Tasmania’s councils employ over 4000 people in 155 different occupations, across all of Tasmania’s cities, regions and major islands. The diverse array of roles and skills required includes engineers, planners, construction staff, accountants, environmental health officers, customer service and many more.
The Tasmanian Local Government workforce is predominantly full time (63%) with 20% part time and 17% casual employees. Stability in employment is consistent, with less than 5% variation in total workforce since 2011/2012 and Tasmanian councils have a lower rate of unplanned employee turnover of 7.1% comparted to 8.3% nationally. Local government is also seeing an increase in qualified workers with 37.9% holding a Diploma or higher-level qualification in 2016 compared to 28.4% in 2006.
Challenges facing the Local Government workforce include an ongoing decline in representation of employees under 30 years of age, a significant decline in apprentices and trainees and 69% of councils experiencing skill shortages and 50% experiencing skills gaps.
LGAT has a long history of supporting councils with human resources and workforce planning matters and this is a continued area of work for us.
How LGAT is working for our Members
Careers at Council – National Local Government Careers Website
LGAT has supported and contributed to the national collaboration between Local Government Associations, led by our partners at Local Government New South Wales, to develop a National Local Government Careers website, Careers at Council. Visit careersatcouncil.com.au for further information.
Careers at Council features information and stories about the diversity of careers in Local Government and connects candidates to jobs in councils across Australia. It has been developed by the State and Territory Local Government Associations to promote employment in councils.
LGAT commissioned the Workplace Behaviour Toolkit, a comprehensive suite of policies, procedures, advisory documents and other resources for councils to support smooth functioning of workplaces and support issue resolution. The full suite can be accessed by member councils at the LGAT Extranet.
LGAT negotiated a HR Helpdesk service for councils to get quick expert advice for their HR problems. For full details and to access the HR Helpdesk, please head over to the LGAT Extranet .
At the onset of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, LGAT supported Tasmania’s councils with timely and up-to-date information, resources and advice and information sessions from human resources experts. LGAT also facilitated collaboration and information-sharing between councils, as well as providing a central point of contact and flow of information to and from the Tasmanian Government during the pandemic. Please head over to the members-only LGAT Extranet to access these resources or to join our HR collaboration forum.
Workforce Planning Guidelines for Local Government in Tasmania
In 2016, LGAT worked in partnership with Burnie City, Circular Head and Waratah-Wynyard Councils to develop the Workforce Planning Guidelines for Local Government in Tasmania. The Guidelines were developed to support Tasmanian councils’ understanding of the benefits of workforce planning and build capacity to better plan for a changing workforce.
More information and to access to the Workforce Planning Guidelines is available on the LGAT Extranet.
Local Government Workforce Future Skills Report Tasmania
LGAT worked in collaboration with Local Government Associations from across Australia to survey councils to assess and identify the current and emerging skill needs of Local Government. This information was used to develop the Local Government Workforce Future Skills Report Tasmania. The Report found that 69% of councils were experiencing a skill shortage and 50% were experiencing skills gaps, with Engineers, Town Planners, Environmental Health Officers and Building Surveyors being the top four areas of skills shortage.
LGAT is currently supporting work to understand and address the shortage of Environmental Health Officers in collaboration with the Department of Health, Environmental Protection Authority, the University of Tasmania, and Environmental Health Australia, Tasmania