Award History and Interpretation

  • Date:

    26 June 2019

  • Location:

    28 Margaret St Sydney NSW

This practical program is designed to assist in the interpretation and application of the Local Government (State) Award 2017 as varied, and to create an awareness of factors that have influenced the development of the Award.

Who should attend

The workshop is directed towards general managers, directors, human resource practitioners, payroll officers and line managers.


Workshop participants will develop an awareness of the:

  • Reasons for the establishment and revision of the series of NSW Local Government (State) Awards
  • The history of variations to significant award provisions
  • How to interpret and apply the award

There are six sessions in the workshop:

  1. History of the Local Government (State) Award
  2. Rates of pay including salary systems, salary sacrifice, allowances, and superannuation contributions
  3. Hours of work including spread and arrangement of hours, penalty rates, shift allowances and overtime
  4. Forms of employment including part-time, casual, fixed term contracts and appointment on merit
  5. Forms of leave including sick leave, carers’  leave and parental leave
  6. Miscellaneous provisions including consultative committees, training and development, disciplinary procedures, workplace change and redundancy and council agreements.


The facilitator will use group discussions, council case studies and Local Government oriented examples, to help you transfer your learning to the workplace.


Peter Bell has extensive knowledge and experience in industrial relations, salary systems and human resource management. He has worked as a consultant to local government and a range of other industries for more than 25 years. His background as an advocate in industrial relations, where he represented organisations and provided advice on industrial awards, has been supplemented by hands-on experience in developing and implementing local solutions to a wide range of employee relations matters. Peter’s knowledge of the Award commenced in the late 80’s when he lead the project which resulted in the development of a unified classification structure for all local government employees.