October 2021  


Registrations are open.

Hear from

  • Brendon Jessup | Day One Digital - Security Best Practices in Microsoft 365
  • Jim Lange | Hewlett-Packard Enterprise - The Cloud come to You
  • Jarred Ranson | City of Launceston - Innovation through Iteration
  • Craig Garth | City of Hobart - Drones in Local Government
  • Jeff Griffith | Devonport City Council - Digital Security: Plan, Protect, Detect, Respond

See the agenda here

Jarred Ranson, City of Launceston will speak on Innovation through Iteration in lieu of Matt Gray. 

The SIG is open to members and non-members. Please pass this on to anyone in your council that may benefit from attending.

Date + Time + Venue
Thursday 11 November, 9:45 am - 3:15 pm at the Recreation Ground Complex, Campbell Town

Member: $33 inc GST
Non-Member: $66 inc GST

Proudly sponsored by
AvePoint | Day One Digital | Harbour Software | Hewlett-Packard Enterprises | Red Piranha


Registrations are open.

Hear from:

  • Kylie Fisk, Integrity Commission – Integrity in Public Service
  • Richard Connock, Ombudsman Tasmania - Public Interest Disclosures
  • Dave Shelley, Page Seager Lawyers - building compliance in the conveyancing process
  • Robyn Daly, JLT Public Sector - National Local Government Vulnerability Program
  • Jen O’Dea, Clarence City Council – A review of the Dog Management Policy

The SIG is open to members and non-members. Please pass this on to anyone in your council that may benefit from attending.

Date + Time + Venue
Tuesday 16 November, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Recreation Ground Complex, Campbell Town

Member: $33 inc GST
Non-Member: $66 inc GST

Proudly sponsored by
Page Seager Lawyers | JLT Public Sector

Register here


Registrations are open.

Hear from:

  • Dave Dilger, Edge Legal - making vaccinations compulsory and an update on sexual harassment laws
  • Tim Ashlin, Worksafe Tasmania - Risk assessments 101 and what should be in your covid risk management plans 
  • Julia Hickey, Tasmanian Training Consortium - an overview of their role with a focus on local government
  • Linda Wells, e-Raw - How to support your Team. Showcasing common risks to health and the connection between the food we eat at work and a sedentary workplace.
  • Tony Miller, CouncilJobs - Australasian Council Recruitment 2021: Trends and insights.

The SIG is open to members and non-members. Please pass this on to anyone in your council that may benefit from attending.

Date + Time + Venue
Thursday 18 November, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Tamar Function Centre, Riverside

Member: $33 inc GST
Non-Member: $66 inc GST

Proudly sponsored by
Edge Legal | CouncilJobs | e-Raw


This month we have interviewed Leanne Hurst, General Manager, Community and Place, City of Launceston and LG Professionals Tas Director. 


What do you do in your role and how long have you been doing it?

As a member of the executive team, I get to work with equally passionate people to deliver on the future vision of Launceston and the region. As the General Manager of the Community and Place Network, I'm also privileged to head up the Council's externally facing services and programs in the areas of City Development, Liveable Communities, Community Relations, Health & Compliance and Business Enterprises.  I've worked in local government for almost 25 years and I love it.


What made you want to work in Local Government?

Honestly, when I returned home after living and working interstate and overseas my main motivation was to have a job. I was lucky that George Town Council took a chance on someone who had never worked in local government before and that job I landed was as a Community Development Officer. Despite not having any previous experience in the field, I very quickly discovered that I loved everything about local government.  What I'm passionate about is the deep connection between people and place and the role that local government has in helping communities to achieve their goals.

What made you join LG Professionals Tasmania?

Local government is a unique sector and, in the Tasmanian context, Councils really are quite small so often we find ourselves multi-tasking and sometimes being the only subject matter expert on our team. The benefit of joining an organisation like LG Professionals is that your network suddenly expands and you get to connect with others who share some common challenges and who bring experiences that you can tap into.  I really value the connections I've made through the Association and I'm also privileged to be on the board where I have an opportunity to give back a little to a sector that has given me so much.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I love to travel as often as I can to as many places as I can. I also enjoy cooking for family and friends and I make a mean paella.  And I like to spend time outdoors, whether it be going for a walk in the Cataract Gorge, an early morning run, or enjoying one of Tassie's vineyards with friends. 

If you could give your 12-year-old self 1 piece of advice what would it be?

Don't let people tell you that you have to be the loudest in the room to have your voice heard.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I represented Tasmania in race walking.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing the sector at the moment?

