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LGAT & StLukesHealth Corporate Health Plan for Local Government 

We are excited to announce that St.LukesHealth has partnered with the Local Government Association of Tasmania toStLukesCorporateHealth deliver a Corporate Health Plan for eligible employees and elected representatives of Local Government in Tasmania.

The Corporate Health Plan provides you with great benefits, such as;

  • A discount on the brochure rates offered in the Corporate Brochure, with easy payment by Direct Debit.
  • Gap free preventative dental^ for the whole family at your choice of dentist. Go to the dentist twice a year for examination, x-ray, scale and clean and fissure sealing!
  • No waiting periods‡ apply when switching from another health insurer, providing you have served all waiting periods with your previous insurer.
  • Pay only half the excess for same-day hospital admissions on selected covers†. No excess on hospital treatment for children covered on the policy.
  • Business Development Consultants that can come to you at a time and place suitable.

Are you already a member with St.LukesHealth? To take advantage of the Corporate Health Plan discount, please contact our customer care consultants on 1300 651 988.  

Special Launch Offer

Eligible employees and elected representatives who join St.LukesHealth by August 31, 2019 will receive ONE month free and the waiver of 2, 3 and 6 month waiting periods on extras cover.

Want to find out more? Contact St.LukesHealth today at!

St.LukesHealth has been voted by our members as Australia’s Number One Private Health Insurer for Customer Satisfaction in 2016, 2017 and 2018*.

 ᶲ The discount cannot be combined with other discounts available under other arrangements between St.LukesHealth and other alliance partners.  

^ For some preventative dental items on selected products. Annual limits, fund rules and waiting periods apply. Under Gap Free Preventative Dental we pay 100% of your dentists regular fee up to a maximum benefit for each eligible service.

‡ No waiting periods when switching to an equivalent level of cover, providing all waiting periods have been served with the previous insurer.

† The excess for adults will apply to both same-day and overnight hospitalisations.

* #1 Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards: Private Health Insurer of the Year – 2016, 2017 & 2018. St.LukesHealth ABN 81 009 479 618. 


Notice of public consultation meetings for the “Independent review of the Queensland Fruit Fly Response”.

The 2018-2019 Queensland fruit fly (QFF) response was the largest biosecurity response in Tasmania’s history.

An Independent Review into the Tasmanian QFF incursion and response is currently underway.  The aim of the Review is to consider the lessons learnt to ensure that Tasmania is best placed to manage the risk which QFF poses to our horticultural industries.

As the next stage in the review process, a series of public consultation meetings with the Independent Reviewer have been scheduled as follows:

  • FLINDERS ISLAND – Furneaux Arts and Entertainment Centre (Whitemark), Monday 1 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm). 
  • DEVONPORT – Paranaple Centre – Aberdeen Room (137 Rooke St, Devonport), Tuesday 2 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm). 
  • GEORGE TOWN – George Town Memorial Hall (29-67 Macquarie St, George Town), Wednesday 3 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm). 
  • HUONVILLE – Huonville Library – Peach & Plum Room (1 Skinner Drive, Huonville), Thursday 4 July 2019 (5:30-7:30pm).

These meetings are open to all members of industry and the general public. 

Please RSVP by 28 June 2019, indicating your intended venue, by emailing:

For more information about the Review, please visit:


One Music Australia Launched

If your council uses copyright music within your Council, Commonwealth legislation requires permission (a licence) from the creators of that music. You can read independent legal information at

OneMusic Australia, a joint initiative of Australia’s two music rights management groups, launched on 1 July with one ‘per-resident’ annual rate covering background music, film and other events, music in facilities, telephone on hold and more.  Councils throughout Australia are being notified of the transition (Previously conicls dealth separately with APRA, AMCOS and PPCA).

For before and after comparisons, Councils will need to review whether their current licensing from both organisations is exhaustive (all music uses licensed correctly).

