Belyando council boosts staff efficiency with shared services platform

Applications migrate online

Belyando Shire Council has replaced its ageing work administration platform with a new shared services solution which will coordinate work for its 140 staff.

The central Queensland council services a population of about 12,500 and maintains five separate accounts to accommodate payments from the dominant coal mining industry which it serves.

Smaller councils can collaborate under the LocalGovernmentOne (LGONE) solution, a watered-down version of TechnologyOne's enterprise CI platform, to assign staff task administration from a single database.

Belyando Shire Council CEO John Torpy said the council searched to replace its previous management console Practical, in 2006 because it lacked features and functionality.

"We expect that we will streamline the council's business processes, increase efficiencies and have better reporting mechanisms," Torphy said.

"Implementation of the financials component started last January and this went live in March and we have been extremely happy with how it has gone.

"We are now working on the integrated development assessment system that will go live this month."

Constituents will benefit as applications are migrated online, such as a development assessment system to make job progress transparent, while employees will save time filling out time sheets through an automated data entry platform.

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