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7 august 2020
WALGA
Issue 31

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Media Release

 
Save the Date: Local Government Forum on Information Systems
Local Government Officers (especially senior staff and ICT managers) are invited to the Local Government Forum on Information Systems to be held on Thursday, 24 September.
This forum is based on the WA Auditor General report into Information Systems within Local Government, released in June. The report saw 10 Local Governments participating in the audit, along with the findings that significant improvement is needed in this area, as the participants did not meet minimum benchmarks across all control categories.
 
Speakers from the Office of the Auditor General, Local Governments, WALGA and WAGO IT will clarify pre-audit expectations, audit interpretations and post-audit required actions as seen from the perspectives of the Office of Auditor General and Local Governments.
 
More details, including the event start time, and program, will be communicated closer to the event date.
For more information or to submit suggestions for the forum program, email IT Development Manager, Peter Johnson.
 
Dell Financial Services - Offer for WALGA Members 
Following Dell Financial Services' appointment to the new ICT Services Panel, the supplier has also been appointed to the Financial Services Preferred Supplier Panel (C023_17) to provision the supply of ICT under operating and finance lease arrangements.
Dell currently has a promotional offer available to WALGA Members which provides for up to 180-day payment deferral, 0% interest and 90% of capital cost lease options. 
For more information, email Dell Financial Services Account Executive, Tegan Davies or Dell Technologies Account Executive, Lee Johnson.
 
Animal Welfare in Emergencies Grant Program
WALGA has partnered with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to deliver a small grants program to build resilience to the impact of emergencies on animal welfare in WA Local Government areas.
The Animal Welfare in Emergencies Grants for Local Governments applications close at 5:00pm on Monday, 31 August.

The grant program seeks to improve the animal’s chances of survival and recovery, with the additional benefit of increasing the safety and resilience of communities, through preparedness activities.
 
A total of $500,000 is available for Local Governments across Western Australia. Successful applicants’ projects can receive up to $10,000, or $5000 per Local Government for a collaborative grant.
 
WALGA will host a webinar on Thursday, 13 August from 10:00am to 11:00am to provide information and answer questions from interested Local Governments. Click here to register.
For more information or to apply, visit the website.
 
$300 million Investment in Sport and Community Infrastructure
WALGA welcomes the $300 million investment by the State Government in sport and community infrastructure, announced on Thursday, 6 August, which will see 11 Local Governments receive a significant portion of the funding.
Along with driving WA’s economic and social recovery from the pandemic, the funding will kickstart projects to reconnect communities and increase participation for local sports.

WALGA will continue to advocate on behalf of the sector through its State Budget Submission that recommends the State Government:
  • increase the Community Sport and Recreations Facilities Fund program by $25 million per annum, and
  • develop a long-term regional sports facilities investment strategy
to plan for the future sustainability of community and sporting infrastructure needs and ensure the economic and social benefits associated with sports participation are maximised.   
For more information, click here to view the media release.
 
Guidelines for Equivalent Access to Public Transport Under the Disability Standards
The Australian Human Rights Commission has published new guidelines to facilitate compliance with disability standards for accessible public transport.
Local Governments delivering public transport infrastructure should be aware of their statutory obligations to provide universal access, as laid out in the Guidelines.

The Guidelines provide information on the operation of the equivalent access provisions of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Cth), their interaction with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), and practical guidance regarding considerations when developing or implementing equivalent access measures.

There is a requirement under this legislation to provide people with disabilities with equal access to the physical environment, including transportation.

The Guidelines were developed by the AHRC in partnership with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. They can be accessed on the AHRC’s website here.
For more information, email Australian Human Rights Commission Acting Director – Disability Rights, Afton Fife, or call (02) 9284 9600.
 
Officer Training
The following WALGA training courses are being delivered at WALGA’s West Leederville office:
Local Government Act 1995 - The Essentials
Tuesday, 11 August
 
Dealing with Difficult Customers
Thursday, 13 August
 
Policy Development and Procedure Writing
Monday & Tuesday, 17 & 18 August
 
Certificate IV in Procurement and Contracting
Monday - Friday, 24 - 28 August
For more information or to register online, visit WALGA Training or email training@walga.asn.au to secure a place.
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