Award winning approach to risk management


In the same week as Singleton Council was recognised as a gold Mental Health First Aid Australia Skilled Workplace, the organisation has also taken out two awards at the 2019 Statewide Mutual Risk Management Conference.

Council's Integrated Risk Management team took out the Technological Risk Initiative category, as well as the overall Statewide Mutual Risk Management Excellence Award at the conference in Sydney today, for the People Leaders’ Integrated Risk Management Toolkit.

The initiative provides easy access, awareness and understanding of every document related to Council’s comprehensive Integrated Risk Management System, which helps to keep all staff safe on the job.

General Manager Jason Linnane said it was well-deserved recognition for all staff for their dedication and commitment to addressing risk across the organisation.

“And that includes the mental and physical safety of our people,” he said.

“It’s a great achievement for Singleton to be the first council in NSW, and only the second in Australia to gain gold accreditation with Mental Health First Aid Australia which goes a long way to demonstrating our commitment to keeping our people safe.

“To then back up with honours at the Statewide Mutual Risk Management Conference shows that we’re not just ticking boxes when it comes to how we manage risk – we’re leading the way with new initiatives to make it easy and effective.”

Mr Linnane said the People Leaders’ Integrated Risk Management Toolkit was designed to simplify Council’s Integrated Risk Management System, which comprises 36 procedures (with a further eight in development), five protocols, five policies, the framework, a number of plans and suite of registers.

“Risk management is an important part of any organisation and not to be taken lightly,” he said.

“By necessity, some of the procedures in our Integrated Risk Management System are technical, detailed and reasonably complex. The Toolkit gives our leaders easy access to the document they need without having to know the title of the document they’re looking for, without needing a hard copy and without having to navigate every document in the system.

“It’s a great initiative worthy of recognition, and again demonstrates the talent and expertise of the people who work at Singleton Council and how we’re all working together to support each other.”


Councils integrated risk win award