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Local Government

The LKS Quaero team collectively has several decades of executive local government experience across Australia. We are acutely aware that leading a public sector organisation involves managing a complex web of relationships and stakeholders, especially when it comes to implementing change.

We know these things because we have been there and have the scars – as well as the badges. Our team has an in depth understanding of current and future challenges within local government, and leverage this expertise to deliver practical solutions with tangible outcomes.

KEMPSEY SHIRE COUNCIL

Rebuilding the Shire Program

Following our whole of organisation culture and salary structure review, grounded in a leadership and culture assessment, Council adopted the recommendations of this project including a whole of organisation capability framework and a comprehensive organisational transformation program.

We are supporting the management and delivery of the transformation program through several intensive projects, structural change, recruitment, and tiered leadership development.

OUTCOMES

  • Establishment of new leadership team empowered to sustainably lead the program through formalised program governance
  • Development of service models to document and transition each service to the desired future state on a consistent basis
  • Recruitment of senior leaders, including Leadership Capability Assessments using a custom capability framework. The assessment was against objective criteria and testing real skills using detailed scenarios
  • Delivery of Diploma Leadership and Management to Kempsey’s leaders through our partnership with the Australian College of Mining, RTO no. 110084

THE BAROSSA COUNCIL

Service Review

This project involved documentation and assessment of Barossa’s current services and their associated services levels, as well as the degree of alignment between these and the Council’s strategic planning framework.

We focused on forming recommendations for the efficiency and viability of services, developed an accurate picture of the Council’s costs (direct and supporting), and recommended specific useful targets and measures. We developed customer service metrics (rather than simply technical, internally focused metrics) to support this work.

Our service model and scorecard methodologies gave Barossa a solid basis for future service planning and progress measurement.

CUMBERLAND COUNCIL

Fees and Charges Review

This fees and charges review was to assure Council that its fees and charges were comparable with the market, legally compliant, transparent, and underpinned by sound policy and pricing strategies. We conducted a current state analysis, provided improvement opportunities, and helped set the fees and charges direction and governance for this newly formed Council.

GEORGES RIVER COUNCIL

Customer Services Review

We undertook a comprehensive review and analysis of Georges River’s customer service delivery. This involved assessment of how well Council meets its customer expectations and recommendations for improvements to its service model from the first point of contact to the final resolution.

As part of this work, we conducted extensive consultation and customer journey mapping and provided Georges River with a future state needs analysis, gap analysis, assessment scorecard, operating model, and implementation plan.

ALEXANDRINA, VICTOR HARBOR & YANKALILLA COUNCILS

Fleurieu Futures Project

This project comprised a review, analysis (including an intensive assessment of stakeholders and communities of interest), and business case development for three rural South Australian Councils in three scenarios: maintaining separate Councils, shared services, and establishment of a regional body.

The Councils are presently preparing to implement a joint approach to the future.

CITY OF UNLEY

Efficiency and Economy Review, Strategic Planning Refresh

We conducted a review of the extent to which the Council was operating in an effective and efficient manner, engaging the leadership to clarify strategic direction. This included assessing leadership capability, alignment of plans and resources to strategy, and options for transforming the organisation, including structurally.

Following this, we assisted the City of Unley to refresh its Community Plan and develop its Delivery Plan against a Target Operating Model, grounded in a PESTEL analysis and Elected Member workshopping. In this way, we linked clear vision and goal statements to practical targets and measures.