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Authorised Officers Training

Legal

Duration: Half day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Authorised Officers, Customer Service Officers and Managers and staff dealing with Dog and Cat Management.

 

Overview

This training session has been developed for Authorised Officers, including Customer Services Offices and all staff dealing with Animal Management. It has been updated since the changes to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and references the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016, the Local Government Act 1999, the Fire and Emergency Act 2005 and the Expiation of Offences Act 1996.

 

Key Learnings

  • Relevant Legislation updates
  • Information about:
  • Appointments
  • Jurisdiction
  • Powers
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Officers
  • SOP's
  • Communication
  • Expiation Notices
  • Evidence Gathering
  • Statement Taking

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Awards, Enterprise Agreements and Industrial Instruments

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST 
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

All Council employees

 

Overview

Employment terms and conditions in the local government sector is governed by various industrial instruments, including (but not limited to) the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA) and the Local Government Act 1999 (SA),  as well as awards, enterprise agreements and employment contracts. These governing industrial instruments impose a range of different obligations on councils. During this session, we will provide breakdown the how each of these legislative and industrial instruments operate and their interaction. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Operation of the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA) and the Local Government Act 1999 (SA);
  • The application of industrial awards and enterprise agreements; and
  • Binding power of legislative and industrial instruments on contracts of employment.

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Building Fire Safety Committees – Governance Training

Legal

Duration: Half day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Compliance Officers, Building Officers, Planning Officers, and Managers of such officers, Elected Members.

 

Overview

A Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC) is an authority established by a Council to act as an appropriate authority for the purposes of determining whether the fire safety of a building is adequate, and if not, to take necessary action to ensure such a building is safe. 

The governing legislation is silent with respect to the required standard of operating procedures and the like of a BFSC, but it is important that it operates using a best practice model to ensure that its decision making is sound.  A BFSC should practice good governance including the preparation and adoption of adequate terms of reference and operating/meeting procedures, understand issues associated with delegations, confidentiality, Freedom of Information and the importance of preparing statutory notices in accordance with the requirements of the legislation.

 

Key Learnings

  • Understand the role and functions of a BFSC and how it is constituted;
  • Learn how to prepare appropriate terms of reference and operating procedures for a BFSC;
  • Learn how to prepare agenda and minutes arising from a BFSC;
  • Learn how to manage commercially sensitive information;
  • Learn how to draft a fire safety notice;
  • Learn how to deal with owners and occupiers of buildings and the public at large in dealing with fire safety issues.

 

Facilitator

Dale Mazzachi, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
With a passion for public sector governance and regulatory control, Dale has been helping councils and other local authorities to govern, protect and enhance their local communities for over 10 years. Dale frequently presents workshops and training sessions for a wide variety of public sector clients and lectures in environmental health law at Flinders University.

Aden Miegel, Senior Associate - Planning, Development and Environment - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Since joining Norman Waterhouse, Aden, as part of the Environment and Planning Team, advises both local government and private clients on a wide variety of matters arising under the Development Act 1993, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and other legislation that is relevant to planning and development. Aden enjoys delivering training and education to our clients and the industry, which includes a nationally accredited training course in a Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning).

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Compulsory Acquisition

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Development Officers; Planning Officers; Infrastructure Officers; Governance Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

This session is divided into three parts:
 
Part 1
The first part will guide participants through the statutory process that applies where a council wishes to compulsorily acquire land (or an estate or interest in land).  This will provide participants with a good understanding of all parts of the statutory process, as well as an understanding of the practical application of the process and tips and traps to be aware of which have been learned from previous case studies. 

The discussion will also highlight relevant timeframes and provide an overall understanding of the potential time and costs associated with the process to assist participants in their pre-acquisition negotiations with land owners as well as the scheduling of project timeframes and preparation of project budgets.

Part 2
The second part of the session will focus on a council’s rights as a landowner when a State Government entity wishes to acquire council owned land. 

Part 3
The third part of the session will provide an overview of recent amendments to the Land Acquisition Act 1969 (SA).  The session will be interactive and allow discussion to facilitate knowledge sharing between all participants

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation and understanding of the statutory process required for compulsory acquisition; 
  • Explanation and understanding of what council’s can expect under the proposes amendments to the statutory framework; 
  • Practical guidance from previous case studies; and 
  • Information sharing between councils. 

 

Facilitator

Lisa Hubbard, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure & Commercial & Native Title
Lisa is an experienced property lawyer with particular expertise in local government real property and infrastructure assets and native title. Lisa has also acted for local government, native title holders, pastoral lease holders and mining industry participants in matters involving native title, Aboriginal heritage and land access. Lisa’s knowledge and understanding allows her to present training sessions, workshops and seminars to both metropolitan and regional councils.

