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Industrial Relations and Human Resources

Employee Relations and Human Resources Advice and Support

The WALGA Employee Relations (ER) service delivers professional industrial relations (IR) and human resource (HR) advisory, industrial advocacy and consultancy services to LGANT members. LGANT has engaged WALGA to deliver this service which provides council with unlimited access to a team of nine IR/HR specialists with specific local government experience and knowledge.

View the ER Service Summary 2023 here which outlines the services LGANT members can access

Accessing the WALGA ER service

To contact the WALGA ER team please call 1300 366 956 (between 10am and 6pm ACST Monday to Friday) or email Please also email the team if you would like your email address to be added to the WALGA ER email alert list.

WALGA ER has a large range of resources available to LGANT members including template policies, procedures and letters, comprehensive ER Guides on common HR/IR subjects, recorded webinars and access to all previous ER alerts. To access the resources, LGANT members will need to make an account on the WALGA website. To create an account, please click here and follow the instructions on how to sign up.

Summary of services

WALGA ER provides the following services to LGANT members:

  • ER, HR and IR advice on a variety of matters, for example termination of employment, award and enterprise agreement interpretation, disciplinary issues, all leave types, policies, bullying and harassment, workplace investigations and changes in employment legislation.
  • Access to template policies, procedures, letters, comprehensive ER Guides, and other resources available on the WALGA website which are tailored specifically for local governments.
  • Information about rates of pay and conditions of employment.
  • Advice and advocacy support in managing industrial claims in the Fair Work Commission (FWC), NT Anti-Discrimination Commission and any other similar tribunal including representation at conciliation, mediation, or conference.
  • Advice on enterprise bargaining including a compliance review of agreements, review of enterprise agreement application forms and assistance with drafting FWC undertakings and submissions when lodging an enterprise agreement for approval with the FWC.
  • Email alerts (ER Alerts) on general advice, legislative updates, and developments in case law.
  • Live webinars on topical issues and a collection of recorded webinars which can be viewed on demand on the WALGA website.
  • Advocacy and policy work on behalf of the local government sector. For example, this includes the preparation of submissions on proposed amendments to the Local Government Industry Award 2020 and other employment legislation impacting on local governments.
  • Opportunity to participate in the annual Salary and Workforce Survey on remuneration and conditions of employment for an additional fee.

WALGA ER also offers consultancy services (subject to capacity and a fee for service) in relation to enterprise agreement negotiations, in-depth policy review, position description classifications and custom/onsite workshops (i.e. position description classification workshop, policy and procedure training and bargaining workshops).

To read more about WALGA ER and access their resources, please visit the WALGA website.

HR/IR training

LGANT Members can undertake a number of training courses for officers delivered by the WALGA ER team, including a unique sector specific course on Understanding and Applying the Local Government Industry Award 2020. Training can be delivered remotely or onsite.

Contact if you are seeking a bespoke HR/IR training workshop for your Council.