Councils are encouraged to contact OneMusic to gain a better understanding of how their licence fees support musicians in their LGA through the payment of royalties, career development, grant opportunities and more broadly lobbying for more Australian content. More than 85 cents in the dollar is paid out to the copyright owners though these organisations. 

For more details click here

Access and Inclusion Toolkit

Clarence City Council has developed an Access and Inclusion Assessment Toolkit that champions and supports the key importance of accommodating all people in the community when planning for and creating accessible and inclusive environments.

Incorporating legislative standards, universal design, inclusive approaches and functionality to planning, the toolkit helps council staff assess the level of accessibility to and within council’s existing buildings and facilities, and identify poor functionality or design issues early on in the initial planning phases.

The Access and Inclusion Assessment Toolkit was a collaborative project of council’s Disability Access and Positive Ageing Advisory Committees.

The toolkit is relevant and useful for those who:

  • Plan for and contract others when working on new or redesigned buildings or facilities, public open spaces, or recreation and sporting venues;
  • Work on landscape design or streetscape projects;
  • Plan for and develop roads, pathways, transport, car parking or track and trails;
  • Want to ensure that community spaces and places are safe; and
  • Have an interest in the redevelopment of a council facility.

Request a copy of the toolkit here


Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Southern Tasmania

The Southern Branch of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association has developed the document: Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Southern Tasmania, in response to the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping. Read the Code here

Currently, regulations around bee keeping vary across municipal areas. The Southern Branch of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association is advocating that all Councils adopt the beekeeping control model which the City of Hobart has put in place under its 2015 By-Law, which reflects the approach outlined in the Code of Practice for Urban Beekeeping in Southern Tasmania.

JobAccess Employer Toolkit

JobAccess recently launched the Employer Toolkit - a comprehensive guide for employing people with disability. Take a look at 

Community Health and Wellbeing Resources 

Local Government plays a key role in providing for the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian communities.   This   three-year  project supports councils in this role by informing and inspiring local strategic planning and actions for health and wellbeing.

Visit the LGAT Community Health and Wellbeing Resources webpage by clicking here to find out about the project and aceess free resources and case studies.


LGAT Resources for Elected Members

LGAT has developed a range of new resources for councillors. While these are primarily targeted at first time councillors, over the next 12 months we will be addressing a range of topics in greater depth and hope that these resources are useful for all Elected Members.

Please click here to visit the dedicated page on our website where we have videos, handbooks and tool kits as well as events and training to help you understand your role and the role of Local Government.

Free Online Resources for Community Safety

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has developed a number of free Handbooks, outlining nationally agreed principles on a range of resilience topics.

Two handbooks published this year that are of particular interest Local Government include:

Public Information and Warnings Handbook: the authoritative national guide for those who provide warnings before, during and after emergencies. The handbook outlines evidence-based, nationally agreed principles and provides guidance on developing and issuing warnings. See the A4 ready-reference poster that supports the Warnings Handbook here 

Safe and Health Crowded Places Handbook: the authoritative guide for groups organising events, managing venues, enacting health and safety protocols and related activities. This handbook had the input of many health professionals and includes a dedicated chapter on public health.

For both these handbooks, there are a suite of online companion resources – all freely available. As we come into the busy season both for emergency management and for summer/holiday events, we’d love to ensure local governments around Tasmania are either made aware or reminded these resources are available to them.  


Building Great Communities for Tasmania's Children Forum - Key Documents

The Building Great Communities for Tasmania’s Children forum was hosted by LGAT, City of Hobart, B4 Early Years Coalition and the Australian Early Years Census - Tasmania in Campbell Town on July 5, 2018.  

The forum bought together a diverse range of speakers covering topics including the role of Local Government in early childhood, child-friendly communities, the arts, playgrounds, using data for planning and engaging with children to help shape their communities.   

The forum was attended by 32 people including representatives from eight councils, along with workers from community organisations and State Government.  

Planning a Better Event Toolkit

event toolkit

An innovative new resource has been developed by Clarence City Council to make the sometimes daunting task of planning and running an event easier for all members of the community. 

