As part of WALGA’s support to the sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association is holding webinars to inform members of legislative or operational changes as they arise; and to share activity being undertaken across the sector.

Webinar: COVID-19 Considerations for Events

Local Government has several roles in events, including hosting key events for the community and a regulatory role regarding COVID-19 events plans. On Monday 28 March, WALGA held a webinar focusing on the considerations for events in the current COVID-19 context. The webinar included a presentation and Q&A session with Jaala Downes, Senior Scientific Officer, Department of Health and Superintendent Stuart Hartzenberg and Detective Inspector Greg Cunningham, attached to Compliance & Assurance Division, Operation TIDE. View the webinar here.

COVID-19 Insights from Other States

WALGA Employee Relations hosted a joint webinar with the Local Government Associations of New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland on Thursday, 17 March 2022. This webinar explores some of the approaches and practices adopted by Local Governments in other Australian jurisdictions to manage COVID-19 in the workplace.
A recording of the webinar is below, and the presentation is available to download here.



Waste Management and COVID-19

WALGA held a webinar on Friday, 11 March 2022 which included presentations from key waste management players on their contingency plans, as well as the WA Government Critical Worker policy and various considerations regarding Licences for waste management facilities.
A recording of the webinar is provided below, with links to individual presentations slides as follows:


Managing COVID-19 and Access to Local Government Premises

WALGA held a webinar on Friday, 25 February 2022 which included presentations from representatives at Moray & Agnew. A recording of the webinar is below.



COVID-19 Preparedness in the Regions

WALGA held a webinar on Thursday, 3 February 2022 which included presentations from the WA County Health Services and other representatives from the Department of Health. A recording of the webinar is below, and the presentation is available to view here.


Preparing for Omicron 

WALGA held a webinar on Friday, 21 January 2022 which included presentations from the Department of Health and LGIS. A recording of the webinar is below, and the LGIS presentation is available to view here.

HR Responses to COVID-19 Breakfast Seminar

WALGA hosted a breakfast seminar on Friday, 29 October 2021 on the HR challenges Local Governments are facing in response to COVID-19. The seminar included discussion on the impending vaccination requirements and impacts for the sector including responsibilities and operational considerations for Local Governments as employers.
A copy of the slides can be downloaded here.

Local Government Showcase - Communications

Thursday, 4 June
The Cities of Gosnells and Canning and the Shire of Dundas presented on how their Local Governments have shared essential health and operational information with local communities and maintained local connections over periods of physical distancing.


Local Government Showcase - Economic Stimulus

Thursday, 21 May
WALGA’s Policy Manager, Economics provided an economic update to assist members in their Strategic and Operational Planning for 2020-21 in the context of recovering from COVID-19.  The City of Karratha and Shire of East Pilbara shared information on the economic support and stimulus their Local Governments are providing to assist their rate payers, small business and community groups.


Local Government Showcase - Staff Redeployment

Thursday, 14 May
The Cities of Armadale, Bayswater and Wanneroo and the Shire of Harvey shared their stories about how they have redeployed staff to other areas of their organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Emergency Management Local Government Showcase 2

Thursday, 30 April 
The City of Vincent, Shire of Augusta Margaret River and City of Albany presented on their approach and initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic, including community messaging, youth engagement, and how they have kept the community linked to services and local businesses. 


Emergency Management Local Government Showcase

Wednesday, 22 April
The webinar includes a presentation from the Shires of Bruce Rock on how their Local Government and community overcame the challenge of losing their general store to fire at the beginning of the pandemic. The City of Joondalup and Shire of Denmark present on the changes their Local Governments have made to continue to serve their community throughout this crisis.


COVID-19 Update for Environmental Health and Emergency Management Officers

Friday, 27 March
This webinar features an update from WALGA, presentations on emergency management structures from the City of Canning and Shire of Capel, and information on the City of Perth’s Relief and Rebound Program.