June 2021


Annual memberships are just around the corner and your subscription invoice will be delivered to your inbox from 1 July 2021.

LG Professionals Tasmania will continue to strive to expand our charter and membership services for your professional development.

We hope that you will take the time to renew your membership and remain part of our community.


Registrations are now open for the HR Special Interest Group.

Date: Thursday 8 July
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Venue: Tamar Function Centre, Riverside

for the agenda and speaker list.

Members & Non-members are welcome.

Proudly sponsored by:
Edge Legal 

Register here


Registrations are now open for the Risk, Legal & Property Special Interest Group.

Date: Thursday 21 July
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Venue: Campbell Town Recreation Ground Complex

for the agenda and speaker list.

Members & Non-members are welcome.

Proudly sponsored by:
Page Seager Lawyers
JLT Public Sector


Registrations are now open for the Innovation & Digital Transformation Special Interest Group.

Date: Thursday 29 July 
Time: 9:45 am - 3:30 pm
In-person: Aberdeen Room (level 2), paranaple centre, 137 Rooke St, Devonport
Virtual: Microsoft Teams 

Click here for the agenda and speaker list. 

Members & Non-members are welcome. 

Proudly sponsored by:
Red Piranha 
Day One Digital 
Harbour Software 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Congratulations to the Annual Regional Award winners, Australasian Management Challenge Regional winner and the recipients of the Raymond West Scholarships in 2021.

Emerging Leader Award - Sponsored by Spirit Super
Maddie Brough
Marketing & Promotions Officer
City of Launceston

Raymond West Scholarship
Jacqui Parker, Governance Coordinator - Meander Valley Council
Claire Campbell, Tourism and Events Officer - City of Launceston

Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Award
Waratah-Wynyard Council
Project: Integrated Council Environmental Plan 2020-2030

Innovative Management Initiative Award - Sponsored by JLT Public Sector
Devonport City Council
Project: Digital Transformation

Community Services Delivery Award
City of Hobart
Project: Passport to Hobart

Partnerships and Collaboration Award - Sponsored by RDA Tasmania
Northern Midlands Council
Project: Shared Legal Services 

Australasian Management Challenge - Sponsored by JLT Public Sector
Launnie Go! 
City of Launceston

The 2021 winners will contest the National Awards and Management Challenge Final being held in Canberra in August.

Thanks to our wonderful judging committee and sponsors: JLT Public Sector, Spirit Super and RDA Tasmania for supporting our awards program.


To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to employers, including local government, who engage a new Australian Apprentice or Trainee through an additional $1.2 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy.

Your Council may be eligible if:

  • You engage an Australian Apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 22 March 2022 and
  • Your Australian Apprentice or trainee is undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification, and has a training contract that is formally approved by the relevant state training authority

Workforce and employment solutions provider, Work & Training, can provide all the support you need to take on new employees and navigate the Australian Government wage subsidy. Up to $28,000 is available to assist you to employ a new apprentice or trainee over the first 12 months. The subsidy can even apply for your employees who have commenced in the past two months.

Speak with Work & Training to find out if you are eligible. Contact details here.

Find out more about wage subsidies here.

Find out more about Work & Training services here.


This month we have interviewed Janine Reid, Personnel Support Officer | People & Performance Business Partner from the George Town Council.


Janine, what do you do in your role and how long have you been doing it?

I have been with George Town Council for 5 years. I started in the Corporate Services and Finance Department as the Revenue & Senior Payroll Officer. I transferred to the People, Performance & Business Department in November 2019 as a Payroll & Personnel Support Officer focused on Payroll, Terminations, Superannuation and supporting the Manager People, Performance & Business.

What made you want to work in Local Government?  

I had many years in the private sector, I had registered with a recruitment agency looking for a change.  Pleased to say I’m very happy in my role at GTC.

What made you join LG Professionals Tasmania?  

Sharing knowledge and networking with members in the same field to meet the challenges that are out there and find solutions to these challenges.

What interests do you have outside of work? 

Spending time with my family and friends - Camping, reading, going to the movies, sports.

If you could give your 12-year-old self 1 piece of advice what would it be?
Be the best you can be and be kind and considerate of others.

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

I am a one eyed Hawthorn supporter!

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

Attracting top talent, retaining the best employees and adapting to change.

Biggest regret outside of work in the past 10 years? 

Not going on more overseas holidays before Covid.


RDA Tasmania is a not-for-profit regional development organisation funded by the Australian Government. A key focus of RDA Tasmania is making Tasmania a place where things happen.  We will do this by activating Tasmanian development, principally through the co-ordination of a Strategic Regional Plan which will be developed through engagement by all levels of government and key regional stakeholders by June 2022.

RDA Tasmania Committee members are committed volunteers who have been chosen because of their understanding of, and experience in, a range of areas including their professional and industry background, community networks and skills. The Committee is supported by a small and capable staff.

Join your peers from across Australia at RE:NEW – the revitalised National Congress & Business Expo returning 23-25 August 2021.

It’s not business as usual, it’s business renewed as the premier local government conference returns to revitalise our thinking with new ideas, new learnings, and new motivation.

Whether you're leading teams, climbing the leadership ladder, or looking not just for best practice but future practice, this gathering of professionals will put you on the cutting edge of practice and technology in local government.

Register here


Local Government Professionals Australia offers Australian local government officers international exchanges with local government peers in the US and New Zealand annually. The two-week exchanges involve attendance at in-country local government conferences and a one-week workplace visit to a peer’s local government.

With mutual borders reopening to Australians and New Zealanders, Local Government Professionals Australia is offering one member from the LG Professionals network in WA, SA, Tasmania, NT or Victoria a unique opportunity to participate in an International Professional Exchange.

Read more here

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