Council, in partnership with Healthy Tasmania, identified that a simple toolkit which aims to help organisers ‘think outside the box’ – looking beyond the sausage sizzle – to create more diverse events which are inclusive to more people.

The ‘Planning a Better Event’ toolkit is a guide to help identify, personalise and brainstorm all aspects of planning an event, leading to healthier, more engaging and memorable events in Tasmania. The toolkit is divided into sections – food, the physical environment, sustainability, social inclusion and legalities with each listing a number of items to consider.  

The quality of food presented can make a big difference to the success of an event, how it is perceived by event-goers and whether they decide to return to future events. The ‘Planning a Better Event’ toolkit provides a check-list to help planners think about whether food supplied at an event is suitable and desirable.

Sustainability is also covered and is based on the ‘no trash, no trail and no trace’ motto – and how to make more sustainable choices. Transport for event goers is something also to be considered to help include more people from all around the community.

Council has partnered with Healthy Tasmania to provide the toolkit to other organisations around the State. It is also available to download online at:    


Updated National Community Recovery Handbook to Assist in Disaster Recovery

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has published an updated handbook to build capability for those assisting disaster recoverycommunities in recovery.

The updated Community Recovery Handbook is a useful resource for those in local government who have a role or responsibility in supporting communities through recovery after a disaster. The handbook explores key concepts and frameworks in recovery and provides resources for readers to work with communities to deliver effective recovery processes, services, programs and activities.

It can be used by local government to develop policies, capabilities, emergency management plans and other documents that incorporate disaster recovery within their own jurisdictions and that support local communities.

The handbook aligns to the recently updated National Principles for Disaster Recovery and includes guidance on applying the principles within various demographics and throughout the various complexities in supporting a community through the recovery process.

The revised handbook is freely accessible on the Knowledge Hub: 


2019 Tasmanian AEDC Grants - Open

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population measure of how children are developing by the time they begin their first year of full-time schooling.The 2015 AEDC is the third national collection since 2009.

The AEDC Grants provide financial assistance for projects/programs that involve, benefit and engage children and families - especially communities with relatively high levels of developmental vulnerability - responding to the AEDC with proactive ways of improving early childhood outcomes.

To find our more explore the 2019 Tasmanian AEDC Grants support material and the 2019 Tasmanian AEDC Grants guidelines.


Vulnerable Road User Program (VRUP) 2019-20 Open

The program aims to provide an opportunity for Local Government to apply for funding for small-scale infrastructure treatments to improve road safety for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists).

A total of $500 000 has been allocated from the Road Safety Levy for the 2019-20 grant round. Click the links to access the VRUP Guidelines and Application Form whcih have been revised. There has been no material change to these documents. the Department of State Growths welcome feedback on these documents to further improve our supporting information.

Further information on the program can be found on the Department of State Growth Transport website here:

 Queries can be directed to: 

City of Launceston Event Sponsorship  - Closes 15 June 2019


The City of Launceston Event Sponsorship Program provides funding support to events that deliver a range of community, social, cultural, tourism and economic benefits to the Launceston community.  Online applications are now open for events to be held between January 1, 2020 and  July 31, 2020 within the following categories: 

  • Major Event Sponsorship
  • Small Event Sponsorship 

Online applications for Round 2 2019/2020 close June 15, 2019.  For more information, to check eligibility and/or apply or contact Cherie Holmes Grants and Sponsorship Officer on 03 6323 3351 or email

City of Launceston Community Grants for Individuals & Teams/Groups – Ongoing subject to Availability of Funds

The City of Launceston Community Grants Program provides assistance to young people aged 18 years and under, who live in the municipality, for sporting, academic or cultural endeavours

Online applications for Community Grants for Individuals and Teams/Groups can be made year round subject to budget availability. For more information, to check eligibility and/or apply or contact Cherie Holmes Grants and Sponsorship Officer on 03 6323 3351 or email


Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association (TMSA) Grants Program 2019-20 – Closes 12 July 2019

The Tasmanian Men's Shed Association (TMSA) Grants Program supports the sustainable development of Men's Sheds in Tasmania.

