Rates Administration Masterclass

10:00am to 3:00pm
Elected Members, Rates Administration Officers.
Course Overview:
Council rates…. everyone has them, well most anyway. Why and how are they applied?

This Rates Administration Masterclass will kick-off with Mellor Olsson Lawyers Anthony Kelly and Tim Mellor stepping participants through the legislative framework of Chapter 10 of the Local Government Act 1999.
Topics this session will include:
    - types and principles of rates and charges
    - ratable land and
    - the process of setting rates
The following component will have an interactive workshop approach outlining where the Council Budget fits in the strategic plan, the roles of Elected Members and Rates Administration Officers in the rating process and an explanation of what different rating approaches have on ratepayers.
Anthony Kelly, Partner, Mello Olsson.
Anthony joined Mellor Olsson in 2003 and is a partner in the Litigation, Local Government and Property Development Division. He has degrees in Law (Honours) and Science. Anthony practises and has significant experience in general commercial litigation and dispute resolution, environmental matters and Local Government, planning and property development. Anthony has a particular focus on Local Government, property development and planning, acting for a range of clients, including representative bodies (including the Local Government Association of SA), Councils, developers, planners and third party objectors. He provides advice in relation to water resources and water licensing matters, issues arising pursuant to the Local Government Act and the Development Act, as well as assisting with development applications and submissions. Anthony regularly appears before Development Assessment Panels, the ERD Court and the Supreme Court in relation to these areas. Anthony is an active member of the Civil Litigation Committee of The Law Society of South Australia, the Sustainable Development Task Group of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA Division), the National Environmental Law Association, the Australian Institute of Urban Studies, the Planning Institute of Australia and the Planning, Local Government and Environment Committee of The Law Society of South Australia.
Tim Mellor, Partner, Mello Olsson 
Tim joined Mellor Olsson in 1981 and has developed an extensive practice, particularly in the areas of planning, development and environmental law. Tim's work has also largely focused on rural issues, including acting for a large number of pastoralists in relation to native title claims.
These areas of practice and his work in general commercial litigation have involved Tim in dealing with all levels of Government and in court appearances in all State and Federal Courts.
Tim has been a member of the Council of The Law Society of South Australia for the last 7 years, and during that time he has served as an Executive Member. He is also a member of the Planning, Local Government and Environment Committee and the Aboriginal Issues Committee of The Law Society of South Australia.
Tim has been actively involved in the National Environmental Law Association over many years, including periods as President of the South Australian branch and as National President.

Shane Sody – LGA
Shane Sody is the Executive Officer of the SA Local Government Research & Development Scheme.  He has more than a decade’s experience advising on the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) including in the former Office for State/Local Government Relations (2005-2011) where he provided advice for former Ministers on the ratings provisions of that Act.  During that period, he managed the process of consulting, drafting, and passage through Parliament, in 2009, of what became the Local Government (Accountability Framework) Amendment Act 2009 .  In 2011, he co-authored an academic paper published by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government:  “Rating policies – an ad hoc or principled balancing act?”