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Local Government News
28 September 2018
Issue 38

In this issue

New Award Provisions for Casuals Take Effect on Monday, 1 October
The introduction of a two hour casual minimum engagement period and casual conversion clause will take effect in the Local Government Industry Award 2010 (LGIA) from Monday, 1 October. These variations will have an immediate effect on Local Governments who are covered by the LGIA and / or incorporate the terms of the LGIA into their enterprise agreements.
To prepare for the changes, Local Governments need to consider:
  • reviewing the current casual arrangements in place, including length of service and length of rostered shifts across the organisation
  • determining which groups of employees are likely to be affected by the proposed minimum engagement periods, such as umpires, group fitness instructors, community service employees and cleaners
  • implementing a project plan and consultation process for affected work areas to prevent casual employees being rostered for less than two hours, which may include provision of additional duties to make up the minimum time period
  • undertaking a consultation process with long term regular casual employees to discuss converting to part-time employment if that is a strategy the Local Government would like to adopt. In accordance with the LGIA the Local Government will need to stipulate the hours and days of work for part-time employees in writing, and
  • undertaking financial modelling on how the two clauses to be added into the LGIA may affect your budget, operations and service delivery.
Important action required:
Local Governments who are covered by the LGIA and / or incorporate the terms of the LGIA into their enterprise agreements will also need to plan for and implement a process to ensure all existing casual employees, regular or not, are provided with a copy of the casual conversion provisions in the LGIA by Tuesday, 1 January 2019 and in the case of new casual employees, within the first 12 months of the employee’s first engagement to perform work. 

The finalised casual conversion provisions will be published on the FWC website on or around Monday, 1 October.
For more information, email WALGA Employee Relations or call 1300 366 956.
New Natural Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA-WA) - Webinar
The new natural disaster recovery funding arrangements (DRFA-WA) commence on Thursday, 1 November.  These replace WANDRRA for all natural disasters from that date and impact how Local Governments can make claims for disaster funding assistance following an eligible event.
The Commonwealth has released new Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) and the State Government is preparing a DRFA-WA guideline to support the implementation of the new arrangements.
There are significant changes that affect Local Governments. Some of the key changes include:
  • Cost estimates must be provided in most, but not all cases of essential public asset repair and reconstruction;
  • Detailed information is required to support the estimate, prior to the reconstruction of essential public assets;
  • Cost estimates must be signed off by an engineer or quantity surveyor
  • Local Governments will deal directly with DFES Disaster Recovery Funding Officers; and
  • Main Roads WA will no longer process Local Government claims directly, but will continue to review estimates and claims on behalf of the DFES Recovery Directorate to provide an engineering assurance check.
The new arrangements will impact your Local Government, if you are affected by an eligible disaster event.
A free DRFA-WA webinar will be held to provide an overview of the changes. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Date:      Wednesday, 24 October
Time:      9.30am to 10:00am

Click here to register.
For more information, email Executive Manager, Infrastructure Ian Duncan or call 9213 2031.
Information Session: Food Organic and Garden Organic (FOGO) for Local Government
WALGA is hosting an Information Session, with the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council, to share experiences of implementing and maintaining FOGO systems with other Local Government Officers and Elected Members. 
Date:         Monday, 8 October
Time:        5:00pm to 6:30pm (Registrations from 4:45pm)
Venue:      WALGA, ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
RSVP:       Please register your attendance online by 12:00pm
                  Friday, 5 October.

You can attend this workshop in person or online via video conferencing.
For more information, click here.
2019 Deskpad Calendar - Order Form
All Councils are reminded to send through the 2019 Desk Pad Calendar order form by Friday, 26 October.
The Western Australian Local Government Desk Pad Calendar is a valuable tool for any person who has an involvement with Local Government. It contains key Local Government dates and deadlines.
Each Desk Pad includes 25 sheets. Each sheet includes:
  • State Council meeting dates
  • Public holidays
  • School holidays
  • Local Government Convention and conference dates
As a benefit of your membership, WALGA will provide complimentary copies for each Elected Member, CEO and Executive Managers.
Additional copies are available for pre-purchase at a cost of $8.10 (including GST) plus $8.40 for postage and handling.
In order to determine the quantity of print run, we will need to receive the order form by Friday, 26 October.

