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NEWS & RESOURCES

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.

Peak Bodies Shared Statement for engaging Tasmanians in Recovery and Rebuilding

LGAT has joined forces with 10 other Tasmanian Peak bodies to develop a shared statement of intention for engaging Tasmanians in recovery and rebuilding.  Collectively this group of peak bodies represents the majority of Tasmanians and are committed to supporting individuals and communities as we response to COVID 19 and into the future.

We want all Tasmanians to have the same opportunities to rebuild and believe this is critical to achieving that is conversations and solutions that are tailored for diverse communities. Engagement with Tasmanians must consider barriers to participation and there should be open and transparent sharing of data between Governments, peak bodies and other stakeholders.

A copy of this Statement has been provided to the Premier and the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Committee with the view seeking their commitment to these principles and to broaden understanding of the way in which peak bodies can support recovery processes; including using our extensive networks into communities to facilitate engagement.  The statement can be read here.

Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women - Nominate Now!

The search is on for inspirational women across the state. Nominations are open for the 2021 Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women.

Tasmanians are encouraged to consider nominating women and women’s organisations who have made a significant contribution locally, nationally or internationally.

The Honour Roll preserves the stories of women and women’s organisations, ensuring their achievements are not forgotten, and to inspire future generations.

The Honour Roll includes women from all walks of life, including community service, humanitarian pursuits, business, science and technology, the arts, sport, education, medicine and the environment.

The Honour Roll was established in 2005, with 324 women and 10 women’s organisations being inducted so far.

Nominations must demonstrate how the nominee meets the selection criteria. More information about the Honour Roll, the nomination process and nomination forms are available at http://www.women.tas.gov.au/tasmanian_honour_roll_of_women

Nominations close on 16 October 2020. New inductees will be announced in March 2021.

Final Weeks! Red Cross Councils Blood Challenge 2020

Help Lifeblood by saving lives before 30 September!

You have until 30 September to make your mark on the Councils Blood Challenge in 2020. At two months into the Challenge, Council team-members across the state have saved 546 lives. Will you help Tasmanian Councils reach the goal of saving 1000 lives by 30th September?

And Lifeblood need us more than ever in September. You could play your part in helping to fill the 1000 appointments available across the donor centres in Burnie, Devonport, Hobart and Launceston this month and take your Council to the top of the Challenge leaderboard.

Tasmanian donor centres are only taking plasma donations on Fridays and Saturdays – plasma can be made into 18 different life changing products and is a great way to make an extra donation before 30th September. Did you know that you can donate plasma as a first donation?

You can find the latest donation tally and join your team on the Councils Blood Challenge 2020 webpage.

Make your appointment today by going to donateblood.com.au, downloading the DonateBlood APP or calling 131495 and remember to join your Council team when you donate (just ask at reception or update your preferences online or via the APP).

Want to make a small group booking with your team mates before 30th September? Just call 1300886524 or email anharvey@redcrossblood.org.au.

UNITE AND SAVE 1000 LIVES ACROSS TASMANIA:  READY….SET….GIVE!

Dementia Friendly Cafes in Clarence

Dementia friendly cafes provide the opportunity for people with dementia, their partners and carers to make new friends and learn about support services in their area over a cuppa.

Tuesdays: Czegs in Richmond - 2.30-4.00pm

Wednesdays: Moto Vecchia in Bellerive - 12.30 - 2.00pm

Tasmanian Virtual Jobs Fair

The Australian Government would like to invite your organisation to be an exhibitor at the Tasmania Virtual Jobs Fair from 9.30 am - 1.30 pm on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

As a business, attending a Jobs Fair is a great way to promote your available job opportunities directly to job seekers in your local area.

Do you have vacancies to fill? Exhibit for free at the Virtual Jobs Fair.

Jobs Fairs allow you to showcase your job opportunities and connect with enthusiastic job seekers who could be the right fit for your business. At a Jobs Fair you can also conduct interviews and hire suitable people on the day. To register an expression of interest for an upcoming Jobs Fair simply click on the event link below.

