The Customer Service Team is committed to being a leader in service and providing high levels of customer satisfaction.

Who we are

The Customer Service Centre is your first point of contact for the City. 

We are a team of well-trained professionals focused on making it easy for you to receive assistance with City requests and issues including:

  • Rates
  • Waste
  • Payments
  • Issues
  • Planning
  • Bookings
  • Feedback


We aim to treat all our customers in manner reflecting the vision and values of our organisation and to provide you an experience that is positive, worthwhile and meaningful.

Customer Service Charter

Our commitment to customers is to deliver excellent service through dedication, innovation and continuous improvement.

The charter provides you with standards by which to measure our performance as outlined below.

The mission of the Customer Service Team is to consistently deliver the best service experience to ensure every customer feels they are valued and their satisfaction is paramount to our organisation.

We promise to provide excellent customer service sensitive to your needs and of the highest possible standard. We will achieve our mission by providing timely, courteous and professional service at each and every customer contact.
 

Our staff is guided by the City of Canning’s corporate values. We apply these values to our decision making and they guide every interaction we have with you.

We will

Build genuine relationships

Be responsible in our actions and commitments

We will

Embrace challenges to encourage our people to thrive

Support each other’s well-being

We will:

Share our innovative thinking

Have the courage to welcome and try new ideas

We will:

Work together as one team

Share our success and knowledge to thrive
When you contact us, you can expect to be treated with honesty, integrity, fairness and sensitivity. At all times we aim to:
 
  • Deal with your enquiry in a polite and helpful manner, acting professionally at all times.
  • Listen to your views and ensure your opinion is respected.
  • Take ownership of your enquiry, follow up and keep you informed of progress through to completion.
  • Act on our commitments in a timely manner.
  • Be realistic about what we can do and in what timeframes.
  • Deal with complaints fairly, promptly and professionally.
  • Show respect for your privacy by treating all personal information confidentially.
  • Actively seek and use your feedback on our services to continuously improve our customer service.

What you can expect when you:

We value your feedback and welcome your suggestions, comments, compliments and complaints.

Your feedback provides us with valuable information and helps us to review and improve our processes, procedures and allows for continuous customer service improvement.

To let us know how we can better serve your needs, you can reach us via our contact us page.

We also want to be proactive about obtaining your feedback. From time to time, we may contact you to seek your feedback on your interactions with the City of Canning.
 
We make every effort to be inclusive and accountable for our organisations’ decisions and how they are made. We recognise there are instances when you may disagree or be unhappy with a decision that is made by the City of Canning, and you may ask the City to review its decision or the way the City has provided a service by making a complaint.

Your experience with us is important and your feedback will enable us to provide a better service to the community.
How your complaint will be investigated
Complaints may be lodged in person, by phone, letter or by email. When we receive your complaint, it will be recorded in our customer relationship management system. You will receive acknowledgement within five (5) working days of receipt of your complaint, and you will be provided with a customer reference number for any future follow-up enquires.

When we receive your complaint, it will be assessed and forwarded to the appropriate person within the City of Canning for investigation and action. The investigating officer or manager may contact you to discuss your concerns or ask for more information. They will also be responsible for keeping you up to date on the progress of your complaint. Providing us with current contact details such as your telephone number or email address will ensure we provide a response as soon as possible. After investigation, we will formally respond and aim to resolve any concerns, giving clear details.
How long will it take?
The City of Canning will try to attend to your complaint within ten (10) working days. If we cannot resolve your concern within ten (10) working days, you will be kept informed of progress and be provided with:
 
  • the name of the responsible officer
  • the estimated length of time it may take to resolve
  • a timeframe for when you can next expect an update.
 

Unreasonable conduct

To assist us in delivering the best possible service to our customers, we have developed a customer conduct charter which describes behaviour that the City will not tolerate as part of the City's responsibility to provide a safe workplace for its employees.
 
Principles
The City of Canning (the City) has a commitment to:
 
  • provide quality services to the City’s ratepayers
  • prevent the diversion of an unreasonable portion of City’s resources away from its other functions
  • protect City employee’s from unreasonable or abusive behaviour
  • maintain confidentiality and respect for the principles of natural justice.
The Chief Executive Officer has an overarching duty of care to provide a healthy and safe workplace in accordance with section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (WA) and a moral obligation to protect staff from personal attacks and vilification. 

The City will not tolerate unreasonable conduct against its staff, in particular abusive language; or defamatory comments to its staff; or threats to their personal safety; and may take legal action to protect its employees. The City may, at its discretion, report such behaviour to the Police.

The City endorses Ombudsman Western Australia: Managing Unreasonable Complainant Conduct: Practice Manual and requires City employees to follow the principles and practices set out in the document. 
Assessing Customer Conduct as Unreasonable
When a customer’s conduct clearly goes beyond the norm of situational stress, it may be classified as unreasonable conduct. 
Managing Unreasonable Conduct
Assessment
There is no ‘one for all’ strategy to assess customer conduct as being unreasonable. Each case will be assessed individually so that the case may be dealt with in a fair, effective and efficient way.

The following may be considered as part of the assessment:
 
  • the specific nature of the conduct
  • the volume and frequency of contact with the City (including written correspondence, phone calls, and in person visits)
  • the language used (whether there is any hostile, abusive or offensive language)
  • the immediacy of any risks associated with the conduct
  • the negative impact of the conduct on the fairness of allocation and use of the City’s resources
  • legislative obligations of the City
  • any legal or official advice obtained externally 
  • whether the process and strategy are reasonable and proportionate in the specific circumstances.
Limiting Access 
Unreasonable conduct may be managed by placing a reasonable and proportionate limitation on customer access, which may include one or more of the following:
 
  • the subject matter of communications, such as where the City believes that a specific issue has been adequately addressed
  • the timing of communications, including time of day, and frequency and/or duration of contact with the City
  • access to City property, such as restricting or prohibiting entry to City premises
  • the medium in which the customer may contact the City
  • any other limitation which is reasonable and appropriate and satisfies legislative requirements. 
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