Sushil has worked in local government for five years and is the Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at Ba Town Council. She is an advocate for public education around public health and poverty alleviation.
‘Be innovative… be honest and work hard. Women are just as capable as men in making decisions about their municipality.’
Prior to working for local government, I was a law clerk.
Joining local government
I began working for Ba Town Council in 1995. I now work for the Chief Executive Officer and the Special Administrator.
I have a good work life balance which is helped by a flexible employer; it’s a give and take relationship. I also receive a lot of assistance from my spouse. We share household responsibilities.
I am often the first point of contact for ratepayers when my superiors are unavailable. In these situations I have to make the best decisions I can so that the issues raised are resolved satisfactorily.
As a result of my work in local government I have enhanced my knowledge of the law because all aspects of local government (e.g. town planning and health policies and initiatives) are implemented under the Local Government Act. Building on my experience as a law clerk, my current work is very interesting and fulfilling.
My work is rewarding because I help ratepayers better understand law and community issues. I also feel I am in a position where I can make decisions, give instructions and am consulted on important issues, for example rates collection. I feel a great sense of responsibility because I supervise six other staff members.
If there was one thing I could do to improve the life of my local community it would be to educate the public in the area of health and poverty alleviation. I believe one of the challenges as well as opportunities for local government is building meaningful partnerships with ratepayers and the public. I believe there needs to be more support for creating space for dialogue through workshops, seminars and other gatherings that can help address these issues.
Words of Advice
Be innovative because today’s women are well educated and have the resources to do a lot. Women should also be honest and work hard because there is nothing that is impossible.
I would encourage women to not confine themselves to just the home but to participate in civic activities because women are just as capable as men in making decisions about their municipality