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 and WorkCover
- recruitment strategies.
We are applying for a self-insurance licence on behalf of 31 nominated members of MAV WorkCare.
The application for a self-insurance licence was lodged in May 2016, however it is not expected that a decision on the application will be known until early 2017. If the application is successful it is expected that the scheme will commence on 1 July 2017.
Once implemented, it is expected that the scheme will produce significant benefits to both employees and staff through the adoption of relevant health and safety strategies and actions plans, effective management of claims and the adoption of return to work initiatives and programs.
Victorian councils will join other councils from around Australia who have already experienced the improved performance and cost savings that come from the self-insurance program.
The service provider to the Victorian scheme provides similar services to the Local Government Self Insurance Schemes in other states, which will ensure they provide benefits to employees and cost savings to councils.
We are involved with groups that collaborate with state and federal government and other stakeholders to address 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.
Early childhood development workforce
The Victorian and Australian Governments are working on early childhood development workforce strategies as part of the national quality reforms.
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee was created by the Federal Department of Education and Training. As part of its mandate, it has created six broad industry groupings. Each group will operate under a Skills Service Organisation (SSO), which will have responsibility for supporting industry in the development of training packages.
SkillsIQ is the SSO responsible for servicing the Industry Reference Committee that covers local government and has membership from all local government associations and relevant industry unions.
As the full local government training package extends beyond SkillsIQ with partial coverage by other SSOs, the IRC will – as far as is practicable – maintain a close watching brief with those SSOs that deal with specific functions of local government.
We publish a monthly bulletin on workforce issues of interest to local government.
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