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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. 


Batteries stocks and flows study - National survey of local councils on battery collection services

The Battery Stewardship Council (BSC) and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) have commissioned a national study to quantify Australian flows of batteries across sales, use and disposal, and assess the characteristics of the local recycling industry. The outcomes of the study will help inform the preferred product stewardship design to ensure that the selected scheme for Australia is practical, recovery effective, cost effective and forward looking.

The BSC was established in May 2018 to facilitate the design and deployment of a national product stewardship scheme for all batteries, across all chemistry types and applications. You can see more information on the BSC at

As part of the study we are undertaking a survey of local councils nationally to seek feedback on: 

  • coverage of council related battery collection services
  • quantities/chemistries recovered through council services
  • destinations of the collected batteries
  • estimates around the costs of collection service provision. 

The survey quite short (~10 minutes), and we request that councils that both do, and do not provide a battery collection service complete the survey. The survey is very quick if your council does not provide a service, but will provide important and valuable information into the study.  

The link to the survey is at:

Thank you for your consideration of this request. Please feel free to contact the project manager Kyle O’Farrell ( / 03 9016 5490), or Libby Chaplin, the Chief Executive Officer of the BSC (0467 515 260 /, to discuss the background to this request or the study and its objectives further.


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.

Employ their Ability

Workplaces across Australia are recognising the pool of talent that people with disability represent. You can join the conversation in the JobAccess LinkedIn group.

Have you seen the Employer Toolkit; a omprehensive guide for employing people with disability? Take a look at 

Read the latest Employ their Ability update here

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: 



**$7,000 Available for Women’s Leadership Development **Closing Soon!

Opportunity for all all women currently working in the local government sector to express interest in a limited pool of scholarship funding that is available.

The fee support opportunity provides women with funding of between $3,000 and $7,000 (per applicant, subject to a set of selection criteria being met) to undertake a range of leadership development programs commencing later this year.

Quite a number of local government women have applied, with many high-calibre candidates being awarded scholarships, and industry stakeholders and creditors want to take this opportunity to thank all of those for their support to date.

To ensure equitable access to the grants, WLA has extended the funding window until September 20.

It is important to note that it is uncertain when these partial grants will be available again; more information and initial expressions of interest are available here:  

Qantas Regional Grants Program – Closes 30 August 2019

Interested community groups and organisations can apply via the link


The Qantas Regional Grants program will offer a total of $5 million in grants over five years to Australian-based not-for-profit community groups, individuals, charities, projects and organisations that are seeking funding to provide a direct service or benefit to regional Australia. The grants will include a combination of flights, cash and marketing support.

 Applications are open now and will close on 30 August 2019. Successful recipients will be announced in October 2019. 


Teddy Sheean Memorial Grants Program 2019-20 – Round 1 – Closes 12 September 2019

 The total funding pool for round 1 is $50,000:  

  • Grants of up to $10,000 are available for minor capital works and/or refurbishment.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 are available for equipment purchases.
  • Grants of up to $5,000 are available for the repair and maintenance of existing war memorials, and the construction of new memorials.


Community Defibrillator Fund – Closes 13 September 2019

Applications for the second round of Ambulance Tasmania’s Community Defibrillator Fund are now open for a further 90 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). The Tasmanian Government is offering community groups, individuals and not-for-profit organisations the chance to apply for 90 AEDs for the benefit of their local communities.

The probability of surviving a cardiac arrest declines between seven and 10 per cent with each passing minute. Early access to a defibrillator is critical and can save someone’s life.

The AED is very easy to use and has audio to talk you through the procedure. Applications close Friday 13 September 2019.  


City Hobart – Events Grants – Various Closing Dates

The City of Hobart Event Grants program provides grants for a range of events that provide benefits to both the local and wider community. The City of Hobart supports events which:

- enhance community identity
- encourage accessibility and community participation
- support and enhance the cultural life of Hobart     
- celebrate cultural diversity
- deliver economic benefits through increased visitation and promotion 
- enhance the reputation of Hobart as an attractive tourist destination. 

All applications are assessed against assessment criteria. It is important to note that meeting all criteria does not guarantee that an application will be successful.  

Sport and Recreation Major Grants Program 2019-20 – Closes 30 October 2019

The Sport and Recreation Major Grants Program provides grants of between $15 000 and $80 000 to clubs, associations, local government and other not-for profit providers of sport and active recreation.

Eligible projects must benefit sport and/or recreation clubs and applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding.

For further information see the Major Grants Program webpage or telephone Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 204 224. 

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.




LG Professionals Tasmania Conference - 16-18 October 2019, Devonport

Join delegates from across the industry to hear from leading speakers, over two comprehensive days; and celebrate successes from your colleagues.

Be part of the leading information sharing and networking forum at the new paranaple convention centre in Devonport from 16th– 18thOctober.

Accommodation has been reserved at the Quality Inn Gateway Hotel.

Find out more and register  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 

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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