What is a Virtual Jobs Fair?

Virtual Jobs Fairs are free online events that provide an opportunity for job seekers to connect with employers and obtain information on job opportunities within their local area. Job seekers register to take part in the event and log in to browse the jobs on offer and engage in chats with employers about their vacancies. They can also participate in live and on-demand workshops.

How to register your interest as an exhibitor 

Please register your interest as an exhibitor at the following link where you will also find additional information on Virtual Jobs Fairs

https://www.employment.gov.au/JFexhibitor

Careers at Council

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. Click here for more information

Sustainable Council Events

Most events tend to generate a considerable amount of waste in a very short time.  To address this, Local Government has the ability to set parameters for events they undertake or contribute to, allowing them to include measures to foster greater resource recovery.

LGAT has developed a toolkit that is an easy to use resource for council to help reduce the amount of wast produced at council run or supported events and venues.

Click here to find out more.

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 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 access free resources and case studies.



GRANTS & FUNDING PROGRAMS

National Australia Day Grants Program

The program, delivered by the National Australia Day Council in collaboration with each state and territory, comprises:

  1. $7.5 million Australia Day 2021 COVIDsafe event grants

    These grants provide $20,000 to help make Australia Day 2021 events COVIDsafe.

    Designed to help fund additional event staff, measures to enforce social distancing, additional cleaning or practical items like hand sanitiser, they will ensure events meet the relevant state and territory COVIDsafe requirements.

    All Australia Day events are eligible for a $20,000 grant - guidelines available here.

  2. $500,000 Australia Day 2021 branding grants

All councils can download free Australia Day-branded Reflect. Respect. Celebrate. event artwork here and apply for a $1,000 grant for production. Councils can select a range of items – including banners, bunting, posters, tablecloths and napkins – best suited to their community, and use the grant to produce them locally to support local businesses and jobs.

For more information please visit australiaday.org.au.

Regional Connectivity Program

The Regional Connectivity Program will provide up to $53 million of targeted investment in ‘place-based’ telecommunications infrastructure projects which maximise economic and social opportunities in regional, rural and remote Australian communities. The RCP represents a great opportunity for Councils and other stakeholders to apply for grants, through a competitive process, to help deliver these projects.

This grant round provides an excellent opportunity to strategically plan telecommunications. How the nbn is utilised in your area is a part of the picture. If your council has an interest in this grant program and would like more information about the nbn in your area and our latest initiatives, please feel free to contact Russell Kelly for a briefing on nbn matters.

COVID-19 Business Support, Grants and Loans

Click here to access information on Tasmanian Government and Australian Government support.

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.

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.

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.

City of Hobart - Grants Program

The City of Hobart Grants Program is now welcoming applications. These include:

  • Community grant (up to $5,000)
  • Urban sustainability grant (up to $15,000)
  • Creative Hobart small grant (up to $5,000)
  • Creative Hobart medium grant ($5,000 - $15,000)
  • Event grant (up to $20,000)

Key changes to the grants include increasing the Urban sustainability grant from up to $5,000 to up to $15,000 and removing the auspicing requirement for the Creative Hobart small and Community grants.

Applicants close at 5pm on Monday 5 October. For more information and to apply online visit hobartcity.com.au/grants.

City of Hobart - Grants to help businesses adapt

Helping small businesses adapt to the changing COVID-induced business environment is the aim of a new City of Hobart grant open to small businesses located in the City of Hobart area that had experienced reduced turnover as a result of COVID-19.

For the first time, the grants will also apply to current market stallholders who trade in a market regularly operating within the City of Hobart.

Quick-response grants of up to $2000 are available to support activities like training and upskilling staff to meet new operational or safety requirements, or engaging professional marketing or IT advice or services to assist the business in connecting with customers.

A total funding pool of $100,000 is available for the current grant program. Applications are open until 30 November or until all funds are allocated.

