
John Appleyard Great Southern 0429 101 490 john.appleyard@jlta.com.au
Lindsay Smith Central Midland 0428 268 798 lindsay.smith@jlta.com.au
Neroli Logan South West 0427 475 078 neroli.logan@jlta.com.au
Brad Walkley Midwest 0419 420 649 bradley.walkley@jlta.com.au
Greg Cook Eastern Wheatbelt 0427 387 404 greg.cook@jlta.com.au
LGIS OSH Consultants
Name Phone Email
Kelvin Murphy (08) 9483 8875 kelvin.murphy@jlta.com.au
Kyle Waters (08) 9483 8833 kyle.waters@jlta.com.au
Chiara Acciano (08) 9483 8859 chiara.acciano@jlta.com.au
LGIS HR Risk Consultant
Name Phone Email
Candy Tong (08) 9483 8837 candy.tong@jlta.com.au

UK & Ireland Council Workers Willing and Ready to Move (25/2011)

 

Overseas Recruitment update

Members of the Workplace Solutions Team have just returned from the United Kingdom and Ireland where they attended recruitment events in London, Leeds and Dublin. These events were supported by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Department of Training and Workforce Development. At these events Workplace Solutions promoted the Local Government sector to candidates with experience in skill shortage areas such as; Town Planning, Engineering, Environmental Health, Building Surveying as well as a host of other areas.

The Workplace Solutions Recruitment team are currently processing high volumes of applications as a result of these events, and many of the candidates are ready to move to Australia. We have been impressed with the quality of the applications received and their high levels of motivation to work in Australia in both metro and rural areas.

Currently on the Database:

Staff Numbers
Position Quantity
Building Surveyors 23
Environmental Health Officers 45
Accountants 19
Urban and Regional Town Planners 80
Engineers (total) 98
Engineers - Works 13
Engineers - Design 16
Engineers - Construction 7
Engineers - Structural 13
Engineers - Roads 15
GIS 4
Human Resources 5

Local governments are reminded to contact the team at Workplace Solutions should they be interested in recruiting overseas applicants.

For further information, please contact Recruitment Advisor, Carla Loney on 9213 2023 or email cloney@walga.asn.au

HR's World of Tomorrow (23/2011)

 

Local Government Workplace Solutions would like to remind clients of the upcoming National Local Government Human Resources Conference in November. There have been changes made to the mix of local government, corporate and academic speakers, as outlined in the attached brochure.

National Local Government Human Resources Conference: 7-9 November 2011

The 2011 conference, which is a joint initiative of all the state and territory Local Government Associations, will be held on the Gold Coast and is coordinated by NSW Local Government Learning Solutions.

The conference starts at noon on Monday 7 November, and concludes at 12.30 on Wednesday 9 November.

Invited keynote speakers and topics include:

  • How to make local government more attractive – Carolyn Miller, advertising, brand and business leader and a regular on ABC’s ‘The Gruen Transfer’
  • Looking ahead – HR issues of the future – Nigel Ward, CEO Workplace Relations, ABL Lawyers
  • Work, Health and Safety Laws – Professor Ron McCallum, 2011 Senior Australian of the Year and a national recognised expert on safety issues in the workplace
  • The Future of Learning and Development – Les Pickett, CEO Pacific Rim Consulting Group and former President of the Australian Institute Training and Development
  • The use and abuse of social media from a HR and training perspective – Peter Williams, Deloitte Digital
  • Leadership in Local Government – Professor Graham Sansom, Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government
  • Skills shortages and what to do about them? – Gabrielle Dorward, LGA Queensland
  • Build your personal brand – Penny Burke, the advertising guru behind “Not happy, Jan!”

There will also be a panel session of a HR Managers and Crisis Counsellor from Queensland who will explore their roles in the recent Cyclone Yasi, the floods and summer fires.

Participants will have a choice of four out of twelve MasterClass workshops on Day Two of the conference.  These will include topics on where is recruitment heading, a workplace health and safety harmonisation update (previously OH & S), counselling skills for HR Managers, and council case studies on organisational culture inventories and managing chronic illness in the workplace.

This conference is a great opportunity to network with your peers from other states as well as keep up with the latest trends and learn new skills.