Jack McPhee, Solicitor – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jack works with both public and private sector clients on a wide range of commercial, property and major project matters including compulsory acquisitions, unsolicited proposals, infrastructure delivery, property transactions, commercial leasing and licensing, project and corporate structures, associations and corporate governance. Jack has a large interest and skill in presenting to the sector at seminars, workshops and conferences.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Correct and Preferable – Reviewing Council Decisions

Legal

Duration: Full Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Chief Executive Officers, Freedom of Information Officers, Environmental Health Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of those areas

 

Overview

SACAT is the current review body of decisions made by local government under a number of Acts, including Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, Food Act 2001, Freedom of Information Act 1991 and South Australian Public Health Act 2011. 

This course will provide an overview of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 and assist participants in understanding the tribunal process.  It will also provide participants with a summary of their obligations to assist the Tribunal, requirements to prepare a statement of reasons and an explanation of what to include in a prescribed book of documents. 

This full day course will also provide practical tips for preparing a brief of evidence and supporting documentation, appearing in the Tribunal and how to assist the Tribunal to make the correct and preferable decision.

 

Key Learnings

  • Summary of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013
  • Overview of council obligations to assist the Tribunal
  • Requirement to provide certain documents
  • The Tribunal process
  • Preparing a matter for hearing
  • Appearing as a witness 

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Council and Committee Meeting Agenda and Minute Preparation

Legal

Duration: Half day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Executive and/or Personal Assistants and Administration Officers.
 

 

Overview

The Local Government Act 1999 and the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 provide for the conduct of Council and Council Committee meetings and the preparation of minutes and agendas.
 

 

Key Learnings

  • Gain an increased understanding of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1999 and the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 in relation to notice of meetings, agendas and minutes; and
  • Develop skills in the preparation of notices of meetings, agendas and the recording and preparation of minutes.
 

 

Facilitator

?Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice D’Agostino assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. Felice takes a practical and solutions based approach to representing her clients and assisting them to deal with competing pressures. As a Principal in Norman Waterhouse’s Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services team Felice specialises in governance and public administration and is committed to assisting her clients to make defensible decisions that will withstand scrutiny. 

Dale Mazzachi, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Dale Mazzachi focuses his attention on developing his client's practical understanding of the important roles governance and regulation play in helping their organisations successfully deliver for their communities.  He now practices as a Principal in the firm’s Local Government Employment, Governance & Regulatory Services Team.  Dale’s regulatory experience includes animal management and control, public health, food safety, public realm and traffic management, liquor licensing, by-laws and regulations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Council Development Assessment Panels Agenda and Minute Preparation

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Council Officers responsible for the preparation of Council Development Assessment Panel meeting agendas and minutes.
 

 

Overview

This workshop will provide an overview of the following aspects of Council Assessment Panels under the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act:
  • Meeting procedures including quorum, voting and how decisions are made;
  • Preparation and content of minutes, agendas and notices of meetings;
  • Role of the presiding member and tips for effective chairing;
  • Professional indemnity for members;
  • Code of conduct 

This workshop will also provide a general overview of:
  • Planning Development and Infrastructure Act;
  • Role of ERD Court;
  • Role of SCAP;
  • Matters deferred

 

Key Learnings

  • Gain an increased understanding of not only the provisions of the Development Act 1993 but also legally compliant best practice in relation to Council Development Panel notice of meetings, agendas and minutes; and
  • Develop skills in the preparation of Council Development Assessment Panel notices of meetings, agendas and the recording and preparation of minutes.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice D’Agostino assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. Felice takes a practical and solutions based approach to representing her clients and assisting them to deal with competing pressures. As a Principal in Norman Waterhouse’s Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services team Felice specialises in governance and public administration and is committed to assisting her clients to make defensible decisions that will withstand scrutiny. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Council's Role and Powers as a Local Public Health Authority

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Authorised Persons, Environmental Health Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of these areas

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (SAPH Act) and summarise the fundamental concepts that underpin councils as local public health authorities. 

The course will also provide participants with an understanding of the relationship between the SAPH Act and the Food Act 2001, the Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992 and the Safe Drinking Water Act 2011. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and an open forum session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Council obligations regarding public health
  • EHO responsibilities and council powers
  • Summary of the SAPH Act, Food Act 2001, Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992 and the Safe Drinking Water Act 2011
  • Investigative processes and powers of authorised persons
  • Notice issuing process
  • Interaction with other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Criminal Trials in the Magistrates Court - A Practical Guide

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST 
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Chief Executive Officers, Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of those areas

 

Overview

To assist participants in determining whether to commence prosecution proceedings and provide tips for preparing a matter for trial.  The courts can be a daunting place, this course will assist councils in understanding the court process, preparation of a legal brief, appearing as a witness and the burden of proof.  This full day course will also provide practical tips for investigating criminal matters, interviewing witnesses, providing cautions, taking statements, record keeping, photographic evidence and more.

