Local governments could be 60,000 workers short

By Paul Hemsley Councils across Australia are facing an unprecedented shortfall in replacements for retiring baby boomers with the local government sector cautioning it could soon be up to 60,000 staff short unless new talent is recruited to backfill anticipated departures. Around one third of the nation’s 200,000 local government employees are now estimated to […]

Indigenous councils weigh up financial choices

By Paul Hemsley Local Government Managers Australia Queensland Inc (LGMA) will oversee the $30000 project assisting 12 Indigenous Councils identify and source a common software system. Minister for Local Government, Paul Lucas said LGMA will oversee the tendering project and employ an independent consultant to review four suitable systems. Assessing the need for a software […]

Councils must adapt to changing social landscape

Former federal politician, Cheryl Kernot, at the Local Government Managers Australia National Congress.   By Angela Dorizas Local government must forge new partnerships with ‘social businesses’ to keep pace with a changing social landscape, says former federal politician Cheryl Kernot. In her address to the Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) National Congress in Adelaide, Ms […]

LGMA National Congress meets in Adelaide

Neil Hartley, outgoing president of Local Government Managers Australia.   By Angela Dorizas More than 400 local government managers and elected representatives gathered in Adelaide to explore the sector’s role in helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from future crises.  The Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) National Congress was officially opened by 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 […]

Women more successful in attaining top job

By Angela Dorizas Women are not applying for senior management positions in local government despite having a higher success rate than male applicants, a McArthur study has found. A review of 131 senior management recruitment campaigns found that only 17 per cent of applicants were women, but overall 23 per cent of women were successful […]

Federal funding a boon for local government women

By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government has committed $490,000 for a range of projects to improve the participation of women in local government. Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for the Status of Women, Tanya Plibersek announced the funding at the Local Government and Planning Ministers’ Council in Darwin late last week. The funding […]

UK councillors, ministers to be shadowed for youth initiative

By Rob O’Brien A major initiative to engage young people in public office has been launched recently in the UK with an eye on creating leaders for tomorrow. The Youth of Today, a major youth leadership programme for young people aged 13-19, was launched by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to inspire and develop leadership in communities. The initiative […]

Newcastle, Carpentaria capture essence of innovation

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addresses the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) in Canberra. By Rob O’Brien Interest raised by this years’ Local Government Awards shows a growing need in the sector for more shared innovation through a centre of excellence. In a sign that the Local Government Award Scheme has become a good way of […]

Salt to discuss demographic future of local government

By Staff Writer Australia’s leading commentator on demographic-based business trends, Bernard Salt will explore Australia’s demographic future and its affect on local government at the 2009 LGMA National Congress & Business Expo in Darwin . Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Chief Executive John Ravlic said Salt’s presence at the congress will help us define and […]

Financial meltdown producing a rich skills pool

Government HR managers and public sector recruiters should be proactively going after the thousands of Australians who’ve lost their jobs in the financial crisis with incentives to return home, a top recruitment consultant has said. With thousands of jobs lost in Europe and the US in recent months, a huge number of Australians have come […]


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