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Barkly Regional Council annual report 2018-2019



Barkly Regional Council annual report 2018-2019

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Annual report 2018-2019


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Barkly Regional Council

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Tennant Creek


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2018 - 2019

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Barkly Shire Council annual report

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Key Highlights: An Indigenous Development Plan was completed and appended to BRCs Workforce Development Plan which was received and endorsed by the Council. Domestic and Family Violence program commenced with series of awareness workshops and the establishment of a Working Group which will contribute to recommendations on organisational policies and processes towards minimising the occurrence of violence and its impact on the workplace, and in the development of strategies and measures offering employee assistance and support. Bachelor of Natural Science: Scott Spurling commenced and is continuing the degree course through Western Sydney University. Course fees, travel and accommodation are covered by the NTG Department of Health. Apprentice Mechanic: Thomas Leader commenced 2nd year of training in 2019 with CDU. Junior clerks in the Finance Department commenced a Certificate 3 in Accounts Administration through Charles Darwin University. Safety Hub: Toolbox resources for in-house WHS training and awareness were rolled out through InfoXpert for Municipal and Community Services staff in Tennant Creek in June 2019. The resources are being trialled for 12 months. Meeting the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Challenge: Recognising the ongoing need for BRCs Core Skills program and the role it plays in the mentoring and development of staff, the Council approved the allocation of funds for its continuation. In 2014, BRCs Learning and Development Coordinator conducted a staff survey to identify training and development needs, which included Literacy and Numeracy assessments. Results of the survey indicated that: about 90 per cent of Indigenous staff performed at Pre-Level 1 in at least one of three Core Skill Areas (Reading, Writing and Numeracy), as per the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF); and the majority of Indigenous staff on communities recognised the need for and requested LLN training and support. The low LLN levels of the workforce are due to a range of factors, the most prominent being that English is the second or third language of many of the employees. Adding the factors of extreme remote community living and education opportunities to the mix, produces a workforce excluded from opportunities for advancement or full life/workplace participation. It was recognised by BRC that Literacy and Numeracy training and support was fundamental to any workplace development, and to improving employee retention. BRCs Language, Literacy and Numeracy program was piloted in Ampilatwatja in 2014. Over the years, the program, designed and implemented by Central Desert Training with close and regular consultation with staff and supervisors, has been embedded into the workplace as the Core Skills training program. The objective of the program is to support remote Indigenous staff to meet the professional requirements of the workplace, while also addressing barriers to successful long-term employment. Learning & Development 28 2018 - 2019 Annual Report