Tuesday 9 June 2015
Independent consultants, PWC and Local Government Professionals NSW, have recently released the NSW Local Government Operational and Management Effectiveness Report for the 2013/14 financial year.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s General Manager, Leanne Barnes, said the report is the second of three annual reports designed for a tracking Local Government performance over the research period.
“This is a report intended to give participating councils meaningful comparisons that focus on operational and management performance,” she said.
“It’s a tool that allows us to track our performance year-on-year and with the 78 NSW councils that participated in the program.
“We are using the three reports to highlight areas where we are performing well but also to take a closer look at the things we can be doing better.
“It’s encouraging to note that we are performing well and improving across many areas such as a 5 per cent increase in staff numbers linked to a 4 per cent decline in employee costs on the previous year.
“This is the result of a well thought workforce strategy that considers the importance of recruiting trainees and cadets when long serving staff decide to leave. A subsequent increase in Generation Y employees is shown in the report as we work towards balancing the age demographic within Council’s workforce.
“Other positive findings show the results of a commitment to improving Work Health Safety with lost time injury days per 100 employees decreasing from 72 in round one to only 10 in this latest report, which places us significantly below the state average.
“Our percentage of on-track Key Performance Indicators remains at 100 per cent, with the state average coming in much lower at 70 per cent.
“We remain conscious of continuing our efforts to improve, and the report identifies more work is needed in a number of areas, such as boosting the percentage of Operation Plan actions that are achieved.
“Overall, however, this is a very positive report that vindicates recent Independent Local Government Review Panel findings that we are on track to meet the benchmarks for successful and sustainable governance as outlined by the NSW Government in its Fit for the Future package,” Ms Barnes said.
The 2013/14 NSW Local Government Operational and Management Effectiveness Report can be found on Council’s website at www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au