Webinar Series

This is a five part series: 

- Part 1: Thursday 30th September - Identifying Risk in Councils
- Part 2: Friday 15th October – Moving from “doing risk management” to managing risk
- Part 3: Friday 29th October – The importance of assurance and audit in the management of risk
- Part 4: Friday 10th December – Managing project risk in LG
- Part 5: Friday 17th December – Q&A/Open Forum

Online: Zoom details emailed the day prior each part registered for. For personal use only and must not be distributed.
Members: Free
Non Members: $30 for each part. Find out more about our WebinarHQ membership, which would be a great financial option if you're looking at attending the whole series.
Webinar Stream: The Risky Suite
Please note: this series is composed of 5 individual webinars, built to be stacked in chronological order to maximize learning and takeaways. Registration is require for each webinar you wish to attend.

This lunchtime webinar series learning opportunity will cover:
This session will cover the fundamentals of managing risk in the local government sector, from the identification of risk through to aligning Council’s assurance and audit program to Council’s critical controls.
The session will be presented over 5 webinars, with the final webinar an open forum to answer any questions participants may have in relation to managing risk in local government.

What attendees will leave with:
  • Part 1: Attendees will leave with an understanding of the risks that exist in Council and how to describe them
  • Part 2: Attendees will leave with an understanding of:
  • how important controls are to the management of risk.
    the relationship between control effectiveness and the level of risk. 
    how to identify critical controls 
  • Part 3: Attendees will leave with an understanding of and how to align the assurance and audit program to the control environment.
  • Part 4: Attendees will leave with an understanding of the unique aspects of managing risk in projects.
  • Part 5: This is an open forum to cover any issues participants may wish to discuss.

Who should attend?
Council risk managers, safety managers, audit and assurance personnel, project managers

About the Presenter:
Rod is an accomplished risk consultant with extensive experience in the delivery of professional consultancy services to the local government sector.
Rod's Risk Management expertise is highly sought after as is the insight he provides in his risk management training and workshop facilitation. Rod was recognised by the Risk Management Institution of Australia as the 2016 Risk Consultant of the Year and one of the first five Certified Chief Risk Officers in Australasia.

Rod is the Principal of Paladin Risk Management Services, a Canberra-based specialist risk management consultancy business that has been in business since 2007. Rod established the Paladin Risk Management Training Academy in 2013 with the intent of passing on his knowledge to those working in, or who have a desire to work in, the risk management industry.

Friday 1 October, 12 - 1pm

Online: Zoom details emailed the day prior. For personal use only and must not be distributed.
Members: Free
Non Members: $30
Webinar Stream: The Risky Suite

This lunchtime webinar learning opportunity will cover:
The session will look at the increasing complexities associated with managing digital information, including the quantum and type of data, dark data and information sprawl. It will also attempt to unravel the complex internal information structures existing within local councils and the systems required to support this structure. It will review obstacles to efficient internal data access and explore opportunities to increase efficiencies and improve information availability.

This will include case studies looking at two councils and the innovative approaches they have adopted to improve information access.

The session will be of interest to anyone struggling with managing and accessing digital data. This will include information managers, records managers, governance personnel, legal and senior management.

The attendees will leave with a better understanding of the problems that exist, why they are in this position and steps that can be taken to improve information access.

About your Presenter:
Mike Preedy has worked in the local government sector for more than 25 years, having previously been CEO of iPLATINUM, general manager at TechnologyOne and managing director of Civica. Over this time, through close and ongoing involvement with a diverse range of councils Mike has developed a comprehensive understanding of the strategies and capabilities necessary for information technology to deliver optimal outcomes for the local government sector.

A degree in surveying complemented by business management are the foundations for Mike’s career, early milestones of which were management positions with organisations such as Oracle and Genasys Systems. Leading iPLATINUM for its first seven years, his customer-centric approach and experience in projects, people, budgets and coordinating resources are well known to many councils. He has a keen customer focus and with his return to iPLATINUM he is further building on his skills to grow businesses and to provide process efficiencies for customers through the deployment of technology.

Thursday 7 October, 12 - 1pm

Online: Zoom details emailed the day prior. For personal use only and must not be distributed
Members: FREE
Non Members: $30
Webinar Stream: New Democracy, The Risky Suite

This lunchtime webinar learning opportunity will cover:
With COVID-19 circulating the community, Councils now need to consider whether, and under what circumstances, it would be appropriate for them to require staff, volunteers and contractors to be vaccinated in order to attend for work.  While Health Directions have been issued in relation to vaccination for residential aged care workers, there has been limited instruction as to vaccination in the local government sector.  However, that does not mean that a Council cannot make the decision that its workers, or some of its workers, need to be vaccinated in order to safely do their jobs.

This webinar will give attendees an understanding of:

the circumstances in which it is legal for a Council to require workers to be vaccinated;
the employment, discrimination and occupational health and safety considerations of mandating vaccines;
how to effectively and fairly implement a mandatory vaccination requirement; and
how to deal appropriately with unvaccinated staff.

Who should attend?
The webinar is aimed at the senior leadership level and People & Culture/Human Resources staff.

About your Presenter:
Anthony has been practising for 18 years in workplace relations, discrimination and safety matters. He has been recognised since 2014 by Best Lawyers for expertise in Occupational Health and Safety Law, and he has extensive experience in the local government sector. He has contributed to articles in The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Courier Mail and the Law Institute Journal, and has been heavily involved in advising employers on safety in the context of the pandemic, and more recently on vaccination requirements.

