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Last Chance to Vote in Local Government Elections! Make your mark

The polling period for Local Government Elections is now open. Ballot papers must be received by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) no later than 10am on Tuesday 30 October. 

Don't forget that that successful candidates for mayor and deputy mayor must also be elected as councillors to be able to accept the office of mayor or deputy mayor. 

The TEC has released a number of tips to help you complete your ballot paper. See tips here. If you are worried about your vote making it in time in the post, you can hand deliver your ballot papers to the TEC or your local council chambers.


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.  

Key documents from the day are available below:  

Local Government B4 Kit (Developed by Tracey Bradley from Waratah-Wynyard Council)

Australian Early Development Census


Advanced Sustainable Purchasing Survey

The PLUS Alliance composed of UNSW, Arizona State University (ASU), and King’s College London (KCL),  is currently conducting a joint-global research on local governments’ purchasing, procurement, and waste management.

The study aims to better understand the barriers and facilitators of effective purchasing, procurement, and waste management for local governments, including the social, economic, and environmental implications. The team has already conducted research in several countries including US and Japanese local governments. The reason for my email, therefore, is to offer you the opportunity to be part of this project for comparative Australian data.

The Advancing Sustainable Purchasing in Australian Local Governments (ASPALG) survey aims to collect data from local governments with 10,000 or more residents in all states and territories. To do so, local governments professionals (e.g., managers, directors, and officers) are invited to participate in an anonymous and confidential 15 -20 minutes online-survey. We specifically are targeting professionals from the following fields of expertise:

1. Finance

2. Procurement

3. Waste management

4. Public works

5. City Planning

6. Environment/environmental compliance

7. Sustainability

This research has been reviewed and approved by The University of New South Wales’ Human Research Ethics Committee. In case you have any complaints or concerns about the research study please email or phone +61 2 9385 6222. Similarly, if you are willing and would like to understand how your local government can access our global dataset and/or any other specific type of inquiry, please feel free to contact by email/mobile.

Click here to complete the survey 


Free Literacy Resources for Parents and Carers little people learning

The Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA) has developed a literacy resource aimed at parents and carers of young children. This resource – the Little People’s Literacy Learning modules – is available to all from ALEA’s website at no charge.

On International Literacy Day, 8 September 2018, ALEA launced an additional nine modules as part of the Little People’s Literacy Learning guide for parents and carers. The new modules complement the 18 modules that were released in 2018. The new modules provide:

• guides for working parents, at-home parents of babies and toddlers, and at-home parents with 2 and 3 year-olds;
• guides to developing the language of mental maths, number, measurement, space and shape, and pattern;
• a guide to technology use.

Written by Anita Ayer, a retired early years teacher, and Professor Trevor Cairney OAM, the modules are open access and free of charge. You can access the modules by copying and pasting this link 

Please share the modules widely! 


2019 Rural Women's Award applications now open

Applications are now open for the Rural Women’s Award, which recognises, celebrates, and acknowledges exceptional rural women. 

The 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use their talents and abilities to benefit rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.

To find out more or apply visit



Oatlands Key Access Fob System For Heritage Buildings

Recently the ‘Oatlands Key’ was launched in Oatlands, the system allows 7 days per week access to the Southern Midlands Council Keyoperated significant heritage buildings including the:


1829 Oatlands Supreme Courthouse, 1836 Oatlands Gaoler’s Residence and the

1827 Oatlands Commissariat

Visitors can collect the Oatlands Key access fob from participating High Street businesses who display the ‘Oatlands Key’ sign, which allows them to unlock each building having been fitted with an electronic card reader. Aside from offering the opportunity to visit the historic buildings, visitors will also be able to view the archeological and heritages collection items on display as well as the information panels telling the history of the site.  A map is provided enabling visitors to easily navigate the short distance between all three buildings. 

The key system was implemented through a successful Tasmanian Community Fund Grant of $43,135.


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: 


Community Defibrillators Fund – Closes 5 November 2018

Defibrillators save lives, which is why the Hodgman Liberal Government will deliver 180 new Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) over the next two years around the state.  Application are now open for the fund, which is the biggest single investment in community defibrillators the state’s ever seen.  When a heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, having a defibrillator deliver an electric current within the first few minutes is critical.  The chance of survival after a cardiac arrest declines by up to 10 per cent a minute, so early access to an AED is live-saving.

The Government are committed to making Tasmanians’ lives better, and we believe those living in rural and regional areas in every corner of our state should not be disadvantaged.  The cost of an AED is often outside the reach of many not-for-profit and community-led organisations, so this fund is an important investment in community safety.  Online applications to host an AED are open to individuals, community organisations and not-for-profit organisations at

Applications will be assessed on location, accessibility, ability to maintain, and the defibrillator being registered.