This is the premier human resource professional development activity for local government. It is aimed at HR staff, training and OH & S officers, General Managers, Directors and consultants to the industry. The conference theme is “HR’s World of Tomorrow”.

Any leader who is interested in staffing issues, and needs to be updated about the latest in employment trends, is encouraged to attend.

Human Resources Seminar Registrations Closing Soon (22/2011)

 

Local Government Workplace Solutions would like to remind clients it will be holding its annual Human Resource Seminar of which all Local Government employees involved in HR are encouraged to attend. The special guest speaker in 2011 will be the eminent Professor Andrew Stewart from the University of Adelaide.

This specially designed seminar will be an opportunity to network and learn from the professional team within Local Government Workplace Solutions and expert guest speakers. The all day seminar will be held on Thursday 4thAugust which includes an exciting rundown of:

  • “Lost” Jurisdiction dilemma for Local Government in WA: an update on the current ‘state of play’ in the changes facing Local Governments across the state. This will be presented by special guest speaker Professor Andrew Stewart from the University of Adelaide.
  • The advent of a harmonized national OH&S system into a WA context and the impact on Local Governments.
  • Local Government reform discussed by the CEO of the Shire of Mundaring, Jonathon Throssell from the HR & Change Management Working Group.
  • A Workshop presented by Workplace Solutions’ own Alasdair Malloch-Smith and Scott Roffey around the interaction between workers compensation, rehabilitation and performance management.
  • And finally a discussion on Emergency Management focussed on the bush fires in Armadale and including Emergency Management Coordinator, John Lane.

If you have yet to register you need to do so by Friday 15 July 2011 through the following link https://www.secureregistrations.com/lgc11/.

HR Development Opportunities (18/2011)

 

Local Government Workplace Solutions would like to remind clients of the upcoming Human Resource Seminar in August and National Local Government Human Resources Conference in November.

National Local Government Human Resources Conference: 7-9 November 2011

National Local Government Human Resources Conference information
Dates 7-9 November
Location Jupiters Conference Centre, Gold Coast
Registrations https://lgsa.wufoo.com/forms/registration-national-hr-conference/
Contact Learning Solutions, Darryl Rubiolo on 02 9242 4182 or learning@lgsa.org.au
Price $990 early bird fee until 10 October

To book accommodation at Jupiters: 1800 074 344 (or 07 5592 8130) and quote that you are attending National LG HR Conference. If you book via the Jupiters web site http://www.jupitersgoldcoast.com.au

The 2011 conference, which is a joint initiative of all the state and territory Local Government Associations, will be held on the Gold Coast and is coordinated by NSW Local Government Learning Solutions.

The conference starts at noon on Monday 7 November, and concludes at 12.30 on Wednesday 9 November.

Invited keynote speakers and topics include:

  • How to make local government more attractive – Carolyn Miller – advertising, brand and business leader
  • Looking ahead – HR issues of the future – Hon Michael Kirby
  • Work, Health and Safety Laws – Professor Ron McCallum, 2011 Senior Australian of the Year
  • The future of Leadership in Local Government – Professor Graham Sansom, ACELG
  • The Future of Learning and Development – Les Pickett, Partner McBassi and Co and former President of the Australian Institute Training and Development
  • The use and abuse of social media from a HR and training perspective – Pete Williams, Deloitte Digita
  • Pulling it all together - Todd Sampson from ABC TV’s The Gruen Transfer, and CEO Leo Burnett Advertising

There will also be a panel session of a HR Managers and Crisis Counsellor from Queensland who will explore their roles in the recent Cyclone Yasi, the floods and summer fires.

Participants will have a choice of four out of twelve MasterClass workshops on Day Two of the conference. These will include topics on where is recruitment heading, a workplace health and safety harmonisation update (previously OH & S), counselling skills for HR Managers, and council case studies on organisational culture inventories and managing chronic illness in the workplace.

This conference is a great opportunity to network with your peers from other states as well as keep up with the latest trends and learn new skills.

This is the premier human resource professional development activity for local government. It is aimed at HR staff, training and OH & S officers, General Managers, Directors and consultants to the industry. The conference theme is “HR’s World of Tomorrow”.

Any leader who is interested in staffing issues, and needs to be updated about the latest in employment trends, is encouraged to attend.

