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IN-HOUSE PROGRAMMES

LGMA Queensland offers short and extended courses that are aimed at increasing the skills and capabilities of local government officers.  As with all LGMA Queensland programmes, these workshops offer practical, hands-on learning within the local government context in order to maximise application to officers’ roles.

Sessions can be provided for an individual council at their location or, alternatively, groups can be formed from officers of neighbouring councils to reduce costs and share knowledge and experience. Topics offered are diverse and can be tailored to align with your specific policies and procedures. Programmes can run from 2 hours to 5 days, depending on the topic chosen and the desired outcomes.

In addition to the topics outlined below, LGMA Queensland can work with you to develop and tailor In-House Training Programmes to meet your requirements.

For more information please contact Lisa Hamilton on 07 3174 5005 or on email: events@lgmaqld.org.au.


CODE OF CONDUCT 

Covers the core components of a council code of conduct including bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination. The session includes:-

  • definitions of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination as well as the blatant and underlying behaviours and actions that can be perceived as inappropriate in the workplace
  • what motivates good people to behave in inappropriate ways 
  • provides specific strategies to identify and overcome biases, improve communication and change behaviours.

Throughout the session, real-life examples and scenarios from the public sector are utilised to highlight inappropriate behaviours and the potential consequences of non-compliance with the Code. 

This session is often delivered in combination with Employee Responsibilities and Ethics.

EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES & ETHICS

This is designed as an interactive workshop explaining employee obligations under the Local Government Act 2009, Public Sector Ethics Act 1994, Public Interest Disclosures Act 2010 and the Integrity Act 2009.  The session will:-

  • educate your employees on how to abide by your organisation’s ethical guidelines with every interaction and transaction  
  • learn the importance of recognising potential conflicts of interest, the need to protect organisational assets, maintain confidentiality, protect private information and data and their responsibilities on receiving gifts
  • teach employees how to mitigate legal and financial risks through local government real-life examples and ethically-challenging scenarios  
This session is often delivered in combination with Code of Conduct.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Effective communication forms the basis of successful relationships, but it involves more than just speaking or listening well. To communicate effectively, you must adapt in response to particular people and situations, and this requires a willingness to develop your self-awareness, manage assumptions and ask open and meaningful questions. This course will:-

  • equip you with skills to communicate with confidence 
  • improve your workplace relationships through an increased understanding of yourself and others
  • provide the opportunity to plan and practice having successful conversations.

REPORT TO COUNCIL

Council reports are the main avenue for staff to communicate with Council.  The high volume of reports, requires that they be concise, to the point and follow the council template.  It can be challenging to take a complex issue and express it effectively in a concise format.  In this course participants will:-

  • gain an understanding of the importance of planning information to deliver quality reports that consider an issue from all perspectives, develops trusting relationships and enables better decisions 

  • learn valuable reporting principles and how to put these into practice by composing and reviewing council reports

FORUMS

LGMA offers a range of Forums targeted to particular areas of interest within Council.  

  • generally 1-day workshops
  • network and connect with officers across the state who are undertaking similar roles
  • provide the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers, look at case studies and discuss current and emerging issues and trends
Forums are offered throughout the year by LGMA and are held in both Brisbane and regional centres.

TEAM BUILDING

One of the greatest challenges a manager/team leader has – is moving his/her team through the various team development stages.  This workshop willguide your team through:-

  • models and activities that highlight how the elements of emotional intelligence cultivate cooperation and trust
  • the stages a team goes through and the steps to take at each stage
  • how to ensure that the team has embedded the essential elements to become a high performing team
  • the role the leader plays in creating a well-integrated and high performing team

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Focused on reviewing basic group process techniques to create effective forums for dialogue. This session will include:-

  • interactive activities and practical tips to assist participants to avoid the common problems encountered in community engagement activities
  • cover selecting, using and evaluating a range of public participation activities

PROCUREMENT ESSENTIALS

Targeting officers who may have involvement in some part of the procurement chain (but are not procurement professionals), this workshop is designed to:-

  • provide information needed to stay on the right side of the law 
  • provide an understanding of basic procurement, quote, tender processes, preferred supplier, panel and evaluation and selection arrangements

MINI MANAGEMENT CHALLENGE

LGMA offers an inhouse mini management challenge designed to bring together officers from both indoor and outdoor workforce across council to work in teams to explore a range of tasks and situations, often outside of their everyday set of duties and responsibilities.  

Participants have the opportunity to:-

  • learn how to work with different people, with different experiences, knowledge and skills
  • learn about the wide range of functions and services delivered across council
  • broaden their understanding of what other people and other areas do and allow for cross functional relationships and perspectives
  • gain confidence in their ability to step outside of their usual role and explore new and/or different ways of doing tasks and approaching situations

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

LGMA offers a range of leadership development programmes targeted to the needs of each council. These programmes encourage participants to consider their own leadership style, the culture of their teams and understand the role of values and beliefs. Learn about:-

  • persuasive communication 
  • the art of effective delegation 
  • performance management tips 
  • the importance of consistency and managing expectations.

Options include:

  • A 2-day Intensive Bootcamp, exploring aspects of leading and managing teams;
  • A 3-day programme that includes a 2-day introductory forum plus a further workshop a month later – this format provides participants with the opportunity to practice and reflect on the skills and strategies covered in the first two days.
  • A 5-day programme includes a 2-day introductory forum plus 3 further 1-day workshops spaced a month apart – this format builds significant leadership skills and provides an opportunity to learn and embed the tools and strategies in the workplace.

Additional options for the 3 and 5-day programme formats include participant 360-degree feedback surveys and coaching sessions to support individual learnings and growth.


CONTACT US

TELEPHONE I [07] 3174 5006

EMAIL I admin@lgmaqld.org.au

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Brisbane Qld 4000

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