Attracting and retaining qualified people is a perennial challenge for local government when the private sector can often provide higher salaries and less of the public scrutiny and criticism that Council employees can sometimes find themselves unfairly subjected to.  Councils are having to adapt to changing technology, climate change impacts and shifting community expectations. Providing psychologically safe workplaces and highlighting the career pathways open to people looking to start or continue their local government career will be critical to ensuring that we attract, retain and look after the people we need to deliver the future that our communities expect.  And nurturing emerging leaders who are able to be agile and adaptive will be critical to successfully navigating those challenges and grasping the opportunities.

Biggest regret outside of work in the past 10 years? 

I don't really have regrets, though I do have a patchwork quilt that I've been hand stitching for way longer than I'm prepared to admit, and I am hopeful that I will complete it before I retire.


The inaugural Built Environment Climate Action Summit hosted by PIA, UTAS, LGAT and the Tasmanian Government is on Monday 8 November, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the UTAS Sir Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay.

The summit will bring together built environment professionals and specialists to engage with practical real-world actions being taken to adapt built environments to a changing climate and to reduce emissions.

Workshops on buildings, transport and responding to natural hazards will provide participants with the opportunity to learn from like-minded professionals about new initiatives and how they may work in your area.

Find out more


Stapling is coming 1 November 2021

From 1 November 2021, Australian workers will be ‘stapled’ to their existing super fund or the first super fund they join under new single default account rules.

The new rules, announced as part of the government’s recent Your Future, Your Super reforms, will see workers automatically stay with their existing super fund when changing jobs — unless they actively choose a new fund.

For employers, this will change how they onboard new employees from 1 November 2021.

Under the new laws, if a new employee doesn’t nominate a super fund, the employer must check with the ATO to see if they have an existing ‘stapled’ super fund. If they do, the employer must pay super guarantee contributions into that fund. If they don’t, employers can sign them up to their organisations default fund.

The new stapling requirements are compulsory and are the responsibility of employers — not employees or super funds. ATO will be imposing penalties for employers who don’t comply.

Find out more



Local Government Professionals Australia has appointed senior property leader and diversity champion Catherine Carter as Chief Executive Officer after an extensive executive search.

Ms Carter was most recently Canberra General Manager with Engineers Australia. She spent more than a decade as Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia in the ACT. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of Salon Canberra, a platform that brings together thought leaders, influencers and opinion makers to discuss, debate and dissect issues that influence the future of the nation’s capital and capital region.

LG Professionals Association’s National President, Jonathan Throssell, says Ms Carter has a strong understanding of government and all aspects of policy development and political process gained through experience as an industry leader, media commentator and ministerial staffer.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at LG Professionals Association at a mission-critical time for local government professionals across Australia,” Ms Carter says.

“The Association’s role as an advocate for the contribution, capability and capacity of local government professionals has never been more important. I’m looking forward to working closely with our members and partners to ensure policies and programs that support the 200,000-strong workforce of professionals working in local government across Australia.”


With Australia’s largest talent Pool of Jobseekers who all want to work in council, CouncilJobs is your ‘go to’ solution for finding key personnel, especially for hard-to-fill professional roles. More than half of CouncilJobs 9,000+ subscribers have tertiary qualifications or further education in a field relevant to council and 70% have worked or currently work for a council.

Operating continuously for 25 years, we are Australia’s oldest recruitment advertising service just for councils and the secret to success with CouncilJobs lies in understanding the power of our 200+ Council-specific job categories. As a sponsor of this association in Tasmania & elsewhere for over five years, CouncilJobs is deeply committed to supporting the objectives & principles of your organisation.

CouncilJobs is a small independent family-owned & run organisation committed to supporting all Councils and their people with smart targeted recruitment advertising services.

For more information, contact
Tony Miller | Owner & Director | e: tony.miller@counciljobs.com | p: 04-1110-0001


Click here to see the conference program

Thanks to our corporate partners for their support of LG Professionals Tas Conference

JLT Public Sector - Spirit Super - Commonwealth Bank - CouncilWise
MAV Insurance - Edge Legal - Page Seager Lawyers - CouncilJobs - Insight GIS
Document Management Tasmania, partnering with Preservica - River Road Consulting
FYB - Dobson Mitchell Allport - Statewide Novated Leasing - Work & Training - Red Piranha


Branch Meetings and Christmas functions

  • Northern Branch Meeting – Wednesday 24 November | registrations now open
  • Southern Branch Meeting | registrations open soon
  • Cradle Coast Branch Meeting & Networking Event – Thursday 2 December | registrations now open
Register here

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