Welcome to the August edition of the Tasmanian Business Reporter. In a stunning exclusive, this month's TBR reveals the TCCI's call to parliament to cut Tasmania's 29 councils to three consolidated local authorities. You'll also find an insightful column from St.LukesHealth CEO Paul Lupo about the implementation of e-heath and the much talked about My Health Record and some advice on how to navigate the tricky issue of staff being unfit for work in the winter months from TCCI Workplace Relations Consultant Abbey George.
AUGUST 2018 T A S M A N I A’ S L E A D I N G B U S I N E S S P U B L I C A T I O N . C I R C U L A T I O N 12,000 M O N T H LY Call for council cull AXE THEM O\ TCCI floats radical reform 29 to 3 How TCCI JOIN TODAY! MEMBERSHIP benefits your business By TOM O’MEARA THREE local authorities would replace the state’s 29 councils in a bold new plan floated by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. With the Tasmanian economy at its strongest in recent history, the state’s peak business organisation has called on the State Government and Labor Opposition to reform local government once and for all. TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said the chamber’s vision would improve efficiency and provide greater transparency. The TCCI has been a strong advocate to restore State Parliament to 35 seats, and now it wants to review what it says is an antiquated and inefficient local government sector. Mr Bailey said the system was not based on modern best practice. “The days have gone when every town in Tasmania needed a local council and it is time to ensure there is more transparency in the sector,” he said. “In Victoria rate capping is now a way of life, with consumers and business able to compare their council performance with others through the “Know Your Council” website. “Not only are consumers and business able to compare rates in their municipality with those paid in neighbouring council areas, but they are also able to compare the services offered and make informed decisions about what their local government area delivers. “There is no way to do that in Tasmania.” Tasmania has 29 councils, and 263 councillors, for a population of just over 500,000 people, ranging in size from under 1000 people on Flinders Island to more than 67,000 people in Launceston. “We have 4000 local government employees, 23,000 State Government employees and just under 3500 Commonwealth Government employees, which equates to one employee for every Continued page 2 The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an independent membership organisation that positively leads and supports the Tasmanian business community. TCCI provides valuable support to its members through advocacy and a range of programs and services including: > Customised membership to achieve your business objectives > Workplace relations advice > Workplace health and safety > Networking and promotion > Training and workforce development > Events Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hobart | Launceston Ph: 1300 559 122 www.tcci.com.au