The Resourcing Strategy is integral in the Local Government Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) Framework and consists of Long Term Financial Planning, Workforce Management Planning and Asset Management Planning. The Resourcing Strategy provides the link between our Community Strategic Plan (CSP) and Council's Delivery Program and Operational Plan. It explains how the organisation will meet its obligations now and in the future, taking into account our workforce, our finances and our assets.
The Resourcing Strategy enables us to deliver our services to the community in the most sustainable way.
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Long Term Financial Plan
Council’s Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) is an integral document in the Local Government IP&R Framework. The LTFP is used to demonstrate the financial impacts of providing services and assets to the community. The services and assets to be provided are identified through the annual budget process, which draw direction from our suite of corporate planning documents including our Community Strategic Plan, Service Asset Plans and the Workforce Management Plan. The LTFP has been updated through the 2018/19 annual budget process. In line with the new Council term a fully redeveloped LTFP is being prepared in line with the Office of Local Government’s timetable and will be finalised in June 2018.
Council’s operating position is projecting surpluses for the duration of the forecast, with the exception of FY18 which is anticipating a break even position at year end. The trend emerging of a continual surplus reflects a positive pattern of financial performance. The downward spikes in Financial Year (FY) 21 and FY26 are indicative of asset revaluation years of Council’s largest asset class, Roads and Drainage.
To ensure this positive operating trend is realised, a strong organisational focus on financial responsibility is required. A continuous operating surplus is necessary to support Council’s long term financial sustainability and to generate funding to facilitate key goals such as the delivery of our priority projects as per Council’s 2012 SRV application, ensure Council is able to respond to the community’s needs and to fund an increase in asset renewal to achieve a more desirable level of infrastructure backlog in a shorter than anticipated time frame.
Work Force Management Plan
Workforce planning ensures that City of Newcastle achieves its vision and goals through its most valuable resource - its people. It outlines how we will develop and prepare our workforce to meet the changing demands of our community as well as the emerging challenges faced by an ageing Workforce.
The key steps in developing the Workforce Management Plan included an analysis of our current workforce, consideration of future needs, identification of gaps and challenges as well as the development of strategies to address these gaps. Our challenges include our ageing workforce, encouraging diversity across the organisation, reducing turnover, embracing emerging technology, building internal leadership capability and attracting and retaining quality staff particularly younger workers and those engaged in our critical roles.
Over the next four years, Council will transform into a smart, people-centric organisation as we attempt to deliver improved service levels in a way that is sustainable and within approved budgetary and resource allocations. Community expectation combined with record levels of residential development and infrastructure projects will continue to place pressure on our workforce to deliver more with our existing resources.
The key Strategies of our Workforce Management Plan are:
- Attract and retain a high quality, committed workforce
- Invest in the capabilities of our people
- Facilitate a culture of Cooperation, Respect, Excellence and Wellbeing
- Plan for our future workforce needs.
Asset Management Strategy
Asset Management is the systematic and coordinated activities and practices of an organisation to optimally and sustainably deliver on its objectives through the cost-effective lifecycle management of assets.
The Asset Management Policy supports Council's commitment to:
- Ensuring assets and infrastructure are safe, reliable, sustainable and remain available for the benefit of our rate payers and the community
- A core asset management system that aligns asset management to corporate goals and strategic contexts
- Accountability, sustainability, risk management, service management and financial efficiency in asset management.
The Asset Management Strategy establishes the framework that determines the nature and direction of Council's asset management. The Asset Management Strategy is based on service planning; the process of determining the services needed by a community and delivering them in a sustainable manner. The 12 key service based asset management strategies and a summary of Council's 20 Service Asset Plans are found within the Asset Management Strategy below.
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