The City of Melbourne strives to be a leading organisation for a leading city. It is our people, our high performing, talented workforce that ensures delivery of excellent service to the community and achievement of our goals.
We are proud to be an inclusive, diverse and flexible organisation. We strive to deliver the best service to our community and enable a culture that drives innovative and creative solutions through a flexible workforce.
We have a great track record in providing learning and development opportunities for employees, which enables us to attract and retain the workforce we need to deliver on our services and activities.
We have a number of policies and procedures that support good governance and provide transparency and clarity to all employees about the principles, rules and guidelines that apply to their work and conditions of employment.
The National Employment Standards (NES) underpin the Melbourne City Council Enterprise Agreement 2013, providing the legal framework through which our employment terms and conditions are established for most of our employees. Executive employment terms and conditions are governed by the NES, Local Government Industry Award 2010 and individual employment contracts.
This year saw us establish the City of Melbourne Leaders group for all people managers, providing this group with key strategic and operational information. City of Melbourne Leaders are required to ensure their team members know the values, policies and procedures and encourage a workplace culture that is safe, inclusive and diverse.
There are a range of benefits and services available to help all employees (full-time, part-time and casuals) to maintain a healthy work-life balance and reach their full potential. Employees have access to a range of professional and personal development activities; health and wellbeing advice and programmes, flexible work arrangements and leave variations. The Club is our non-profit employee recreation association that aims to improve work-life balance and create a cooperative work environment. The Club organises a wide range of social, recreational and sporting activities, ranging from discounted theatre and cinema tickets to subsidised health club memberships and entry to sporting events.
During this year we developed a People Plan as part of our broader new four-year Organisational Plan. The People Plan details how we will introduce workforce planning, talent management, succession planning and much more to the organisation. The People Plan aligns to Goal 7 ‘Resources are managed well’. Through the implementation of the plan we will continue creating a more flexible and mobile workforce that enables employees to be outcome focused and to promote higher levels of engagement through work-life balance.
We have reviewed our Employee Code of Conduct this year, with the revised code set for release later in 2016. The code applies to all our employees including service providers, representatives and agents who act on our behalf. All new employees receive a copy of the Code of Conduct with their letter of offer.
At the City of Melbourne 95 per cent of employees are covered by a single enterprise agreement. The current agreement expired on 30 June 2016. Negotiations are currently under way to establish a new agreement that will cover the next three years. We monitor the current agreement’s operation and application through a staff consultative committee.
Classification 1 and 2 – child care workers, school crossing supervisors, fitness instructors, information officers.
Classification 5 and 6 – professionals, analysts, programmers, technical staff, maternal and child health nurses, immunisation nurses and event managers.
Classification 7 – team leaders and professionals.
Executive – managers, directors and the Chief Executive Officer.
As at June 2016, we employed 1619 people, with a full-time equivalent (FTE) of 1393.33. Whilst our staff numbers increase slightly during summer due to a seasonal operating pool, direct employees of the organisation complete most of our work. A breakdown of our direct employees is:
1040 permanent full-time (1031.42 FTE)
320 permanent part-time (179.45 FTE)
215 maximum-term temporary – full-time and part-time (180.22 FTE)
44 casual (2.25 FTE)
Most of our employees work in the central city, with the remainder based at other sites across the municipality. Note that all employee data excludes supervised worker data, as this is currently unavailable.
Total workforce by gender
Female – 61% 983 (817.45 FTE)
Male – 39% 637 (577.26 FTE)
Number of staff (head count) by employment type and gender 2013–14 to 2015–16