Workplace Relations - Resources


Industrial Officer
Workplace Relations Unit 

Phone: 02 9242 4049

The below resources and information may prove useful when reviewing or developing your own council policies, guidelines and procedures.

Local Government Industry Guidelines on Workplace Investigations

The Local Government (State) Award 2020 made changes to Clause 37, Disciplinary Procedures.
The clause retains the obligation for employers to properly conduct and speedily conclude workplace investigations concerning possible unsatisfactory work performance or conduct, and now refers to workplace investigation guidelines developed by the award parties.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy and Procedure

The NSW Local Government Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy and Procedure have been drafted and consented to by the LGSA, USU, and LGEA. The Alcohol and Other Drugs Procedure has a number of testing options available to councils, including Reasonable Suspicion, Post Reportable Incident, Voluntary Self Testing and Random.

Guidelines for Providing Cars 2019

The purpose of these Guidelines (PDF, 416KB) is to assist councils in determining a formula for costing the private use component of cars. Three costing models are provided:

Local Government Workplace Reform Kit: Managing Workplace Change

The Local Government Workplace Reform Kit: Managing Workplace Change was developed in 2015 by LGNSW to help amalgamating councils manage the reform process. The kit provides an overview of the legislation concerning amalgamations and boundary changes, discusses the different stages in the reform process, and explores the critical areas councils should address in managing workplace risks.

Award Implementation Kit – Structure of the New Award (Book 4)

The Award Implementation Kit provides a comprehensive background to local government award restructuring and the Local Government (State) Award 1992. Book 4 also provides information on how positions were evaluated for transfer into the 1992 Award’s skills-based structure. 

  • Chapters 1 to 5 (PDF, 518KB) - Overview; The Wage Fixation Principles; Implementation of the Award; Statement of Intent; Undertakings
  • Chapters 6 and 7 (PDF, 1.14MB) - Skills Based Structure; Band 1: Operational
  • Chapters 8 and 9 (PDF, 1.4MB) - Band 2: Administrative/Technical/Trades; Band 3: Professional/Specialist
  • Chapter 10 (PDF, 679KB) - Band 4: Executive
  • Chapters 11 to 15 (PDF, 872KB) - Rates of Pay under the New Award; Salary System; Disability Allowances; Use of Skills; Hours of Work
  • Chapters 16 to 18 (PDF, 586KB) - Overtime; Holidays; Training and Development
  • Chapters 19 to 24 (PDF, 766KB) - Performance Evaluation and Reward; Consultative Committees; Council Agreements; Leave Reserved; Award Coverage; Industry and Award Restructuring Committee
  • Appendix Part 1 (PDF, 823KB)
  • Appendix Part 2 (PDF, 745KB)

Local Government NSW HR Advance

Thanks to an arrangement between LGNSW and Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA), member councils have access to LGNSW HR Advance

To purchase a subscription to LGNSW HR Advance, please contact the LGNSW Workplace Relations Unit on (02) 9242 4049 or email

LGNSW HR Advance is a comprehensive library of customisable HR documents, including contracts, policies, forms, correspondence and checklists. What’s more, all documents come with extensive notes on their use and application.