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We advocate on behalf of local government regarding workforce issues.

Issues impacting the workforce include:

  • the ageing population
  • skills shortages
  • local government training package
  • employment branding
  • shared services
  • employee relations
  • occupational health and safety
  • recruitment strategies.

We are involved with three groups that collaborate with state and federal government and other stakeholders to address workplace issues.

Government Skills Australia

Government Skills Australia (GSA) is the national industry skills council for the government and community safety sectors.

The GSA’s Local Government Industry Advisory Committee works directly with local government, unions and professional bodies to address relevant workplace issues.

Local Government Workforce Development Group

The Local Government Workforce Development Group discusses state and national workforce issues, including industrial relations.

Each state and territory local government association is represented in the group.

National Local Government Workforce Development Reference Group

We represent the local government sector on the National Local Government Workforce Development Reference Group, along with representatives from Queensland and New South Wales.

The reference group is part of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government. The centre is developing a national local government workforce strategy and a national local government human resource data set.

Maternal & child health workforce

A maternal and child health workforce analysis conducted in 2004 resulted in Victorian Government funding for a marketing and recruitment project to encourage more nurses to become maternal and child health nurses in Victoria.

Early childhood development workforce

The Victorian and Australian Governments are working on early childhood development workforce strategies as part of the national quality reforms.