To order, please complete the order form and email to PR Assistant, Brenda Law-Yat.

If the form is not returned, we will assume that you do not want to receive your complimentary copies.
For more information, email PR Assistant Brenda Law-Yat or call 9213 2085.
Personal Development and Professional Skills Training
The following courses are available for Local Government Officers:
Effective Supervision - Part 1
Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 and 3 October
Effective Letter & Report Writing in Local Government
Friday, 26 October
Effective Supervision - Part 2
Tuesday and Wednesday, 6 and 7 November
Dealing with Difficult Customers
Friday, 16 November
To register online, visit the WALGA Training website or for more information email the Training Team.
Consultation Sessions on Homelessness
The Department of Communities is holding consultation sessions on homelessness. Community members, including Elected Members, are invited to the sessions.
The sessions seek thoughts and ideas from the community about how to address homelessness. Feedback collected from the consultation sessions will play an important role in shaping the strategy.

Registration is essential. Click here to register or for details of the information sessions.

The Department also encourages people with first-hand experience of homelessness to participate. If someone you know would like to share a personal story, complete the consent form and email it to the Homelessness Strategy Team
For more information, download the flyer.
DWER Fees and Charges Discussion Paper – Open for Consultation
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is seeking comments on its discussion paper on a cost recovery approach for the assessment of applications made under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act (1986), and for licences for the approval to both take water (5C licence) and construct or alter a bore (26D licence) under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act (1914).
The discussion paper canvasses substantial increases in application fees for permits to clear native vegetation under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act (1986), and in application fees for licences under the Rights in Water and Irrigation Act (1914) that will have financial and program implications for Local Governments.
The discussion paper and additional information, can be found here.
DWER is seeking feedback on the discussion paper by Thursday, 1 November. 

Local Governments are encouraged to read the discussion paper, consider the implications of the fee increases for their operations and make a submission as required. 

To assist in the formulation of the WALGA submission, Local Governments are asked to provide a copy of their submission or comments to Executive Manager, Environment and Waste Mark Batty by Thursday, 18 October.

DWER is holding stakeholder information and workshop sessions in Geraldton on Wednesday, 10 October and Broome on Tuesday, 16 October.

A dedicated session for the Wheatbelt and surrounding Local Governments in Northam will be held from 9:45am to 12:30pm on Monday, 29 October.

Click here to register for the Northam event.

View the InfoPage for more details.
For more information, email Executive Manager, Environment and Waste Mark Batty or call 9213 2078.
Draft National Biosecurity Statement
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) is seeking input into the content of a National Biosecurity Statement.
The National Biosecurity Statement is intended to present a common and unified approach to biosecurity by:
  • providing a national vision and goals for biosecurity
  • providing clarity on the roles and responsibilities of all participants, and
  • outlining priorities and principles for managing biosecurity risk.
Submissions on the statement close on Wednesday, 31 October and can be made directly to DAWR here.
Local Governments wishing to contribute to WALGA’s submission are asked to provide a copy of their submission or comments to Environment Policy Manager Nicole Matthews by COB Wednesday, 10 October.
For more information, view the InfoPage.
Remembrance Day Initiatives
On Sunday, 11 November, Remembrance Day, Australians will commemorate the centenary of the Armistice and the end of the First World War.
The State Government has developed initiatives to be promoted across WA in the lead up to Remembrance Day, to pay respects to the many service men and women who sacrificed so much for the country.

The initiatives will be supported by a Centenary of Armistice logo and branding, which was created by the Department of Communities and has been adopted for use across the country.
The Western Australian Centenary of Armistice branding and logo, as well as communication tools and information about the initiatives taking place in the lead up to Armistice, can be found on the Department’s website.
For more information, call Department of Communities Events and Sponsorship Manager Natalie La Touche on 9222 2833.
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