Can your Council afford to lose almost 40% of its professional
workforce in the next 5 years?
This is the reality facing NSW local government. When asked
about their future career intentions, 38% of LGEA Award Survey respondents
indicated they were likely to leave the industry within the next 5 years.
As concerning as statistics like this are, this is not ‘breaking
news’. It is widely known and understood that NSW local government struggles to
attract and retain key professionals - particularly younger professionals. The
industry must take action that addresses the shortage of key professional
occupations within the industry – this problem is not going to fix itself.
This was a key consideration of the LGEA when we sat down to
review the results of our Award survey and formulate our Log of Claims. We believe
that our Log of Claims contains real solutions to the problems facing the
industry. We have put together a list of claims based on member feedback that
we believe will help keep more professionals in the industry, and help attract
The renegotiation of the State Award was the subject of a
compulsory conference before Commissioner Murphy on Wednesday 28 August in the NSW
Industrial Relations Commission. The industry parties have scheduled several
dates before the Commission for compulsory conferences, where Commissioner
Murphy will assist the parties in addressing matters we may be struggling to
reach agreement on. Following the proceedings before Commissioner Murphy, the
industry parties met and agreed to a schedule of dates for negotiations, the
first of which is Monday 23 September.
Download LGEA Log of Claims