Human Resources Seminar: 4 August 2011

Local Government Workplace Solutions will once again be holding its annual Human Resource Seminar as part of Local Government Week. All Local Government employees involved in HR are encouraged to attend. The special guest speaker in 2011 will be the eminent Professor Andrew Stewart from the University of Adelaide.

This full day seminar will update HR Officers on the current ‘state of play’ in the several changes facing Local Governments across the State. These will include where we might be heading with the “Lost” Jurisdictional dilemma for Local Government in WA.

We will also examine the advent of a harmonized National OH&S system. This has not been without its challenges, whether political, industrial or logistical so this session will put the System into a WA context, and analyse how it might impact on Local Governments.

The HR & Change Management Working Group will be represented in a session designed to allow attendees to review the work undertaken and in providing a ‘hands on’ guide to implementing structural reform which affects Local Government employees.

This will be followed by a Workshop around the interaction between workers compensation, rehabilitation and performance management. The complexities of trying to manage or even exit poor performing employees is never more obvious than when that person also has an active workers’ compensation claim. This session will enlighten attendees on the legal pitfalls to be aware of, and the importance of “process, process’ process”!

Effectively using HR resources during Emergencies: Australia has been the unfortunate focus of what seems to be an interminable series of both natural and man made disasters of late, and with Councils generally at the forefront of these emergencies, we will scrutinize lessons learned and consider how best to mobilise Council employees to service, support and sustain affected communities.

HR Forum - Bullying in your Workplace (15/2011)

 

Workplace Solutions is holding another interesting and exciting HR Forum on Friday 10 June 2011. The last time Workplace Solutions held a HR Forum, it was attended by approximately 20 Local Government representatives. The feedback we received was that the presentations were interesting, informative and relevant and that it was a valuable opportunity to network and discuss issues.

The venue for the upcoming forum is the City of Rockingham. The offices of the City of Rockingham are located at Civic Boulevard Rockingham. The starting time for the forum is 9:00 am and we envisage that it will run for approximately 2 and a half hours.

We have the following speakers and presentations organised for the HR Forum.

Using the Integral Organisation Survey as a stimulus for organisational transformation: Michael Fox, Senior Consultant, Integral Development.

Bullying Interventions: Ben Searcy, Manager Human Resource Development, City of Rockingham.

EEO? What is it and who needs it?: Candy Tong, HR Risk Consultant, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Australia.

The importance of a good workplace investigation: Scott Roffey, Workplace Solutions.

HR Superstar Quiz: This fun and interactive quiz will involve all the attendees at the Forum!!

Social Media in the workplace: Alasdair Malloch, Workplace Solutions.

Please advise by return email by close of business by Friday May 27 whether you, or anyone else from your Local Government, are able to attend. The City of Rockingham has also graciously offered to cater morning tea for the Forum. So if you are attending please advise of any specific dietary requirements of attendees from your Local Government.

Workplace Solutions Human Resources Seminar 2011 (14/2011)

 

Running parallel to the 2011 Local Government Convention being held from 4-6 August, WALGA will be presenting several seminars designed for Local Government employees that are involved in policy development, Human Resources, Emergency and Risk Management, Technology, Health or Governance.

Local Government Workplace Solutions will once again be holding its annual Human Resource Seminar of which all Local Government employees involved in HR are encouraged to attend.  The special guest speaker in 2011 will be the eminent Professor Andrew Stewart from the University of Adelaide. 

This specially designed seminar will be an opportunity to network and learn from the professional team within Local Government Workplace Solutions and expert guest speakers.  The all day seminar will be held on Thursday 4thAugust which includes an exciting rundown of:

  • “Lost” Jurisdiction dilemma for Local Government in WA: an update on the current ‘state of play’ in the changes facing Local Governments across the state.  This will be presented by special guest speaker Professor Andrew Stewart from the University of Adelaide.
  • The advent of a harmonized national OH&S system into a WA context and the impact on Local Governments.
  • Local Government reform discussed by the CEO of the Shire of Mundaring, Jonathon Throssell from the HR & Change Management Working Group.
  • Workshop presented by Workplace Solutions’ own Alasdair Malloch-Smith and Scott Roffey around the interaction between workers compensation, rehabilitation and performance management.
  • And finally a discussion on Emergency Management focussed on the bush fires in Armadale and including Emergency Management Coordinator, John Lane.

