LEADING PROFESSIONALS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
MANAGERS AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND
About the Awards
Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) is an association of managers and aspiring managers in local government. LGMA is committed to the development and improvement of local government management in Queensland. We are also committed to maintaining high professional and ethical standards throughout the profession ensuring that our members are at the forefront of innovation and change.
Our guiding principle is to lead, represent and support Queensland local government officers in their roles and be a key participant in the management and enhancement of local government in Queensland through advocacy and lobbying; professional and personal development; networking and information exchange and research and policy development. Council subscribers of LGMA Queensland may nominate projects for the Awards for Excellence.
The Awards for Excellence are presented at the Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner. Each award category winner will receive a certificate and trophy along with recognition in the Awards magazine.
The Nominations for Awards for Excellence 2020 will open Monday 2 December 2019 and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020.
The Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday 28 May 2020 in Brisbane.
The categories are designed to be flexible – recognising that local government is at the forefront of innovation and operates in a rapidly changing environment. Categories are not intended to be limited to, or represent, particular areas of local government activity, and are applicable to activities across the whole of local government.
This project or initiative involved genuine collaboration with multiple parties (internal and external to council) in order to implement more effective service delivery models for the benefit of the organisations and the community. This may have been through an informal agreement or a more formal legal structure.
This project or initiative has influenced community behaviour and practice. It has educated and informed community opinion leading to sustainable, positive changes in the community. There is clear evidence of its success in enhancing community wellbeing, understanding and awareness and in engendering behaviour change.
'DOING MORE WITH LESS'
This award category recognises projects or initiatives of Category 1 councils that showcase the philosophy of ‘doing more with less’. Lateral thinking, creativity, increased productivity and simplicity are the drivers of this successful project or initiative that is an aspirational model for other smaller councils.
This project or initiative has adopted a new and different approach, leading to improved (or new) service delivery and/or performance. This initiative is cutting-edge and has probably not been seen in Queensland councils before, certainly not in this format.
This project or initiative has enhanced the long-term sustainability of council and/or the community. It may be through more sustainable use of human, financial and other resources or it may be related to environmental sustainability.
This team is an internal council team or a team involving multiple areas of council. The manner in which it has utilised resources, collaborated and communicated proves the adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It has contributed, in a measurable way, to enhanced service delivery within or external to council.
Workplace health and wellbeing programmes have real potential to positively influence the health of councils’ workforce whilst making good business sense through increasing employee engagement and team cohesiveness and leading to reduced absenteeism and increased productivity in the long-term. This project or initiative demonstrates evidence of fostering healthy workplace policies and supportive environments that promote healthy lifestyles that enhance positive social conditions.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
This individual has gone ‘above and beyond’ their stated duties to deliver added service to their community or council. This will be work for which they have not received additional remuneration and is most likely self-generated, showing genuine initiative for the benefit of the organisation and, ultimately, its customers.
A nomination form must be completed and submitted with each submission. An entry fee of $250 is applicable to each nomination. A tax invoice will be issued upon receipt of the nomination.
• Council subscribers of LGMA Queensland may nominate projects for the LGMA Queensland Awards for Excellence.
• They may submit numerous projects.
• Multiple nominations are permitted in all categories.
• A project or initiative may be nominated in up to two (2) categories and each will be treated as a separate nomination.
• If nominating a project in more than one category, nominators should ensure the nomination is tailored to address the category requirements.
Please access the Nomination documents here:
• Nomination Guidelines
• Award Nomination Form
The Awards for Excellence are proudly supported by:
EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION
Winner of the Innovation Award 2019 - the Sunshine Coast Council for their project Making Governance Innovative.
'DOING MORE WITH LESS' AWARD
The winner of the 2019 'Doing More with Less' Award is Quilpie Shire Council for their NDIS Community Assistance Scheme project.
This team is an internal council team or a team involving multiple areas of council. The way it has utilised resources, collaborated and communicated proves the adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The 2019 Teamwork Award winner is Tableland Regional Council for their project: Treatment Operations Team.
Noosa Council is the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Collaboration Award with their project: Collaboration for Koalas.
COMMUNITY SHAPING AWARD
Logan City Council are the winners of the 2019 Excellence in Community Shaping Award for their engaging and collaborative initiative Speaking their language – building disaster resilience.
WORKPLACE WELLBEING AWARDThis year, Mackay Regional Council are the winners of the Excellence in Workplace Wellbeing Award with their initiative MRC Workplace Wellbeing.
With strong performance in securing employee safety through a traditional workplace health and safety focus, Mackay City Council recognised a need to do more in the emerging areas of financial, social, mental and physical health. Creating a dedicated strategy, the project has allowed employees to engage with the elements relevant to them, including initiatives such as free physical health checks, flu vaccinations, domestic violence support, mental health support and mental health first aid training. The success to date has led to increased support and financial health initiatives will be next in line to be delivered. Also recognised in this category as a finalist is Western Downs Regional Council for the WorkVibe initiative.
ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD
This year, the winner of this award is Nicholas Sabatino, Manager of Utilities at Torres Shire Council, for his efforts in introducing water filtration into the shire.
Congratulations to Nicholas for going Above and Beyond for his Council and community
2019 Australasian Management Challenge
An integral part of the Awards for Excellence each year is the highly anticipated announcement of the Queensland winner and finalists for the Australasian Management Challenge. A highly contested annual event that invokes teamwork and competition, councils complete a range of tasks under tight deadlines while exhibiting creativity, productivity and skill development whilst expanding teams’ capabilities. This program builds an understanding of relevant issues facing local governments through practical, experiential learning in a ‘safe’ environment.
Everyone who participates in the Challenge – from experienced managers to emerging leaders, comes away with new and practical insights into excellence in leadership and management. This year the Challenge included 17 teams and was hosted at the Queensland Law Society in Brisbane across two days. The Challenge featured tasks such as report writing, project management plans and report writing.
The winning team for the 2019 Australasian Management Challenge is Cairns Regional Council - 100% Humidity
Second place was award to Brisbane City Council's - Hydra
Third place went to Brisbane City Council's