The following statement is attributable to City of Ballarat CEO Janet Dore –
A key focus of my role is to implement changes relating to the findings of the Ombudsman’s report.
I have reviewed the organisational structure at the City of Ballarat and today I am announcing a proposed organisational structure realignment.
The City of Ballarat has appointed an independent and reputable recruitment firm to oversee this process. The changes will primarily impact the Executive Leadership Team level with a realignment of some teams and consequently a small number of positions.
This realignment is designed to rebalance the structure of the organisation and to create an organisation that is better equipped to deliver on Council’s commitments and the community’s expectations.
The proposed organisation structure realignment includes four new Divisions as outlined below, including Corporate Services, Assets and Infrastructure, Community Wellbeing, Strategy and Growth.
Some of these changes will impact a small number of roles, teams and positions.
During my time here, I propose to have the People and Culture and Governance functions report directly to me, so I can be across the cultural changes we need to make to improve the culture and governance processes at the City of Ballarat.
There are no planned reductions in positions to the levels below the Executive Leadership Team.
Councillors and staff were today advised of the proposed organisational structure realignment. Management has met with potentially impacted individuals to discuss these proposed changes. Over the next few days, Executive Managers will meet with staff and further discuss the proposed changes.
I’d like to thank the staff at the City of Ballarat for their professionalism and continued service in what has been an extremely changing and challenging time.
Proposed organisation structure realignment
It is proposed that the new Director positions will be declared vacant once the final structure is confirmed. Once the proposed organisational structure is finalised, I will confirm any acting arrangements to temporarily fill the Director roles where needed until they are permanently filled through the recruitment process.
The new Director positions will be advertised externally, and the recruitment process will be transparent and conducted by an independent and reputable recruitment company.
These changes aim to transform and improve our business operations and service delivery to our community.
We will be seeking feedback from staff on the proposed new structure before making any final decisions on the changes. Comments from employees must be provided to the CEO before the close of business Monday 27 July. An update will be communicated to all staff on Friday 31 July.
Once finalised, the new organisational structure will be formally released to the community.