September 2021  


Register now for the annual conference, being held at the Eastcoaster, Orford from Wednesday 27 October, 6:00 pm to Friday 29 October, 1:30 pm.

Our theme this year, Working Together – Our Future is Today, focuses on establishing meaningful connections and working collaboratively to cultivate positive change.

Our keynote speakers for the conference are Shane Gould AM MBE, Australian Olympic Swimming Champion and Bernadette Black AM, Founder and Director from the Brave Foundation.

The conference will feature a session from Dean Griggs, General Manager, Derwent Valley Council and Jason Little Co-Founder, For the People entitled Bigger, Deeper, Darker, Wilder, Weirder: the Derwent Valley brand story.

Dean and Jason will discuss how the award winning Derwent Valley brand was conceived, developed and delivered. The process involved deep community consultation resulting in a visually striking place brand strengthening both the regional identity and destination marketing.  

Click here to see the full speaker 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 - FYB 
Document Management Tasmania, partnering with Preservica - Insight GIS 
Dobson Mitchell Allport - Statewide Novated Leasing - Work & Training - Red Piranha

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Registrations are now open. 

Hear from:

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

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

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Registrations are now 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

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Registrations are now 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

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LG Professionals Tasmania is undertaking a survey to ensure that our services and benefits are delivered in accordance with our members requirements and expectations. 

You are invited to participate in this survey by following the link and any information/input you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete and all feedback will be completely confidential.   

Responses to the survey are due by the Tuesday 28 September. 

Thanks for your participation. 

Take the survey


Registrations are open for the All Tasmania Youth Advisory Summit, a one day conference for local government youth advisory groups.

If you are a member of a youth advisory council, have amazing ideas and wish to collaborate then you are invited to take the trip to the West Tamar municipality to share new ideas to make a difference in your own community.

The Summit features excellent speakers, relevant workshops on improving your region, and an opportunity to share your voice, present your ideas and your inspiration!

This event is particularly for local government youth advisory councils. Please pass this on to anyone in your local government who is connected to a youth advisory council.  

If there is interest from other advisory groups or you need further information, please reach out to Andrew Beeston by email here

Friday 8th October (during school holidays), 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive Riverside

Free for youth member participants ($25 for any workers attending)

Register here


Congratulations go to Team Realm Collective, Maroondah City Council, Victoria for their win in the Australasian Management Challenge virtual final.  

Well done to Launnie Go! team members, Stuart, Hayden, Dayle, Duncan, Kit and Sarah for their terrific effort in representing Tasmania.


This month we have interviewed Adrian Hutchinson, Legal Officer from the City of Hobart. 


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

I am the Legal Officer for the City of Hobart and I have been in this role since early 2019. The role substantively involves acting as an in-house lawyer for the Council in commercial, property and governance matters. However, given the advisory nature of the role, I tend to be involved in most of the Council’s non-regulatory operations.

The role also includes the management the Council’s commercial property portfolio and overseeing the governance of leasing Council property to sporting and community groups.

What made you want to work in Local Government?

Prior to working at the City of Hobart I was a lawyer practicing in the commercial and property department of a local firm in Hobart. I think one of the most attractive aspects of the Legal Officer role which helped me make the switch to local government was the prospect of being able to give full and pragmatic advice without having to worry about the financial cost to clients. However, having now been in the role for a number of years, I have grown to appreciate the variety and complexity of local government. I think it is safe to say that I am hooked!

What made you join LG Professionals Tasmania?

I am a firm believer in the importance of continuing professional development and the power of networking. LG Professionals Tasmania was the obvious choice for building my knowledge of the sector and expanding my network.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I am an avid reader and movie lover. I also enjoy bushwalking, being with friends and DIY renovations (most of the time).

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

Ask more questions and listen.

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

I am a bit of a petrol head and have three engines in my garage each waiting for the “right project”.

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

Obviously the financial constraints as a result of COVID-19 will put pressure on local government to continue to provide more with less resources. I think this has also caused some related challenges around retaining skilled staff and highlighted the need to be able to adapt our service delivery.

Biggest regret outside of work in the past 10 years? 

Not travelling outside of Australia before the outbreak of COVID-19 (I have never left the country).


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



2022 school based apprenticeship positions are now open. Cradle Coast Authority is seeking applications from motivated students interested in several career starting opportunities.

Commencing in 2022, successful students will work part-time and achieve a nationally recognised qualification while completing their TCE.

For further information and to apply for 2022 positions please click here

Applications close 5.00 pm, 24 September 2021.


Document Management Tasmania is Tasmania’s only complete document lifecycle solutions company. 

From the supply and service of Multi-Function Device (copier) hardware to graphic design and digital print services, to signage (no job too large or small), to physical document preservation and records management, to business process outsourcing. 

Document Management Tasmania has a rich 35 year history in Tasmania and employs over 70 staff, across 8 locations, state-wide.


Check out our upcoming events page to keep up to date and to register for our meetings, SIGs and events.

Special Interest Groups

  • Innovation and Digital Transformation SIG – Thursday 11 November
  • Risk, Legal & Property SIG – Tuesday 16 November
  • HR SIG – Thursday 18 November

Branch Meetings and Christmas functions

  • Northern Branch Meeting – Wednesday 24 November
  • Southern Branch Meeting – Thursday 25 November
  • Cradle Coast Branch Meeting & Networking Event – Thursday 2 December

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