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Workforce Planning - Useful links and resources

Workforce planning

  • 2010 Local Government Staff Census - Report on Findings (Division of Local Government, 2011) - a report on the results of the inaugural Census of Local Government staff which includes a local government staff profile and examples of good practice by councils to increase staff diversity.
  • Workforce Planning: A Guide (Department of Premier and Cabinet, 2003) – a comprehensive guide to the planning and preparation of a workforce strategy, including a workforce plan template
  • Workforce profile and planning resources (Department of Premier and Cabinet) – a list of useful publications for preparing workforce plans (the last topic at the bottom of the Publication Categories List)
  • NSW Public Sector Workforce Strategy 2008-2012 (Department of Premier and Cabinet) – a straightforward document which includes useful strategic questions, directions and ways of measuring success that can easily be applied to a local government context
  • Good Practice Toolkit (Local Government Managers Australia NSW, 2007) – this resource is only available to subscribers and includes a module on workforce planning. Interested councils should contact the LGMA NSW to obtain access
  • Workforce planning - training module overview (Learning Solutions) - this training is available for purchase from the training arm of the Local Government Shires Association
  • 2008 Workforce Planning Handbook (Standards Australia) – this is available for purchase from SAI Global
  • Excellence in Local Government (EiLG) - this business excellence program is available for purchase from SAI Global
  • PBP Checklist – Workforce Relations (Division of Local Government, 2009) – a self-assessment workforce relations checklist (spreadsheet tab at the far right).
  • Critical Skills Investment Fund - $200 million Australian Government co-funding for industry partnerships to undertake projects that provide training and employment opportunities in critical industry sectors, including local government, to increase the supply of skilled labour through training and upskilling.
  • NSW Public Sector ITAB - a not-for-profit industry association supported by the NSW Department of Education and Communities which is the recognised advisory body on vocational education and training for the public sector, including local government in NSW. Its goal is to develop skills and build capability in the government workforce.

 

Equity and diversity

Division of Local Government - includes information and resources to assist councils attract and retain diverse staff including the Promoting Diversity webpage and the 2010 Local Government Staff Census - Report on Findings (Division of Local Government, 2011) - a report on the results of the inaugural Census of Local Government staff which includes local government staff profile and examples of good practice by councils to increase staff diversity.

Department of Employment , Education and Workplace Relations - a central location for information about Australian Government education and workplace related websites. Also includes funding programs and information for employing people with disability and mature age workers, as well as resources for developing and managing a workforce strategy and introducing family-friendly work arrangements.

Flexible Working - (Department of Premier and Cabinet, 2011) - a website with information about flexible work practices in the public sector, including flexible working options, finding solutions to manage work/life role challenges, examples and case studies, the benefits of flexible working, how to set up flexible work practices, how to make it work and tools and templates.

 

Aboriginal people

 

Women

 

Cultural diversity

 

Mature age workers

  • Mature Workforce Policy and Guidelines (NSW Premier’s Department, 1998) – information about preparing a Mature Workforce Program to recruit and retain the valuable knowledge and expertise held by mature aged workers
  • SageCentre (Department of Human Services - Ageing, Disability and Home Care, 2010) - information and resources for line managers, HR officers and workforce planners as well as mature age workers to support public sector leaders to address the risks, challenges and opportunities that the ageing of the workforce brings. The site also contains practical information, latest research, tools and templates to assist in developing effective strategies and solutions to address ageing workforce issues.

 

Young people

 

People with a disability

  • How to make work-related adjustments
  • JobAccess – Australian Government website with information and funding assistance for employing people with a disability
  • EmployABILITY (Department of Premier and Cabinet, 2011) - a website with a strategy to increase the employment of people with a disability in the NSW public sector by 2013. The site includes strategies for valuing and retaining employees with a disability, improving their recruitment experience and measuring/reporting improvements in this area.

 

Workplace governance

 

Skills shortages

  • Collaboration and Partnerships between Councils - A Guidance Paper (Division of Local Government, 2007) – provides information about entering into strategic partnerships with other councils which can be useful in relation to skills sharing and peer support
  • Overcoming Skills Shortages A Practical Guide for Regional Communities – (Department of State and Regional Development, 2007) a step-by-step guide on how to gather information on the nature of skills shortages in the local area and developing the right responses, including examples of practical action, case studies, contact details and useful internet resources
  • LGSA Plus - helpful tips for councils on marketing local government careers
  • Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) - workforce development resources and strategies including addressing skills shortages, increasing the employment of women in local government and regional skills projects
  • Planning Institute Australia – includes information about local government careers in planning
  • Government Skills Australia – industry skills council which provides training resources specific to government administration, services and operations
  • Critical Skills Investment Fund - $200 million Australian Government co-funding for industry partnerships to undertake projects that provide training and employment opportunities in critical industry sectors, including local government, to increase the supply of skilled labour through training and upskilling.
  • NSW Public Sector ITAB - a not-for-profit industry association supported by the NSW Department of Education and Communities which is the recognised advisory body on vocational education and training for the public sector, including local government in NSW. Its goal is to develop skills and build capability in the government workforce.
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