Friday 8 October, 12 - 1pm
Online: Zoom details emailed the day prior. For personal use only and must not be distributed.
Members: Free
Non Members: $30
Webinar Stream: Leadership Springboard

This lunchtime webinar learning opportunity will cover:
Do you ever wonder why human relationships can be both puzzling and confusing, or enjoyable and rewarding? At times are you surprised by your own reactions and the reactions of those around you? And have you noticed that sometimes apparently little things appear to have a big effect, and perhaps not what was intended. Why is this?

In this session we will consider the neuroscience of social interaction and learn about a simple model that helps explain how simple actions and comments can trigger negative defensive or positive responses in people. Using the model, we will consider options to help create greater social engagement and openness.

By attending this session, you can expect to gain:
1. Deeper self-awareness of personal ‘threat’ and ‘reward’ situations
2. Practical ways to reduce potential or perceived ‘threat’ triggers and enhance ‘reward’ triggers in social interactions
3. Access to an online self-assessment

This session is suitable for anyone who is interested in gaining greater insight into the people side of organisational life, and life in general.

About your Presenter:
Neil Middleton - I’m fascinated by how we interact, relate and work (or not) together. That has led to a career of over 30 years in people and organisation development, working around the world with all kinds of people in all kinds of places. I run a consultancy, Because Pty Ltd, specialising in enriching people and teams as the heart of thriving and responsible organisations. 

I work with local and state government and corporate clients, helping them build capability to achieve what is important to them, their communities and stakeholders. Previously I’ve had roles with Melbourne Business School, BHP, Levi Strauss & Co., where I’ve been responsible for leadership development, leading change, inter-cultural and diversity programs and team effectiveness development. 

Being fascinated in how we work I’m qualified in many psychometric instruments including The Leadership Circle, MBTI, FIRO, Emotional Intelligence profiles and the iREAP™ engagement measure. I have qualifications in Management Development and Organisational Change (MSc) and Occupational Psychology (BSc).

Friday 5 November, 12 - 1pm

Online: Zoom details emailed the day prior. For personal use only and must not be distributed
Members: Free
Non Members: $30
Webinar Stream: New Democracy

This lunchtime webinar opportunity will cover:
Overview of the Put Her Name on It Campaign journey
Why public place recognition equality?
The public place recognition current state from global to local
The role of LG in creating public place recognition equality. 
The 5-step approach LGA can adopt to plan for and create public place recognition equality. 
Sharing of local government case studies – Bass Coast, City of Melbourne. 

Attendees will walk away with:
An understanding of the public place recognition current state
An understanding of the role of LG in creating public place recognition equality 
The 5 steps LGA can take to plan for and create public place recognition equality. 

Who should attend?

Place naming - responsible officers, committee members, executive/managers where place naming responsibilities sit.
Gender Equality – responsible officers, gender impact assessments leads or GE Act responsible officers 
Diversity & Inclusion – officers
Officers responsible for new developments, sports facilities, property management, archives, cultural diversity, etc.
Other interested staff members

About the Presenter:
Kerry is a transformative public sector and community leader creating environments that foster access, equity, sustainability and participation for more than 25 years. 
Physical activity and gender equality are Kerry’s key focus areas and driving systemic change in government and public place naming and recognition are high priorities.  
Being an averred traveller has helped shape her appreciation of the impact our environment, public places and attitudes have on our wellbeing which is central to her approach. 
Kerry is highly strategic, collaborative, energetic and well networked and is known for her tenacity to drive organisational excellence, positive and enduring outcomes and ‘make things happen’.   

She has led large scale, longer term, multi-dimensional policy and planning across portfolios such as physical activity, gender equity and prevention of violence against women, environmental sustainability, engagement, health and wellbeing and active transport.  Her change management and business transformation experience together with driving the development of high performing teams and culture have been instrumental to her achievements.

Kerry is a freelance consultant, board director and volunteer. She is a founding member of Women in Gippsland, cofounder the Put Her Name On It Campaign and previously cofounder of the Advertising (in)Equality project (shEqual). 

Upcoming Webinars

22 October - Unconscious Bias with Laura Frazer from FT Executive

What topics would you like to explore in 2021?
Let us know by emailing [email protected]

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The Webinar Series is FREE for all Members, or accessible with a fee for Non Members.

Not yet a Member? You can become an LGPro Member to access free Webinar registration among other exclusive benefits. We have a few Membership Packages for you to choose from: Young Professional Member , Professional Member, Fellow Member or WebinarHQ Member .

Please note, these webinars are open to registration for employed Victorian Local Government sector staff only.

Registrants will receive a zoom link which is for personal use only and is not to be shared with others. Please note, shared zoom links will be charged.

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COVID-19 – Should Councils mandate vaccination for staff?

When: October 7, 2021
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When: October 8, 2021
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Moving from "doing risk management" to managing risk

When: October 15, 2021
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The importance of assurance and audit in the management of risk

When: October 29, 2021
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When: November 5, 2021

Webinar Streams

  • The Risky Suite - how prepared are you for disruption, analysing services and building relationships with every segment in your community.
  • New Democracy - unpacking community engagement, accountability and transparency.
  • Tear Down The Walls - reduce barriers to collaborative council practice and external stakeholders and sectors.
  • Leadership Springboard - fine tune and propel your skills when managing up, down and from the center.
  • Without Borders - peer over the municipality fence and dive into what other LGA's are doing around the globe.
  • Trailblazer - challenge the norm, stretch your innovative mindset and be prepared for future workforce and community expectations.
  • Power Up - build and master your essentials toolbox, increasing your productivity and work quality.
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