Annual Report 2007-2008 Department of Business Economic and Regional Development
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63 Annual Report 2007-08 Under the new personal development program greater emphasis has been placed on individual and organisational learning needs and skills development, and the program allows for better data collection on the learning needs of employees. This data will be useful in planning the training requirements within the Department. Indigenous Career Development The Department is committed to Indigenous Career Development and has provided placement opportunities for two employees from other agencies. The placements have focused on developing business and project skills, while encouraging and supporting the officers to identify appropriate placements across the NTPS to fully develop their skills and career options. The Department continues to support the Kigaruk or Lookrunkin programs and has been actively involved in a mentoring program for Indigenous officers. The Departments commitment has also seen an emphasis on Indigenous employment and career development through the apprenticeship program. Occupational Health and Safety The Department is committed to the health, safety and welfare of its employees and has a well established Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Committee which meets regularly. The OH&S Committee has continued to review a range of OH&S guidelines and completed OH&S committee training. Additional training was offered in manual handling, hazard identification, assessment and control. Committee members are now undertaking OH&S audit inspections. The OH&S Committee has been active in promoting and educating employees on OH&S practices through regular input into Departmental newsletters and active promotion through posters, signage and competitions. The Cyclone Planning Committee was formed for the year. The Committee reviewed and updated cyclone procedures at the commencement of the cyclone season, and in 2008 saw the need to implement these procedures, which were then reviewed at the conclusion of the season. O ur People