The Local Government Industry Speaks as a United Voice (13/2011)

 

The WALGA State Council last night (Wednesday 6th April) unanimously resolved to support the retention of WA Local Governments within the Federal industrial relations system.

Local Government as an industry now has a formalised position that the Local Government Industry Award 2010 should be applied to WA Local Government employers and that Federal enterprise agreements are the preferred employment instrument.

Support was also provided for continued representation to the State Government, in alliance with CCI (WA), for clarity on this issue including advocating for a referral of ‘industrial’ powers to the Federal Government. 

WALGA will now seek a meeting with the new Minister of Commerce, Simon O’Brien to advocate on this issue.

If your Senior Management team or Councillors would like a briefing on this issue, please contact Simon White, Employee Relations Service Manager, on 08 9213 2015 to make the appropriate arrangements.

A copy of the full resolution is as follows:

That State Council:

  1. Notes the work undertaken by the Association’s Workplace Solutions employee relations advisers in relation to the continued coverage of Western Australian Local Government employers within the Federal industrial relations system including the registration of the Local Government Industry Award 2010;
  2. Further notes that WA Local Government employees have historically been predominately employed under two federally registered industrial Awards (the Local Government Officers’ Award 1999 and the Municipal Employees Award 1999) and supports the view that member Local Governments continue to be considered ‘National System Employers’ (NSE) for the purposes of the Fair Work Act 2009;
  3. Endorses representation to the State Government of the sector’s need for clarity regarding the jurisdiction which applies to member Local Governments, including advocating for referral of WA’s State industrial relations powers to the Federal Government;
  4. Supports the continued support to member Local Governments on this issue through the provision of industrial and employment related advice by WALGA’s Workplace Solutions unit; and
  5. Endorses continuing close cooperation with CCI (WA) on matters pertaining to determination of Award jurisdiction for WA Local Governments.

Need an Enterprise Agreement Negotiator? (7/2011)

 

Local Government Workplace Solutions is now offering an additional new service where clients can access the expertise of a skilled negotiator to represent them in enterprise agreement negotiations.

We understand that the negotiation of enterprise agreements is often a challenging task that only occurs every few years. Clients often report that they do not always have the opportunity to develop the same level of expertise as the unions’ bargaining agents across the table. Local Government Workplace Solutions envisages that clients have the potential to achieve better agreements with the services of a skilled negotiator.

With over 130 clients, Local Government Workplace Solutions does not currently have the staff resources to attend agreement negotiations personally, so we have contracted an external negotiator for this service.

This is an additional service available outside the annual subscription but would take advantage of the template documents, research and expertise of Local Government Workplace Solutions. The negotiator, whilst having Local Government experience, will be provided with an appropriate ‘Workplace Solutions’ induction as well as ongoing support in relation to the industry and client history. We will monitor the progress of all contracted negotiations.

Local Government Workplace Solutions have entered into a contract with Rebecca Ridgway to offer this service. Rebecca is an experienced human resources and industrial relations professional with a strong background in agreement negotiations and performance management. Rebecca has successfully negotiated and implemented several enterprise agreements, designed and implemented a new performance appraisal process and managed all aspects of the human resources function. She has several years’ experience in Local Government and has an excellent understanding of the nuances and processes involved within Local Government.

If your organisation is planning on negotiating an enterprise agreement and are interested in such a service, please let us know.

Online Training - Introduction to Local Government (4/2011)

 

Local Government Workplace Solutions have developed an online version of the popular Getting Started training course.

This module is free of charge and takes about two hours to complete. It is a good induction tool for new Elected Members as well as an effective refresher for current serving Councillors. It can also be used by CEOs as part of induction processes for their staff.

The course includes topics such as Local Government and where the sector fits into the political system, the responsibilities and boundaries of an Elected Member, an internal look at the structure of Local Government, including both governance and operational differences, an overview of the Department of Local Government and support networks for Elected Members generally.

Clients who wish to use the course should access it as follows:

View Training Page

Select: ‘Have an unused PLAC (coupon)? Click here. Provide your email address and enter the code: d7svb87qnv1y

You will be issued a username (which will be the email that you entered in initially) and a password that you will need to retain so that you can revisit the course if you wish.

The module’s details will appear as well as contact details for the WALGA Training Manager, Bernadette Howes, in case you experience any problems.