Workshops

Specialist Workshops on Wednesday 20 February

Kicking off with lunch at 12:30pm, before workshops commence at 1pm sharp.
Workshop 1 - ENGAGING ON THE BIG, DIFFICULT STUFF!

This interactive session is all about exploring how we can tackle community engagement for substantial, complex and potentially controversial issues. Drawing on his experience co-designing and facilitating processes such as the NDIS Pilot Review, Liveable Yarra, St Kilda Triangle Collaborative Brief development, Infrastructure Victoria’s 30 year priorities and many other projects, Max Hardy will both provide some ideas, stories and principles, as well as facilitating this workshop.

During the session, you will gain insights into framing issues for engagement and how to build support for the process to ensure value for your effort. Areas covered will include how to adapt deliberative processes, use technology to make co-design meaningful and the most effective ways to engage with your community.

Facilitator: Max Hardy
Case studies presented by Ann Telford - North East Water, Andrew Howard, Department of Premier and Cabinet discussing ‘Pick my Project’, Robyn Mansfield ex Yarra Ranges Executive Officer and Anthony Boxshall, ex EPA.
Target groups: Anyone who has community engagement as part of their role
 
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Workshop 2 - INTEGRATED SERVICE DELIVERY CAN’T BE PROVIDED ON YOUR OWN

Collaboration is key to integrated service delivery and great collaboration is key to innovation and great outcomes. In this workshop three Council case studies will be examined to better understand the value of collaboration, the barriers that need to be overcome and the planning and preparation required to make it successful. You will also hear from the representatives of organisations that don’t usually work closely with Local Government about their experience of collaboration.

Facilitator: Toni Jones, Partner KPMG Enterprise and KPMG lead for Local Government
Guest presenters: Liana Thompson, Director, Partnerships, Planning and Engagement, Whittlesea City Council; Cameron Gray, Director Innovation and Organisational Improvement, Ballarat City Council; and Pieta Bucello, Healthy & Communities Coordinator and Petrina Dodds Buckley, Social and Community Planning Unit Manager, Cardinia Shire Council.
Target groups: Anyone interested in collaborative approaches to service development and service delivery.

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Workshop 3 - COUNCILS UNDERTAKING SOCIAL ADVOCACY; RIGHT OR WRONG, WHAT’S YOUR ROLE

Councils often undertake social advocacy and their right to do so is not in dispute; nor is the obligation of officers to implement Council decisions whether they agree with them or not. Using Council case studies, this workshop will delve into the officer role, what was involved in implementing these positions, the impact on staff and the community and what was learnt. Delegates will also gain insights about how best to plan, prepare and manage the vital strategic communications components in these situations.

Guest presenters: Cathy Henderson, General Manager Community, Darebin City Council, Lucas Gosling, Director, Community Wellbeing, City of Yarra and Tony Nicholls, Director Good Talent Media, and a former journalist who held roles over the last ten years with the ABC, SBS and Network Ten.
Target groups: People working in Governance, Communications, Advocacy, Consultation and Research and Community Development.
Workshop 4 - CULTURAL COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATIONS

Creativity and collaboration have the power to transform by enriching people’s lives, strengthening community connections, increasing economic possibilities and providing opportunities for greater access and inclusion for everyone.

This workshop will feature three exciting case studies that have transformed towns under the Small Town Transformation Project. Presenters will share the preparation and the process they used, the importance of partnerships in their respective projects and the positive outcomes and change they created.  

Facilitators: Joe Toohey, CEO and Graeme Coffey, Small Town Transformations Project Manager, Regional Arts Victoria
Target groups: Staff working at all levels in Economic Development & Tourism, Arts & Culture, Community Development and Events
Workshop 5 - FROM ONE LEADER TO ANOTHER: HOW TO EFFECTIVELY LAND AND DRIVE A NEW LEADERSHIP ROLE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Local Government has changed to become a fast paced, dynamic environment with the availability of leadership roles constantly on the rise. This workshop offers the chance to learn from experts and explore career opportunities and how to secure those formal leadership roles. A panel of established and recently appointed CEOs, Directors, Managers and HR Managers from the sector will share their insights.

Facilitator: Noelene Duff, CEO, Whitehorse City Council.
Panellists: Glenn Patterson, CEO, Casey Council, Shivaun Brown, Director Community Engagement, Murrindindi Shire, Joseph Tabacco, Director Engagement & Partnerships, Moreland City Council and Mary-Anne Palatsides, Executive Manager People & Culture, Glen Eira City Council;  and Nick Kelly, Manager - Executive Search & Selection at McArthur.
Target groups: Graduates of Emerging Leaders Program, LGPro Ignite Program, Young Professionals Network and anyone looking to enhance their career opportunities.

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Workshop 6 - WORKPLACE AND WORKPLACE PRACTICE: WHAT ARE THE FACTS?

We have recently seen a strong move to open floor planning for Council offices with claims of increased collaboration and productivity. Along with this we are also seeing greater emphasis on flexible work arrangements incorporating use of technology to minimise restrictions of work at particular times in particular places, as well as changes in teams and reporting arrangements. In this session, a team of presenters will discuss what evidence there is to support claims of greater productivity and collaboration in open floor offices and do flexible work arrangements add to our wellbeing and make us better equipped to adapt to an ever changing landscape.

Guest presenters: Sheena Frost, Director Corporate Services and Caz McLean, Acting Manager Digital & Data, Casey City Council; Meredith Bowden, Strategic Foresight Practitioner with FuturesPlanner and NDIS Leadership Coach with Star Health; and Alex Purdon, a Senior Interior Designer with Cox Architecture who has worked in people-focused design in the education and workplace design sectors for nearly 10 years.
Target groups: People working in HR, L&D Organisational Development, Corporate Services and OH&S
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