 

Key Learnings

  • Evidence gathering
  • Issuing an Information and Summons
  • Court processes
  • Evidentiary aids and the burden of proof
  • Appearing as a witness 

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Development and Building Compliance – Enforcement Basics

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST 
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Compliance Officers, Building Officers, Planning Officers and Managers of such officers, Elected Members.

 

Overview

There are a range of enforcement powers which Councils can exercise in response to breaches of the Development Act 1993 which include the issue of statutory notices and the commencement of civil and or criminal proceedings.  Under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, even more powers will be available to Councils to enforce breaches of this legislation. 

Before deciding to exercise any of its enforcement powers, it is imperative that Councils understand the discretionary nature of its power to act in any given matter, the different types of breaches and offences which exist under the relevant legislation, the different kinds of enforcement tools that it can utilise in response to such breaches and how it can minimise any risks in taking action and effectively achieve its desired outcome.

 

Key Learnings

  • This program will assist participants to: 
  • Understand the different types of breaches/offences that exist under the legislation;
  • Learn the essentials in relation to drafting statutory enforcement notices;
  • Understand authorised officer powers and their limitations;
  • Understand issues surrounding delegations, time limitations to act and effective service of notices and proceedings upon third parties; and
  • Appreciate how notices and proceedings can be challenged by third parties.

 

Facilitator

Claire Ryan, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Claire specialises in Planning & Development Law and provides advice to local government clients with respect to all issues arising under the Development Act 1993 and related legislation including compliance provisions and development assessment generally. Claire conducts training and education on a range of topics as required by clients and she has taught planning law and related topics to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of South Australia.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Development and Building Compliance – Investigation and Evidence Gathering

Legal

Duration: Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Compliance Officers, Authorised Officers, Building Officers, Planning Officers and Managers of such officers.

 

Overview

Rome wasn’t built in a day! It takes time, and sometimes years to master the skills of effective investigation and evidence gathering. However, if it is not done correctly, it may as well not be done at all.  In gathering information it is imperative for officers to understand what evidence is and the different elements of the offences which they are investigating so that ultimately they may then prove their case to the requisite standard depending on which enforcement tool is utilised.  The importance of a planned and thorough investigation should not be underestimated.  Officers must be able to effectively take good notes and prepare statements, undertake interviews, prepare exhibits and keep good records to ensure they can achieve their desired outcome.

 

Key Learnings

  • Understand the rules of evidence and burdens of proof;
  • The elements of offences;
  • How to exercise cautions;
  • How to take notes and establish good record keeping practices;
  • How to conduct an informal and formal interview with suspects and witnesses;
  • How to prepare statements; and
  • Etiquette and tips on building rapport in investigations.

 

Facilitator

Claire Ryan, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Claire specialises in Planning & Development Law and provides advice to local government clients with respect to all issues arising under the Development Act 1993 and related legislation including compliance provisions and development assessment generally. Claire conducts training and education on a range of topics as required by clients and she has taught planning law and related topics to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of South Australia.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

Attendees are encouraged to also consider attending the Development and Building Compliance –Enforcement Basics training course.

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Dog and Cat Management - Useful Tools for Difficult Situations

Legal

Duration: Full Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and summarise the fundamental legal concepts of issuing control orders and undertaking enforcement under the Act.  The course will provide participants with various different statutory interpretations contained within the Act and present a number case studies to assist with understanding the application of the Act.  The full day will also compromise a session on the issuing of control orders and prohibition orders, appeals of these orders in the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the commencement of prosecution proceedings.

 

Key Learnings

  • Dog and Cat Management Act 1995
  • Responsibilities of dog owners
  • Issuing of Control Orders and Prohibition Orders
  • Appeals of Orders
  • Enforcement under the Act
  • Prosecution proceedings

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.  

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Managers and CEOs

 

Overview

Council employees have the duty to ensure that they take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that they do not adversely affect the health and safety of others. This duty extends to ensuring the performance of their duties is not adversely affected by drugs and / or alcohol.

Having a comprehensive drug and alcohol policy and an associated procedure will provide councils with the appropriate avenues to test, manage and discipline employees who are impaired by drugs and/pr alcohol in the workplace.

This session will discuss what is required in a drug and alcohol policy and the associated procedure, and what testing and disciplinary processes councils can implement.   

 

Key Learnings

  • What is required in a drug and alcohol policy and an associated procedure;
  • Different forms and types of testing;
  • Alcohol consumption during social and work-related events; and
  • Investigation and disciplinary process where there is a reasonable suspicion of impairment. 

