Councils brace for ‘retirement wave’

Experts warn that local government is among the sectors most ‘exposed’ to an ageing workforce, underscoring the importance of good workforce planning.

Workforce sits on demographic faultline

By Angela Dorizas Councils must recruit, retain and develop a greater number of Indigenous employees to alleviate future workforce demands, a former local government minister has said.   Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence of Local Government (ACELG) and former senator, Margaret Renynolds, last night released a green paper on Indigenous employment within the […]

Business as (un)usual

Local government must change the way it operates to cope with myriad future challenges. Angela Dorizas reports. Stable or lower government grants, increased service demands from an ageing population, infrastructure backlogs, the implementation of government climate change initiatives: these are just some of the future challenges councils can expect. In his address to the recent […]

Government needs to remove aged workforce barriers

By Rob O’Brien   The Federal Government needs to remove barriers to workforce participation for mature aged people to ease pressures created by an ageing population, according to accountancy firm Deloitte.   The government needs to make the necessary changes to increase GDP to more than 27 per cent by 2050, to counter the projected […]

Australia to face ageing population pressures

By Angela Dorizas Australia’s ageing population will increase government spending and slow economic growth over the next 40 years, according to the 2010 Intergenerational Report, Australia to 2050: Future Challenges. Treasurer Wayne Swan said the report demonstrated just how critical it will be for governments to plan for the future and invest in productivity. “Big challenges lie […]

Baby boomers defy seachange trend

By Angela Dorizas Baby Boomers planning to remain in the family home during retirement will put pressure on local government to deliver key services, a new report has found. In a study of baby boomers living in Melbourne’s City of Monash, KPMG demographer Bernard Salt found that almost 70 per cent of the baby boomer […]

Councils will ‘bear brunt’ of generational change

The ageing population will place a strain on local government. Image: iStock. By Rob O’Brien Local governments are facing a decade of strain on their services thanks to a two-pronged attack by huge population growth and an ageing nation, leading KPMG demographer Bernard Salt has warned. Addressing the Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) conference in […]


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