The Grants Program supports capacity building and the sustainable development of Men’s Sheds in Tasmania.

The Grants Program is open to TMSA members and non-TMSA member organisations that are able to demonstrate that they operate as a Men’s Shed and align with the TMSA values and vision.  For further information click here: (Link to Website)




107th LGAT Annual Conference: 3-5 July Hobart

The 2019 LGAT Annual Conference theme is “Finding Your Voice” – recognising that Local Government has unique voice, both individually and collectively. The voice of council leaders is a powerful leadership tool that influences our communities, governments and peers. Delegates will be challenged to think about how they harness their authentic voice to support their leadership role, inspire our communities and ac for our councils and municipalities.

Join us at Wrest point from 3-5 July - REGISTRATIONS CLOSING SOON!!

LGAT Conference 19


12th Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) 7-10 July 2019, Brisbane.

Discover how you can connect with local government leaders, investors, clients, suppliers and business form the Asia Pacific region and beyond. APCS 2019

The 12th Asia Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) and Mayors’ Forum will run from 7 to 10 July in Brisbane.

The Summit will continue to build on its success as one of the region’s leading forums, and a key platform for driving innovation, city partnership and economic growth in the region. Learn more here





The Training Consortium (TTC)

**2 for 1 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for LOCAL GOVERNMENT employees for the TTC Public Sector Management Program 2019**

The Australian Public Service Commission is funding national scholarships to boost local government participation in the Public Sector Management Program (PSM Program). The Training Consortium (TTC) has secured one scholarship for Tasmania in 2019, on a two for one basis. TTC, in conjunction with the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), are running a process to select two (2) scholarship recipients, with each recipient receiving a 50% discount on the enrolment fee.

Find out more here

The Public Sector Management Program (PSMP):

  • Offers a unique opportunity for new and existing managers (or aspiring) aimed to enhance management skills within context of the public sector environment
  • Is designed for managers across all three levels of government
  • Program is delivered nationally by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), in Hobart
  • Successful completion will result in a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management)
  • Consists of 4 units delivered in Hobart with a mix of self-directed online learning and 14 workshop days over 15 months
  • Free Information session will be promoted on the TTC Calendar in early 2019
  • More information is available on the QUT website
  • Download the PSMP Brochure
  • 2019 timetable – Please view HBA 1901


Your Council's LGAT Membership includes Membership of The Training Consortium (TTC).

Check out what training courses TTC have on here 

Regional Program

Tasmanian Training Consortium believes that everyone in the public sector should have access to quality professional development as part of their employment. The Regional Training Pilot Porgram has been extended unitl June 2019. View the program by clicking here 

TTC REgional 2019



National Housing Conference 2019-Housing future communities

27-30 August, Darwin Convention Centre

The National Housing Conference 2019 is convened by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) in partnership with the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development, NT.

AHURI is a national independent research network with an expert not-for-profit research management company, AHURI Limited, at its centre. Through active engagement, AHURI’s work informs the policies and practices of governments and the housing and urban development industries.

Australian policy and decision making in housing and urban issues is informed by credible and independent evidence to facilitate:

  • The alignment of public, private and not-for-profit sector investment to optimise outcomes and value
  • An integrated approach to planning productive, sustainable, and liveable urban environments
  • Healthy, cohesive and connected communities and places
  • Affordable and secure housing for all Australians.

AHURI’s mission is to inform and impact better housing, homelessness, cities and related urban outcomes through the delivery and dissemination of relevant and authoritative research.

Register here


International Public Works Conference - Hobart, 25-29 August 2019 

"Vibrant Futures, Solid Foundations"

 Conference date: 25-29 August 2019

Location Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart.

Please see flyer on submitting an abstract here


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