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Enterprise Bargaining and Agreement Making

Legal

Duration: Half Day  
Investment: $385 incl GST 
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Managers and CEOs

 

Overview

This session examines the legislative framework that regulates agreement making, informing you of the temporal and procedural requirements to be observed in industrial negotiations.

We will also provide strategic steps in negotiating enterprise agreements so that councils can achieve a better outcome when negotiating with other representatives.     

 

Key Learnings

  • Procedural requirements for commencing negotiations;
  • Negotiation strategies;
  • Targeting productivity and flexibility; and
  • Procedural requirements for voting and process for approval of an enterprise agreement.

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Environmental Law for Local Government

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Environmental/Sustainability Officers; Property Officers; Planning and Development Officers; Risk Officers; and Managers in these areas.

 

Overview

Local government is affected by environmental law and regulation in various ways – directly in its role as manager of environmental assets; where it holds environmental authorisations for licensed activities (EPA licences); in its role as a planning authority; as an environmental regulator for local nuisance and litter; and in its dealings with land that is, or may be, contaminated.   

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to key environmental law concepts and legislation that most affects local government, with a focus on practical application and risk management. Attendees will gain confidence in identifying risk issues, and then working through those issues, including in its interactions with the EPA.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of statutory definitions; statutory pollution offences; statutory defences; EPA reporting obligations. 
  • Discussion about key environmental issues in waste, water and vegetation management.
  • Discussion about how to approach an EPA investigation and manage associated risk
  • Introduction to site contamination. 

 

Facilitator

Peter Psaltis, Principal - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Peter Psaltis was formerly an in-house solicitor at the Environment Protection Authority, and has been advising State and local government and private clients on all aspects of environmental law and regulation for over 15 years.  

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Expiation Notices - The Essentials

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of these areas

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the Expiation of Offences Act 1996 (the Act) and summarise the fundamental concepts that underpin expiation notices. 

The course will also provide participants with an understanding of the relationship between the Act, Fines Enforcement and Debt Recovery Act 2017 and various other legislation enforced by local government in South Australia. 

The half day session will assist participants in understanding their powers to issue an expiation notice, reviews of expiation notices, obligations under the Act and the requirements of a compliant expiation notice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Issuing of expiation notices
  • Requirements of expiation notices
  • Summary of the Expiation of Offences Act 1996
  • Governance issues
  • Reviews of expiation notices
  • Debt recovery
  • Elections to be prosecuted
  • Interaction with other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Fair Treatment and Equal Opportunity Act

Legal

Duration: Half Day  
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Managers, Team Leaders and CEOs

 

Overview

Fair and equal treatment of all employees should be a pillar of the council’s organisational and community ethos. Certain conduct and decisions can lead to claims against the council on the basis of discrimination, race, religion and / or sex.

This session will explore what your council needs to consider when making decisions regarding current or potential employees and the legal ramifications when discrimination occurs. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) and what is considered discrimination;
  • Federal anti-discrimination law - Age Discrimination Act 2004, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and Sex Discrimination Act 1984;
  • What is considered adverse action?; and
  • Defining ‘reasonable management action taken in a reasonable manner’.

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Food Safety Regulation and the Law

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Environmental Health Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of these areas

 

Overview

To provide an overview of councils’ responsibilities under the Food Act 2001 (the Food Act) and requirements for food businesses to comply with the Food Act and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. 

The course will also provide participants with an understanding of their powers under the Food Act and tips in conducting investigations and undertaking enforcement under the Food Act. 

The half day session will comprise of a seminar and hypothetical scenarios to illustrate concepts in a practical setting.  The session will also include an open forum where participants may ask questions and seek guidance and advice in relation to investigations and enforcement under the Food Act. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Summary of the Food Act 2001
  • Requirements of food businesses
  • Investigating allegations of non-compliance
  • Powers of authorised officers
  • Seizure and analysis of food samples
  • Evidence gathering
     

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Freedom of Information (FOI) Update

Legal

Duration: Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Governance staff, Records management staff and CEO's 

 

Overview

The Freedom of Information (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020 (FOI Amendment Bill) proposes the most extensive changes to South Australia’s freedom of information (FOI) laws since the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act) was enacted nearly 30 years ago. The changes range from small miscellaneous amendments to much more significant reforms which bring the FOI Act more closely into alignment with other jurisdictions which underwent similar reforms roughly a decade ago.