For more information and to apply, visit hobartcity.com.au/businessgrants.

Calvary Community Council Grants

Calvary Community Council (CCC) was established by Calvary Health Care Tasmania to reach out and provide assistance to Tasmanian people in need, reflecting our Catholic social justice tradition and Calvary’s commitment to caring for marginalised and vulnerable people.

The CCC offers two statewide grant rounds per year  for not-for-profit Tasmanian organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of marginalised and vulnerable Tasmanian communities.

The CCC gives preference for organisations who are addressing identified and specific unmet, under-resourced or under-serviced health needs in the community.

The CCC gives particular attention to projects identified for

  • Marginalised and Vulnerable Groups
  • Children and Adolescents (0-18)
  • Young Adults (18-30)
  • The Elderly

For further information contact Calvary on Edward.VanGalen@calvarycare.org.au or TAS-Hobart-EA@calvarycare.org.au​

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.


CONFERENCES & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

Australian Government Virtual Jobs Fair Tasmania

The Australian Government would like to invite your organisation to be an exhibitor at the Tasmania Virtual Jobs Fair from 9.30 am - 1.30 pm on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

Virtual Jobs Fairs are free online events that provide an opportunity for job seekers to connect with employers and obtain information on job opportunities within their local area. Job seekers register to take part in the event and log in to browse the jobs on offer and engage in chats with employers about their vacancies. They can also participate in live and on-demand workshops. As a business, attending a Jobs Fair is a great way to promote your available job opportunities directly to job seekers in your local area.

Please register your interest as an exhibitor at the following link where you will also find additional information on Virtual Jobs Fairs

https://www.employment.gov.au/JFexhibitor

Once your registration is confirmed, you will be sent further information on the Virtual Jobs Fair including booth requirements.

Queensland Business Writers Conference - 100% Virtual

Annual communications conference – 100% live streamed – 28 October 2020

The Queensland Business Writers Conference is back for 2020. But this year, we’re inviting the whole country – it’s a 100% virtual training event.

This training day enables government and council writers to increase their skills and knowledge of best practice.

This year has shown how important effective communication is. It's not easy to provide clear messages in uncertain times, but it's essential that everyone gets the message.

This can be challenging in a country with a diverse population that may be isolated, elderly or multicultural, or have limited digital literacy. So we’ll focus on the skills we need to ensure everyone gets the message.

Find out more at www.lexicommunications.com.au/business-writers-conference-2020.

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 re-opened on 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 - Will be back in 2021!

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.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

JLT Public Sector has developed a unique method to provide protection solutions for Local Government. Find out more here

  • Management of self-insured funds (mutual funds) including Liability, Workers’ Compensation, Property, Crime, Councillors’ and Officers’ (C&O), Motor Vehicle and Fidelity Guarantee
  • General insurance broking and associated services for all Government-related industries
  • Risk management services, including loss adjusting and valuation
  • In-house claims management resources
  • Holistic occupational health, safety and rehabilitation services, including return to work advice and specialist in-house support.

The MAV provides a range of reliable insurance products tailored to the needs and risks of the local government sector. Find out more here

MAV Insurance is not-for-profit, and exists only to provide stability and support to its members. It was established in 1993 to provide policies to councils that couldn’t find appropriate coverage after the collapse of Municipal Mutual, and has since developed a strong history of providing stability and support to its members.

MAV Insurance offers:

  • The Liability Mutual Insurance scheme which provides public liability and indemnity insurance cover tailored to meet the specific risks and exposures faced by members
  • The Commercial Crime Fund which covers local authorities against losses from fraudulent or dishonest acts committed by an employee or third party
  • The Local Government Employees Health Plan which is a unique health insurance offer designed to provide local government and water industry employees with good value health care.
  • The MAV also supports the Community Group Insurance scheme which provides affordable insurance protection for not-for-profit clubs and community groups.
  • The MAV Insurance Board oversees MAV Insurance’s operations. Board members are appointed by the MAV Board from the insurance industry and local government

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