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State Government Coronavirus Webpage

Visit the official State Government Coronavirus webpage for all facts and information about COVID-19 here: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au

LGAT COVID-19 Webpage

LGAT has developed a central point of information on our website for COVID-19 related information. The page includes resources for Members and information for stakeholders seeking information about Local Government activities in response to the pandemic. Find it here or via our the front page of our website.

**Red Cross Councils Blood Challenge 2020**

Are you ready to get your blood pumping in the 2020 Councils Blood Challenge?

In the 2019 Councils Challenge, 285 donations (saving 855 lives) were made with City of Hobart taking out the top spot, closely followed by Central Coast Council and City of Launceston. Who will take out the top spot in 2020?

In 2020 can we beat that tally? Let’s work together to SAVE 1000 LIVES across Tasmania.

Everything you need to join the challenge and book a donation can be found on the challenge webpage.  This isn’t a solo event—it’ll take a team to win. Recruit teammates and new donors across your workplace using these downloadable assets to help you save more lives in 2020.

For further assistance with promotion, group bookings or presentations contact your Lifeblood Account Manager, Ann Harvey on 0419887365 or anharvey@redcrossblood.org.au.


Careers at Council - Offer for Councils

In recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on council budgets, Careers at Council  extend an offer to all councils to post their job vacancies on Careers at Council at no cost until 1 July 2020.

Careers at Council is a platform that connects candidates to jobs in councils. It is supported by targeted candidate marketing campaigns and is recognised by the Australian Government as the jobs portal for councils nationally. The site is currently visited by hundreds of job seekers each day.

Councils interested in supporting this industry-owned site should also take advantage of the current 15 month subscription offer which effectively gives councils 17 months of national advertising for the cost of a 12 month subscription. Click here for more information

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.

Community Health and Well-being 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 access free resources and case studies.

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.

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: www.ccc.tas.gov.au/events


Business Tasmania COVID-19 Business Support and Loans

The Tasmanian Government is providing a substantial stimulus package to support Tasmania as we tackle the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.

Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania Grant Programs

Communities, Sport and Recreation administers a range of grant programs to support the provision of quality facilities and environments that meet the community, sports and recreation needs of Tasmanians and support community development and engagement.

Click here to find out about community grants programs.

Click here to find out more about community sport and recreation grants programs.

Tasmanian Governments COVID-19 Sport & Recreation Grants Program Tranche 2

$2 million in grants for the sport sector to be administered through the Communities, Sport and Recreation (CSR) Division of Communities Tasmania.

Tranche 2 of this funding will provide sport and active recreation clubs and associations with grants of up to $3 000 to assist with hygiene and equipment purchases to comply with the relevant Return to Play plan. Applications will close on Monday, 31 August 2020 at 5.00 pm or when program funds are exhausted. Click here to find out more.

Healthy Tasmania Fund Round Two

Funding round will open 7 September 2020. Applications will close on 30 October 2020.

The Healthy Tasmania Fund Round 2 will provide grants up to $200 000 for projects or initiatives up to two years.  There will be small grants (up to $30 000) and large grants ($30 001 to $200 000).

These grants aim to strengthen community connections and help people live happy, healthy lives. Healthy Tasmania is a key part of the Government’s investment to prevent chronic conditions and improve the health and wellbeing of all Tasmanians.

Two million dollars is available for community organisations and local governments to invest in the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Successful projects will build community connections while helping Tasmanians:

  • reduce smoking
  • improve healthy eating
  • be more physically active; and
  • improve mental health and wellbeing.

Find out more about the Healthy Tasmania Fund Round 2 at a Community Information Sessions, to be held in August. Register your interest today!

Email ahealthytasmania@health.tas.gov.au for more information.

Tasmanian Department of State Growth Funding Opportunities

The Department of State Growth offers grants and loans to businesses and individuals to assist in professional and sector development in Tasmania. Visit the area of interest to find out if you are eligible. Click here to find out more.

City of Hobart - Resilient Hobart Grants

The City of Hobart is providing funding to support the delivery of community and creative projects and programs that support the community to respond to and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Find out more here

West Tamar Council - Small Project Grants

West Tamar Council’s Small Project Grants respond to requests for funding throughout the year and provide an opportunity for new applicants to form a relationship with Council and gain an understanding of the grant process.

Small Project Grants are assessed monthly and allow groups, and organisations who meet the selection criteria to gain access to small amounts of grant funding, up to $1,500. Grant funding is usually available by successful applicants within six (6) weeks of submitting their application. Click here to find out more.

Australian Government Community Grants Hub

The Community Grants Hub, in the Department of Social Services, provides a shared-services arrangement to deliver grant administration services on behalf of Australian Government client agencies to support their policy outcomes. Click here to find out more.

Australian Government GrantConnect

The Current Grant Opportunity List contains all current Grant Opportunities (GOs) open for application. GOs are sorted by default with those closing soonest at the top, and those that are ongoing at the end of the list. Click here

Australian Council for the Arts

Australia Council response to COVID-19

The Australia Council is announcing its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19. Find out more here.

Australian Government Blackspot Program (Road Safety)

As part of the Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government has committed an additional $50 million per year from 2019-20 to the Black Spot Program. The Government will provide $1.0 billion to the Black Spot Program from the 2013-2014 financial year to the 2022-2023 financial year, with an on-going commitment of $110 million each year following. Road crashes are a major cost to Australians every year. Black Spot projects target those road locations where crashes are occurring. By funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the program reduces the risk of crashes. Programs of this sort are very effective, saving the community many times the cost of the relatively minor road improvements that are implemented. Find out more here.


Many events and conferences are being impacted by COVID-19. Please check with event organisers regarding your event.

UTAS new subsidised courses to support Tasmanian recovery

From counselling and education to small business and applied health, the University of Tasmania has created a range of subsidised online short courses to support the community’s post-COVID-19 recovery. They support critical areas of our workforce across health, education, business, science and engineering as well as mental health and wellbeing, which we know will be key to a successful recovery in Tasmania.

Among the job-ready certificates on offer is the Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling. This course will give students an understanding of human behaviour and the fundamentals of applied counselling, as well as providing a pathway into postgraduate counselling degrees.

Students can enrol in job-ready certificates now, with the first intake studying in Semester 2 this year, from 13 July to December. Find out more about the available courses by clicking here

Tasmanian Training Consortium Update

The TTC's face-to-face calendar courses will re-open from 1 July 2020.

All Tasmanian Councils can access TTC training as part of your LGAT Membership.

TTC also have a number of courses currently running online such as "Email Ninja".

Visit the TTC website to find our more.

LGAT Annual Conference - Cancelled for 2020

Unfortunately, the 108th LGAT Annual Conference will not proceed in July 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. LGAT has made this decision in response to directives from federal and state governments and in the best interests of our members and the wider community.

LGAT would like to thank our Members, sponsors and exhibitors for their patience and support as we prioritise the health, wellbeing and safety of all Tasmanians through these unprecedented times. LGAT is contacting relevant stakeholders to discuss and revise any arrangements already made. LGAT is working with Wrest Point to have the LGAT Annual Conference return in July 2021.