 

Key Learnings

The FOI Amendment Bill which has now been introduced into Parliament. Some of the key proposals are as follows:
  • “Proactive disclosure” requirements, whereby certain agencies specified in a policy to be issued by the Premier will be obliged to publish regularly requested information (e.g. credit card statements, travel expenditure) without any person needing to make an FOI application for that information;
  • “Disclosure log” requirements, whereby specified agencies will need to maintain publicly available records detailing specified information regarding FOI applications made to the agency;
  • Amendments to the objects of the FOI Act and the public interest balancing test, designed to create a presumption in favour of disclosure in some cases;
  • Increasing time limits for dealing with applications and internal reviews;
  • Providing further grounds and clarity regarding the circumstances in which an agency can refuse to deal with an application;
  • Stronger powers for the Ombudsman as external reviewer, including the power to refer a matter back to the agency for a new determination.
 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

LGA Training intends to provide training on the amendments to the FOI Act after the Bill passes the Parliament and before the changes commence.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Frivolous & Vexatious Complaints

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Governance Officers, Freedom of Information Officers 

 

Overview

Members of the public are entitled to complain. Members of the public are also able to express dissatisfaction in other ways, such as through requests for reviews of decisions or (in some cases) freedom of information applications. However, councils are entitled to refuse to deal with complaints, requests and applications if there is a proper basis for doing so. Generally, if a complaint, request or application is ‘frivolous’ or ‘vexatious’, this will be an appropriate basis to refuse to deal with the matter.

Therefore, council staff members must be able to identify when a matter is in fact ‘frivolous’ or ‘vexatious’, and must know what rights and obligations the council has in respect of dealing with such matters.

 

Key Learnings

  • The legislative basis of councils’ obligations to deal with complaints;
  • What constitutes a frivolous or vexatious complaint;
  • How to appropriately deal with or refuse to deal with frivolous or vexatious complaints;
  • What sorts of matters apart from complaints can be refused on the basis of being frivolous or vexatious;
  • Foreshadowed amendments to freedom of information legislation which will expressly introduce the concept of ‘frivolous or vexatious’ freedom of information applications;
  • Requirements relating to council policies and procedures.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

ICAC Overview - Maladministration, Misconduct, Corruption for Officers

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

All council employees

 

Overview

As public officers, council employees must be aware of, and comply with their obligations pursuant to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA) (‘ICAC Act’).

This session will explain the primary objects of the ICAC Act, what constitutes maladministration, misconduct and corruption in public administration, the reporting obligations of public officers and implications of breaches.

 

Key Learnings

  • Role of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption 
  • Definitions of, and real-life examples of maladministration, misconduct and corruption in public administration
  • Obligations of public officers pursuant to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA)
  • Reporting obligations under the ICAC framework
  • Implications of breaches, including criminal sanctions

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Land Division – Infrastructure Delivery

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Development Officers; Infrastructure Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the fundamental legal concepts that council officers encounter in infrastructure delivery for land divisions.  This open training forum will provide participants with the confidence to navigate the basics of land division in development authorisations and related concepts such as bonding and open space, whilst ensuring council’s interests are protected in the delivery of infrastructure related to such land divisions. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the legal framework for land division, bonding and open space;
  • Explanation of infrastructure delivery mechanisms for councils;
  • Practical guidance for councils on infrastructure delivery connected with land divisions;
  • Information sharing between councils (particularly on recent developer trends).

 

Facilitator

Rebecca McAulay, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Having worked in the public sector Rebecca is well positioned to appreciate the internal context within local governments, statutory authorities, state government departments, redevelopment authorities and universities. Rebecca’s range of experience both in the public sector and in-house, has lead her to prepare and deliver enriching training sessions and workshops for many years.

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Land Management Agreements

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Property Officers, Development Officers, Infrastructure Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the fundamental concepts that underpin land management agreements and the lessons to be learnt from the interpretation of land management agreements by the courts. This open training forum will provide participants with the confidence to navigate the basics of land management agreements within the council setting. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the fundamental legal requirements of land management agreements;
  • An overview of the case law applicable to land management agreements;
  • Practical guidance for councils on land management agreements;
  • Information sharing between councils.

 

Facilitator

Rebecca McAulay, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Having worked in the public sector Rebecca is well positioned to appreciate the internal context within local governments, statutory authorities, state government departments, redevelopment authorities and universities. Rebecca’s range of experience both in the public sector and in-house, has lead her to prepare and deliver enriching training sessions and workshops for many years.

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Legislative Tools for Managing Bushfire Risk

Legal

Duration: 2 half days (9:30am - 12:30pm) 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Webinar 

 

Target Audience

Fire Prevention Officers, Team Leaders, Managers, Chief Executive Officers, Elected Members and all staff involved in fire prevention.

 

Overview

The LGA in conjunction with Norman Waterhouse Lawyers invite you to this one day training to address Council legislative responsibilities in bushfire risk management.

This training session will provide participants with tools to manage fire risks and assist councils in understanding their role and responsibilities with respect to fire prevention.  We will facilitate a comprehensive discussion regarding the powers and enforcement options available to councils under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 and other legislative instruments.

