Inspire : Public Works Jan Feb 2013
9 Local government workforce census The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) conducted a census of the entire Australian local government workforce in November and December last year. The organisation said the Australian Local Government Workforce and Employment Census (ALGWECensus) would allow councils to improve workforce planning and help address skill shortages. All 565 councils in Australia were given the opportunity to take part. "The census was the most ambitious local gover nment data collection exercise ever undertaken in Australia," the Centre added. The data collected includes, among other things, staff headcounts by gender and by highest post-school qualifcations, management level by area of council business, workforce planning status and diversity targets. IPWEA CEO Chris Champion applauded the move. "It is critical that local government has a good grasp of the problem of skills shortage and some solid facts about its workforce," he said. "The IPWEA supports the work of ACELG in trying to address this vacuum by developing national workforce datasets." The census was successfully trialled across eight councils in early November: Rockdale Council and Pelarang Shire Council in NSW, Sunshine Coast and Townsville in Queensland, Barossa Shire Council in SA, Golden Plains Shire Council in Victoria, and Capel Shire Council and Stirling Council in WA. The results are expected later this year. Industry stalwart bequeaths funds for engineer education The late Keith Wood, the frst-ever National Executive Offcer of the IPWEA from 1977 to 1995, has provided an endowment from his estate to support the development of public works engineers. Wood provided money towards the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria's (MEFV) study tour program. "The Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria acknowledges the generosity of the late Keith Wood AM in the provision of a legacy to provide continuing support to engineers within Victorian municipalities," the MEFV said. "Keith, noted for his wisdom and dedication to the engineering profession, has provided this legacy to enable selected recipients to undertake study and research to further their engineering career and impart that knowledge to councils by way of the provision of reports on their topic of study." Fleet training success in Hong Kong The IPWEA has been invited to submit a proposal to provide feet management training to the Hong Kong Police Force, after holding a successful three-day course with the same party last November. The training program was conducted by the IPWEA's National Executive Offcer Ross Moody and Uniqco’s Grant Andrews and was based on the IPWEA Fleet Management Certifcate and the Plant & Vehicle Management Manual. Modifcations were made to suit the feet managers in the Hong Kong Police. "The Hong Kong Police Force has a diverse vehicle feet of approximately 2500 vehicles, ranging from small 250-cc motorcycles to heavy goods vehicles, including armoured personnel carriers," Moody said. "Fleet management is responsible for all vehicle procurement, starting with preparation of technical specifcations and ending with tender evaluation." Subsequent maintenance is subject to an exclusive ser vice-level agreement with a single-owned gover nment ser vice provider (EMSD). The frst two days were set aside for management staff as well as other representatives from the procurement, fnance and maintenance government departments. The sessions focussed was on ser vice-level agreements as well as best practice. The third day was for the 52 regional sergeants who had no previous formal training in feet management, but have a strong frontline role in managing the feet on a day-to-day basis. The third day was particularly challenging, because few participants could speak English and a translator was required. The Hong Kong Police Force has a diverse vehicle eet of approximately 2500 vehicles, ranging from small 250-cc motorcycles to heavy goods vehicles, including armoured personnel carriers.
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