Multicultural Grants Program 2019 closes 9 November 2018


As part of Tasmania’s Population Growth Strategy the Tasmanian Government has created the Multicultural Grants Program aimed at assisting migrants to settle and feel welcome in Tasmania. The Grants Program aims to:

  • build the capacity of all ethnic community organisations to deliver positive outcomes for community members, including civic and community participation;
  • support projects that foster cross-cultural understanding and engagement, assist migrants to feel welcome and part of the community; and
  • showcase the vibrancy of multiculturalism and encourage the participation of the whole community.

For further information, please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation, Department of Communities Tasmania by email at or by phone on1800 204 224.

Further information is available from the Department’s website.


Learning Grants Program 2018-19 – closes 9 November 2018

The Learning Grants Program 2018-19 is now open to receive project applications.

The Program will focus on providing sustainable learning support opportunities for students from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Years 9 and 10 in Tasmanian Government Schools,.

To be eligible, applicants must be an incorporated not-for-profit association or a Local Government agency with experience providing educational support services to people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

The Guidelines and Application Form are available on the Department’s website.

For further information, please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation, Department of Communities Tasmania by email at or by phone on1800 204 224.

Healthy Tasmania Community Innovation Grants - Round 2

Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants of up to $25 000 each are available again to support healthy eating, physical activity, quitting smoking, and encourage community connection and partnerships.

The Tasmanian government will offer $500 000 in the second round of the Healthy Tasmania Community Innovations Grants in 2018-19 for activities that support healthy lifestyles in Tasmania as part of its Healthy Tasmania Strategy.

The grant application period opens on 20 August 2018 and close 5 pm, 2 November 2018 and funds will be available January 2019.

Grants will fund activities that support innovative, sustainable, grassroots, community-driven programs that aim to improve health and reduce health inequities for Tasmanian communities.

Find out more here 

Tasmanian Government Sport & Recreation Major Grants Program - Open Now

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.

The Program closes 1 November 2018. 

City of Hobart - Grants

The City of Hobart offers specific grant programs for events, community services and environmental activities. For each grant refer to the relevant guidelines and application forms for the program objectives, eligibility information and assessment criteria, available to download from each grant program page.

At the City of Hobart we have 17 Grant Programs available in three streams: Quick Response grants, which are open all year round, and two competitive grant streams, open annually in June, and biannually in February and August. The areas they cover include Creative Hobart, Community, Events, Marketing, Christmas, Venue Support Waste Reduction and Urban Sustainability.

Further information can be found at 


National / International Sport Championships Grant Program

Closes 31 March 2019 (or when funds are expended)

The 2017-18 National / International Sport Championships Program provides grants of up to $3,000 to eligible organisations to assist in meeting costs associated with hosting a national or international sport championship event within Tasmania.

The National / International Sport Championships Grant Program will be open for applications till 31 March 2018, or when the funds have been expended.

For further information see the National / International Sport Championships Grant Program webpage or telephone Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476. 

Partnership Grants

For not-for-profit groups and organisations for amounts up to $15,000 for larger projects that benefit the Clarence community.

Applications Close 1st October 2018.

Grant Guidelines and Application Forms are available via website or by contacting Please read the guidelines to ensure you meet the criteria before applying. Late applications will not be accepted.




WIL 2018

3rd Women in Leadership Tasmania Summit - "Stepping Up, Standing Out" 

A motivating educational experience dedicated to helping leaders become engaged, competent and connected

4 December 2018 - Pre Summit Workshop, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

5 & 6 Decemner 2018 - Summit,Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

7 December  - Post Summit Workshop, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Organiased by Liquid Learning - 10% discount for LGAT Members,

Find our more here!

Harnessing the power of Spatial Analytics -24 Oct 2018

TASSIC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a forum on “Harnessing the power of spatial analytics” on Wednesday 24 October 2018.

In 2012, TASSIC commissioned an economic study that found that the use of spatial information services such as geographic information systems, satellite and aerial imagery and satellite positioning services had delivered economic benefits of $104 million to the Tasmanian economy in 2011. Evidence suggests that this has grown considerably since that time. 

Spatial data analytics is emerging as the next paradigm in the use of spatial data. It has applications in almost every sector of the economy and in many government services.

The purpose of the forum is to provide people from government and business with the latest information on the growing use of spatial analytics and how it can improve productivity. The forum will include examples from overseas as well as from government and industry in Tasmania. The program will also include information on recent research in data analytics.

This will be one of the most significant events in the TASSIC program of industry forums that will be rolled out over the coming years.

A preliminary program is attached which provides information regarding the Forum and contains a link for registration. A full program including speaker details will be available soon. 
Click here for preliminary program.



The Training Consortium - 

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

Check out what training courses TTC have on here

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