 

Key Learnings

  • Council obligations regarding fire prevention
  • Inspection process
  • Notice issuing process
  • Council powers with respect to:
    • council land
    • private land
    • federal land 
    • crown land
  • Interaction between the FES Act and other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Life's a Beach - The Role of a Council in Managing the Foreshore

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Chief  Executive Officers, Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers

 

Overview

To provide a summary of councils’ obligations in managing foreshores and the legal status of foreshores within a council’s area.  The course will provide participants with a summary of available enforcement powers for a breach of by-laws, the Local Government Act 1999 and various road traffic offences relating to foreshores. 

The half day session will also discuss the relationship between various legislation, including the Harbors and Navigation Act 1993, and how to control access to foreshores by animals under human control.  This will be run as an open forum where participants may ask questions and seek guidance and advice in relation to foreshores. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Council responsibilities in managing foreshores
  • Local government authority and legal status of foreshores
  • Powers of enforcement
  • Use of by-laws
  • Controlling access to foreshores
  • Interaction with other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.
 
The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Liquor Licensing

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 ?incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Planning Officers, Compliance Officers.
 

 

Overview

This course will provide an overview of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 procedures for dealing with applications for liquor licenses. 
 

 

Key Learnings

  • The statutory provisions in the Liquor Licensing Act
  • The procedures relating to applications
  • Breaches of the Liquor Licensing Act
  • Conditions of a licence and what can be done
  • Gathering evidence regarding non compliance
  • The role of the Council
  • The relationship between planning controls and liquor licensing 
  • Tips to follow and traps to avoid
 

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal - Governance and Regulatory Services - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Principal in the firm’s specialist Local Government Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services Team and his straightforward and pragmatic approach to legal practice delivers direct and satisfying results for his wide range of clients.  Paul’s experience includes governance, policy advice, administrative law issues and statutory interpretation. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.
 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.


 

Local Government Property Management

Legal

Duration:  Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Asset managers and property officers

 

Overview

Councils are responsible for managing large property portfolios that are occupied by a broad range of tenants and users. Where properties are used by third party occupiers, a lease is put in place between the council as ‘landlord’ and the third party as ‘tenant’.
 
Because a lease forms the basis of a legal relationship, it is important that it is clear regarding the responsibilities of each party. It is important to outline the responsibilities and obligations of the tenant and be sure that the staff tasked with managing the property portfolios (and administering the leases) have an understanding of fundamental leasing principles and concepts.

 

Key Learnings

  • What are the key characteristics of a lease?
  • What Acts and Regulations do you need to be aware of?
  • Lease v’s Management Agreement – what are the key differences?
  • The utility of standard terms and special conditions
  • When does a lease commence?
  • Rent and rent review mechanisms
  • Outgoings, and the recovery of outgoings from tenant
  • Common tenant obligations
  • Common landlord obligations
  • End of lease obligations
  • Key risk issues to be aware of during the negotiation of a lease

 

Facilitator

Lisa Hubbard, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure & Commercial & Native Title – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Lisa is an experienced property lawyer with particular expertise in local government real property and infrastructure assets and native title. Lisa has also acted for local government, native title holders, pastoral lease holders and mining industry participants in matters involving native title, Aboriginal heritage and land access. Lisa’s knowledge and understanding allows her to present training sessions, workshops and seminars to both metropolitan and regional councils.

Taara Kennedy, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure & Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Taara has extensive experience in property law matters involving Crown land, community land, native title, Aboriginal heritage and administrative law, as well as negotiation and drafting of complex agreements and settlements. Taara is an engaging and interactive speaker and has been presenting at a range of different training sessions and seminars for several years.  

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Managing Roads

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council Officers who manage made and unmade roads and administer authorisations and permits.

 

Overview

This course will provide an overview of Sections 221, 222 and 224 of the Local Government Act 1999 and the demands faced by councils when assessing and managing roads and road reserves including footpaths.

The course will also cover council's powers to carry out roadwork and recover costs including:
  • Moveable signs
  • Removal of objects
  • Street trees
  • Damage to roads
  • Managing development on adjoining roads including access.

Participants will gain an understanding of procedures to be followed, the legal risks involved and the competing views of the general public.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

Lisa Hubbard, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure & Commercial & Native Title – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Lisa is an experienced property lawyer with particular expertise in local government real property and infrastructure assets and native title. Lisa has also acted for local government, native title holders, pastoral lease holders and mining industry participants in matters involving native title, Aboriginal heritage and land access. Lisa’s knowledge and understanding allows her to present training sessions, workshops and seminars to both metropolitan and regional councils.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.
 

 

Parking Enforcement – From an Expiation Notice to the Supreme Court

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of these areas

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the Australian Road Rules and the Road Traffic Act 1961 and summarise council’s responsibilities in parking enforcement.  The course will also provide participants with an understanding of the relationship between the Australian Road Rules and the Private Parking Areas Act 1986. 

