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Organisational excellence recognised at annual awards

Publish Date 08/04/2016

HRIS project team

Port Stephens Council has taken out one of the top prizes at the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards, held in Sydney yesterday evening.

The annual awards celebrate outstanding achievement in local government, with a focus on innovation and excellence within the sector.

Considered some of the most prestigious awards in local government, Port Stephens was recognised as the most outstanding nomination in the inaugural Operational and Management Effectiveness Award.

The award recognises organisations taking an evidence based approach to prioritise change, achieving overall business improvement.

Council's Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Improvement Project identified software options to deliver better services and data reporting for the total employee lifecycle in an efficient, integrated and effective way.

Organisation Development Section Manager, Michelle Gilliver-Smith said that the category presented a number of strong nominations.

"There were a number of excellent projects in our category, so to be recognised amongst such strong competition is really pleasing for the entire project team.

"The HRIS system has significantly changed the way we do business, creating new efficiencies and improving our service - allowing for better workforce management and effective planning for future needs.

"It has provided a major financial saving, while also allowing staff easy access to work programs and learning and development opportunities," she said.

Overall, the HRIS project had a return on investment in 1.4 years and ongoing annual savings of $275,000.

Yesterday's win is another acknowledgement of Port Stephen's excellence in the local government sector following on from a swag of recent awards, including:

  • Winner - 2015 NSW Safe Work Awards for Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System.
  • Winner - 2015 State Wide Risk Management Excellence Awards.
  • 2015 Finalist in the Australian HR Awards for Best Workplace Flexibility Program.
  • 2015 Finalist in the Australian HR Awards for Employer of Choice.

General Manager, Wayne Wallis said that the award was testimony to the quality of the HRIS system and the hard work of the project team. "I'd like to make special mention of the project team that included staff from Business Systems Support, Finance and Organisation Development. "Their hard work in establishing this project and making significant improvements to the HRIS system has had a profound impact on the efficiency of our organisation.

"This is one of many business improvement initiatives we have established throughout Council, as we continuously strive to improve our efficiency and service to the community," he said.