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Local Laws Review Project Officer - Fixed term appointment

Appointment: Fixed Term – six months

Award: Horsham Rural City Council Enterprise Agreement
Number Nine, 2019 - 2022

Award Classification: Band 6 Level A

Hourly Rate: $41.82

The changing and evolving needs of the Covid-19 pandemic require a degree of staffing and position
flexibility. This position description therefore does not detail all of the tasks and duties that an
employee will be asked to undertake so that HRCC can respond to the pandemic. It is expected that
employees will have a willingness and understanding of the need to be adaptable to reasonable
changes in duties and tasks that may be required. Any such changes will not impact the rate of
payment as outlined in this position description.


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POSITION OBJECTIVES:
Community Local Law No. 3 2011 provides legislative measures to protect the safety and amenity of
the municipality and regulate the use of Council land. Pursuant to the Local Government Act 2020,
local laws are revoked 10 years after the day they come into operation. The current General Local Law
will sunset on 20 December 2021. This position will review Local Law No. 3 and project manage the
adoption and gazettal of a new local law for Horsham.


KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS:
 Comprehensively revew and analyse the exisiting Community Local Law No. 3 2011
 Draft a new Local Law in consultation with internal and external stakeholders in accourdance with
the Guidelines for Local Laws released by the Minister for Local Government and best practice.
 Communicate the draft amendments to all stakeholders in accordance with Council’s engagement
policy and procedure
 Project Manage the process of amending Local Law No.3 2011, including adopton and gazettal.
 Oversee the implementation and communication of the amendments.
 Review and amend policies and procedures as directed in accordance with best practice
Note: In accordance with award provisions, Council may direct an employee to carry out such duties
as are within the limits of the employee's skill, competence and training, provided such duties do not
promote a narrowing of the employee's skill base


RISK MANAGEMENT:
 perform duties in a manner that prevents and does not place unnecessary risk on the personal
health and safety of others or any property;
 encourage other employees to work safely;
 report any illness, injury, hazard, near miss or incidents and losses of any kind as soon as they are
detected to the manager or supervisor


ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIP:
Reports to: Manager Community Safety & Environmental Health
Supervises: Nil
Internal Liaisons: Internal stakeholders across various areas of Council
External Liaisons: Relevant State Government Authorities
Councillors
Targeted stakeholders
Public


ACCOUNTABILITY AND EXTENT OF AUTHORITY, JUDGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING:
 responsible to the Manager of Community Safety & Environmental Health for the satisfactory
completion of duties within the set time schedule; to the appropriate standard and in a safe and
efficient manner in accordance with the Occupational Health & Safety Act, regulations and
requirements and Council policies which apply
 the freedom to act is subject to regulations and policies and regular supervision. The effect of
decisions and actions taken in this Band on individual clients may be significant but it is usually
subject to appeal or review by more senior employees.
 the work is usually of an investigative and analytical nature, with the freedom to act prescribed by
a more senior position. The quality of the output of these positions can have a significant effect on
local law and policy development
 has a formal input into local law and policy development
In respect of OHS matters, HRCC expects that staff will take reasonable care and:
- protect their own health and safety at work;
- avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of any other person
- use any equipment provided for health and safety purposes;
- obey any reasonable instruction they may be given in relation to health or safety at work;
- ensure they are not, by the consumption of alcohol or a drug, in such a state as to endanger
their own safety at work or the safety of any other person at work; and
- promptly report all accidents to their supervisor


MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS:
 effective time management and writing skills
 planning and goal setting skills together with the ability to prioritise work effectively
 efficient computer software skills, knowledge and understanding (in particular Microsoft Office)


INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:
 excellent English and customer communication skills
 excellent personal presentation
 able to co-operate effectively with other staff in a team environment and to work individually
 ability to think logically, quickly and within set time-frames
 able to liaise with counterparts in other organisations to discuss specialist matters and with other
HRCC employees throughout the organisation


OTHER QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
Qualifications:
 Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline is essential
Experience:
 working in or for Local or State government or other statutory body
 in the interpretation and application of legislative and statutory requirements and working
within a political framework
 in the preparation of reports and stakeholder engagement communication plans
 in project management
 local law review experience is highly desirable


SELECTION CRITERIA:
1. Understanding of operations of local government including local law and policy making and
legislative requirements (including Local Government Act and Regulations) is highly desirable.
2. High level communication skills (written and verbal) which will enable effective communication
across a diverse range of people, and the establishment of rapport and credibility to clearly
express ideas and concepts in various forms.
3. Possess flexibility to handle changing work requirements and the ability to support others in an
environment of change.
4. Ability to think logically and strategically, analyse problems and formulate appropriate
solutions.
5. Ability to be self-directed and self-motivated to deliver high quality work under time pressure.
6. Ability to negotiate, liaise and collaborate and effect change within a political framework.


FURTHER INFORMATION:
Horsham Rural City Council is committed to providing and promoting child safe environments.
Council has zero tolerance to child abuse and aims to create a child safe and child friendly
environment where children feel safe and secure and have fun. This includes the physical,
emotional, cultural and social wellbeing of all children.
Council encourages applications from people of all abilities and can make information available in
alternative formats if required.
Background, Pre-employment, Medical and Police record checks will be conducted as a part of the
appointment and confirmation of employment processes.


Horsham Rural City Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Council and its employees also have
obligations under Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. See the People & Culture
Department or www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au for further information.


Human Resources Lead
Horsham Rural City Council
PO Box 511
Horsham Victoria 3402
Email: hr@hrcc.vic.gov.au

Employer
Horsham Rural City Council
Address
Civic Centre, Roberts Avenue
Horsham
Victoria, 3400
Australia
Website
https://hrcc.recruitmenthub.com.au/Vacancies/
Email
hr@hrcc.vic.gov.au
Applications Close
25 January 2021