This half day session will assist participants in understanding their powers of enforcement under various road traffic legislation and provide tips for evidence gathering, record keeping, preparing matters for trial and appearing in court as a witness.

 

Key Learnings

  • Summary of the Australian Road Rules, Road Traffic Act 1961 and Private Parking Areas Act 1986
  • Issuing of expiation notices
  • Statutory declarations
  • Evidence gathering and record keeping
  • Elections to be prosecuted and commencing prosecution proceedings
  • Witness preparation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Performance Management and Absenteeism

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Managers and CEOs

 

Overview

An underperforming or absent employee has a direct negative impact on the productivity and effectiveness of council business. At times, tough decisions need to be made to performance manage or discipline employees who are consistently underperforming or absent from the workplace.

This session will outline the process for managing underperforming or absent employees, and the process of moving an employee out of the organisation where his/her performance does not improve.  

 

Key Learnings

  • How to manage underperforming employees;
  • Legitimate absenteeism versus illegitimate and long-term absenteeism;
  • How and when to take further action; and
  • Dealing with disputes. 

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.    

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 & Regulations - Advanced

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

This training is beneficial for Assessment Managers, Accredited Professionals and other Development Assessment staff who have a general familiarity with the new assessment regime but wish to further development their skills and understanding of new concepts and processes.

 

Overview

This program will assist participants to advance their understanding of the new governance and assessment regime by participating in this interactive workshop where participants will gain a practical and enhanced knowledge of the new statutory processes, concepts and the application of the Planning and Design Code.

This training will build upon the PDI Act Essentials course for Development Assessment staff with an existing knowledge of the fundamentals of the new system. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Delegations and governance arrangements;
  • The role of the Assessment Manager;
  • The review of Assessment Manager decisions;
  • Interpreting and applying the Planning and Design Code, including an analysis of its structure and new land use definitions;
  • Change of use of land – new concepts;
  • Deemed to satisfy assessments and minor variations;
  • Performance assessed development;
  • Conditions and reserved matters;
  • Code of Conduct obligations
  • The Accredited Professionals Scheme
  • Appeals and reviews to the Environment, Resources and Development Court;
  • Amendments to Sections 221 & 222 of the Local Government Act 1999 and the implications for proposed work or business uses in the public realm.

Attendees can also work through example development applications and scenarios so that they are fully equipped to operate under the new assessment regime and will have useful reference material to take away as an operational aid in the future.

 

Facilitator

Gavin Leydon, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Gavin leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team and is a specialist in property development, urban and regional planning, environmental and administrative law. Gavin has been extensively involved in planning system reform and the transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act regime, including the provision of advice to State and local government, the LGA and training to the sector.

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 & Regulations - Essentials

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

This training is essential for all:
  • Development Assessment staff;
  • Assessment Managers;
  • Assessment Panel Members;
  • Para-planners;
  • Lodgement Officers;
  • Administrative staff who support Development Assessment.

 

Overview

After this session you will have an understanding of the essentials relating to the new lodgement, assessment and determination regime for applications for development authorisation under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and associated procedural requirements of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017.

 

Key Learnings

The training will cover the essential processes associated with the new assessment framework including:
  • Assessment pathways;
  • Relevant authorities;
  • Application and lodgement requirements;
  • The verification process;
  • Further information requests;
  • Referrals;
  • Public notification and consultation processes;
  • Requirements under relevant Practice Directions;
  • Assessment timeframes;
  • Deemed consents;
  • Notification of decisions;
  • Conditions and reserved matters;
  • Variations;
  • Private certification processes;
  • Review of Assessment Manager decisions
  • Appeals and reviews to the Environment, Resources and Development Court.

 

Facilitator

Gavin Leydon, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Gavin leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team and is a specialist in property development, urban and regional planning, environmental and administrative law. Gavin has been extensively involved in planning system reform and the transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act regime, including the provision of advice to State and local government, the LGA and training to the sector.

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Powers, Purpose and Process By-laws

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Chief Executive Officers and Authorised Persons

 

Overview

The course will provide participants with an overview of the fundamental legal concepts of by-laws and powers for enforcing by-laws.  Participants will expand their understanding of the Local Government Act 1999 and the concepts that underpin local government by-laws.  This full day course will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice in relation to specific by-laws.

