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Local Government News
1 october 2021
Issue 38

In this issue...

Supplier Group Request
WALGA has been approached by a group representing various supplier segments requesting that the sector postpone requests for tender/quote during the period of Friday, 17 December to Wednesday, 5 January, 2022.
WALGA has explained that the Association does not have a statutory or regulatory role with Local Government and that participation with the Preferred Supplier Program is voluntary.

Consequently, WALGA committed to pass on the request so to allow each Local Government to determine their operating preference, as is appropriate.
For more information, email Executive Manager, Commercial and Communications, Zac Donovan.
WALGA Family and Domestic Violence Leave Survey
WALGA is seeking feedback from WA Local Governments to inform a submission to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) on the Family and Domestic Violence Leave (FDVL) Review.
The survey closes 5:00pm, Friday, 8 October. To complete the survey, please click here.

The FWC FDVL Review focuses on the following issues:
  1. whether employees should be able to access paid personal/carer’s leave for the purpose of taking FDVL
  2. the adequacy of the unpaid FDVL entitlement, and
  3. Whether provisions should be made for paid FDVL.
Several parties (including the Australian Council of Trade Unions) have made submissions to the FDVL Review to vary modern awards to include 10 days’ paid FDVL. Currently the National Employment Standards contain an entitlement to five days’ unpaid FDVL.

Feedback from Local Government will determine the advocacy position that WALGA should take in its submission to the FWC on behalf of WA Local Governments.
For more information, email the Employee Relations Team or call 1300 366 956.
Webinar: Update on Child Safeguarding Reforms
WALGA will be holding a joint webinar with the Department of Communities and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to provide an update on the child safeguarding reforms.
Speakers of the webinar will discuss the reforms and how they will potentially impact Local Governments.

These reforms are part of the implementation of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Date:        Tuesday, 26 October  
Time:       10:30am to 11:30am
Cost:        Free
To register, please click here.
For more information, email Policy Officer, Resilient Communities, Bec Waddington or call 9213 2055.
Student Transport Assistance Policy Framework Inquiry
The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (Committee) is leading an inquiry into the current Student Transport Assistance Policy (STAP) Framework and is seeking feedback from Local Governments in WA.
The STAP framework is applicable to students receiving Western Australian State Government transport assistance under the following conditions:
  • students live in rural areas and attend mainstream government and non-government schools, or
  • students have special needs and attend education support schools and centres provided by government and non-government agencies.
General information about the inquiry is available here.

The Committee is soliciting feedback on the terms of reference and has developed specific questions relating to the STAP framework, which can be found here.
Submissions are due by Friday, 29 October and can be lodged on the Parliament of Western Australia website or by emailing the committee
Officer Training
The following courses are available in October and November:
Effective Supervision – Part 1
Wednesday & Thursday, 6 & 7 October – two-day course
Effective Supervision – Part 2
Wednesday & Thursday, 27 & 28 October – two-day course
Presenting with Confidence
Monday, 1 November
Financial Fundamentals – Budgeting
Monday & Tuesday, 8 & 9 November – two-day course
Rates in Local Government – Clerical
Thursday & Friday, 11 & 12 November – two-day course
Rates in Local Government – Debt Collection
Monday, 15 November
Register online by clicking on the above link, or email the Training Team.
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