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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.

2020 Councils Blood Challenge - thank you and last push!

The 2020 Councils Blood Challenge saw Councils across Tasmania saving a total of 804 lives.

Thank you from Lifeblood! For a full tally list see the Councils Challenge 2020.

We want to recognise some fantastic life-saving efforts in the following categories:

Highest Number of Donations – City of Hobart

Highest Year-on-Year Growth – Kingborough Council

Our challenge within the Challenge – we only need 50 more donations!

Our challenge within the Challenge to Councils across Tasmania was to save 1000 lives by 30th September. If Councils across Tasmania could together make just 50 more donations by 31st December this could be achieved!

Make your appointment today by going to donateblood.com.au, 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).


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.

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

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.

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.


Safer Rural Roads Program

The Safer Rural Roads Program is a $10 million five year program, that forms a key component of the Making our Rural Roads Safer theme of the Towards Zero - Tasmania Road Safety Action Plan 2020-24. Submissions are now being sought for funding for the 2020-21 financial year.

The program provides funding for low-cost, corridor-based, infrastructure treatments to improve road safety on rural, non-State-Government-owned roads. Treatments include improved delineation – line markings, guide posts and curve warning treatments. Also the installation of safety barriers, road-side hazard removal and limited shoulder sealing.

Information about the Safer Rural Roads Program as well as the program guidelines and application form can be found on the program webpage:  https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/road_safety_and_rules/grants_programs/safer_rural_roads_program

A free interactive webinar has been developed to provide information to Councils and relevant stakeholders about the Safer Rural Roads Program. The webinar will cover important information about the requirements of the program, the application process and key points to successfully securing funding. Relevant staff are encouraged to participate and can register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/srrp-guidelines-application-20th-or-21st-october-2020-registration-122917961933

To discuss any questions, aspects of the program or process please phone  (03) 6165 5257 or  e-mail at Vulnerable.Road.User.Program@stategrowth.tas.gov.au. Submissions close Friday 6 November 2020.

Tasmanian Weeds Action Fund

Applications are now open for the next round of the Tasmanian Weeds Action Fund

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to farmers, community organisations, land managers, industry and other entities to undertake best practice, long-term and effective actions on priority weeds.

This is a competitive small grants round with a total of $200,000 available for distribution.  Another grant round for larger, more complex weed projects will be released later in the 2020/21 financial year.

Eligible activities include on-ground management of weeds, weed education and extension activities, and critical weed management planning to underpin the effective management of priority weeds.

Priority will be given to applications that propose a strategic and targeted approach to tackling priority weeds and demonstrate co-investment through funds or in-kind support.

Please visit www.nrmnorth.org.au to read more, download the guidelines, application form and priority weed list.

Applications close 11 pm, Sunday, 1 November 2020.

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 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.


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

LGAT One Day Conference "Reconnection"

3 December, Wrest Point

Our Program includes guest speakers, networking opportunities, small exhibition and One Day Conference Dinner


Registrations are now open for the LGAT One Day Conference. Registrations are limited to ensure that we comply with current COVID-19 restrictions, so we advise you to secure your place quickly.

Tickets can be purchased on Local Tickets with two options:

  • Full Day Conference Registrations with Conference Dinner  (including General Meeting) - $395 inc GST
  • Full Day Conference Registrations without Dinner (including General Meeting) - $275 inc GST

Registrations and payment can be made online at Local Tickets here

TASSIC Spatial Information and Data Analysis Forum 2020

TASSIC is hosting a Spatial Information and Data Analysis Supporting Regional Development Forum on 25 November which this year will be entirely online and free of charge for all to attend.

Registration is open!

The program includes:

  • Regional Development Challenges by Darryl Connolly, Cradle Coast Authority
  • Local Government use of Big Data for Economic Recovery by Erin McGoldrick, Glenorchy City Council
  • 3D Digital Twin and Economic Development - Case Study from Western Sydney by Wayne Patterson, Spatial Services NSW
  • A Discussion Session moderated by Craig Perkins, Regional Development Australia

You can find more information and register at either: TASSIC website or SSSI website.

Heritage Professional Development for Local Government

The Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) at the University of Melbourne professional development short courses:

The ACAHUCH Melbourne MicroCerts series is designed for professionals of diverse backgrounds seeking to expand their applied skills in Urban and Cultural Heritage.

Our four online short courses draw upon the world-leading research, teaching and industry expertise within ACAHUCH.

Statutory Heritage (Inaugural Delivery: November 2020)

An ideal introduction to urban and cultural heritage practice, statutory heritage schemes, and the key players in the field.

Introduction to Values-Based Heritage (Inaugural Delivery: early 2021)

Learn about cultural heritage values, the Burra Charter and established approaches to managing heritage places.

New Approaches for Heritage Significance (Inaugural Delivery: early 2021)

Explore new ways of approaching and assessing the cultural significance and diverse values of heritage places.

New Tools for Documenting Heritage Fabric (Inaugural Delivery: mid-2021)

Discover the new technologies changing the ways that historic buildings, structures and materials are documented.

Business Tasmania Getting Ready for Grants Workshops

We thought you might be interested to hear about a new series of workshops being delivered state wide by Business Tasmania – Getting Grant Ready.

This 1.5 hour workshop is an introduction to grant writing and covers:

  • the Tasmanian Government’s business grants writing handbook
  • how to find grants you're eligible for
  • what's involved in putting together an application
  • how to make your application stand out

This first series is being delivered in the following locations. Bookings are essential, please click on the links to register:



Workshop time

Location and booking link




5:30 - 7:00


Huonville Library



5:45 - 7:15


The Tailrace Centre



12:30 - 2:00


Westbury Recreation Ground



5:45 - 7:15

George Town

George Town Memorial Hall



5:45 - 7:15


Salamanca Inn



5:45 - 7:15


Kingston Library



5:45 - 7:15


Tall Timbers Hotel



12:00 - 1:30


Ulverstone Sports and Leisure Centre



5:30 - 7:00


Scottsdale Library



12:00 - 1:30

St Helens

Panorama Hotel



5:45 - 7:15


South East Trade Centre



5:45 - 7:15


Study Hub West Coast

More session will be held across the state during November, keep an eye on the Business Tasmania Event Calendar.

For further information contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026, or email ask@business.tas.gov.au

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.

Tasmanian Training Consortium

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.


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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