 

Key Learnings

  • Local Government Act 1999
  • Requirements of by-laws
  • Reports to the Legislative Review Committee 
  • Enacting by-laws
  • Enforcing by-laws

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Property Law for Planners

Legal

Duration: Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Planning and Development Officers; Development Compliance Officers; Infrastructure Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the fundamental property law concepts that council officers encounter that are most relevant in a planning context.  This open training forum will provide participants with the confidence to navigate the basics of property law within a council development assessment or strategic planning setting. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of commonly used property terminology; 
  • Explanation of fundamental property law concepts applicable to councils, as particularly relevant to development assessment and strategic planning; 
  • Practical guidance for councils on property matters within a planning context; 
  • Information sharing between councils.

 

Facilitator

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

Aden Miegel, Senior Associate- Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Since joining Norman Waterhouse, Aden, as part of the Environment and Planning Team, advises both local government and private clients on a wide variety of matters arising under the Development Act 1993, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and other legislation that is relevant to planning and development. Aden enjoys delivering training and education to our clients and the industry, which includes a nationally accredited training course in a Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning).

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Section 184: Sale of Land for Non-Payment of Rates

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council Rate Officers and Finance Staff

 

Overview

This workshop will outline the statutory scheme under the Local Government Act 1999 which enables a council to sell land where rates on the land have been in arrears for three years or more. It will include discussion on the legislative requirements needed to undertake the sale process and review the preparation of a template notice that complies with the requirements of the Act.  

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  
 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Section 41: Committee Member Training for Community Members

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Community Members involved in Council Section 41 Committees. Council Officers involved in such Committees are also welcome to attend.

 

Overview

This course will highlight the legislative responsibilities of Section 41 Committees. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Functions and duties of the Committee and general duties of Committee members under Section 41 of the Local Government Act 1999, including misuse of information under Section 62 of the Local Government Act 1999 and consideration of the offence provisions that apply to Committee members
  • Meeting procedures and the application of the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2000 on meetings of Committees performing regulatory activities and the availability of Sections 90 and 91
  • Reporting to Council and the formation of recommendations including the reporting and accountability obligations of Committees to the Council, particularly the delivery of recommendations that have been formed by a Committee
  • Conflict of interest including a laypersons overview of the conflict of interest provisions in the Local Government Act 1999 and the application of those provisions to members of Council Committees. 
  • This will include consideration of what a prescribed interest is, when a prescribed interest will arise, and what the individual committee member must do in that event.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice D’Agostino assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. Felice takes a practical and solutions based approach to representing her clients and assisting them to deal with competing pressures. As a Principal in Norman Waterhouse’s Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services team Felice specialises in governance and public administration and is committed to assisting her clients to make defensible decisions that will withstand scrutiny. 

Dale Mazzachi, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Dale Mazzachi focuses his attention on developing his client's practical understanding of the important roles governance and regulation play in helping their organisations successfully deliver for their communities.  He now practices as a Principal in the firm’s Local Government Employment, Governance & Regulatory Services Team.  Dale’s regulatory experience includes animal management and control, public health, food safety, public realm and traffic management, liquor licensing, by-laws and regulations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Section 7: Statements Managing Enquiries

Legal

Duration: Half day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Planning Officers and Administrative Officers responsible for providing information for Section 7 statements and their Managers.

 

Overview

This course will assist Councils to meet their statutory obligations under the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 and Regulations 2010, when requested to provide information as a result of enquiries in relation to the sale of land. A consistent and well-informed approach benefits Councils in terms of resource management and dealings with members of the public and the property industry.
 
The currency and accuracy of information provided for these enquiries is critical. Vendors and purchasers of land in negotiating and concluding sales rely on information that is provided by Councils. Inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information that is relied upon to the detriment of the purchaser and/or vendor may result in the Form 1 statement being invalid, or have other unintended consequences resulting in loss or damage to the parties. This may give rise to claims against Councils. 

 

Key Learnings

  • How Section 7 statements fit within the overall context of sale of land transactions
  • Statutory obligations of Councils when responding to Section 7 enquiries, including updates required as a result of legislative changes, such as those relating to site contamination
  • How to develop and improve skills of officers responsible for answering enquiries and managing the enquiry process
  • How to transfer and maintain the skills acquired at this course to other Council Officers.

 

Facilitator

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

Caroline Smith, Associate - Property, Development & Conveyancing - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Caroline currently assists clients with a wide range of property transactions including the acquisition and disposal of commercial property, land divisions, leases and licences. Caroline is an excellent communicator and this skill is very evident when she provides training sessions on property related matters and transactions.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  
 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.
 

 

Site Contamination

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Environmental/Sustainability Officers; and Managers in these areas.

 

Overview

This course is designed to give an overview of the key issues and considerations associated with site contamination. It will summarise the statutory framework, including the role and functions of the environmental regulator (the EPA) and the various legal obligations arising under the Environment Protection Act 1993. It will also give participants an opportunity to discuss practical issues arising in the course of property transactions involving contaminated or potentially contaminated land, and proposed changes to the development assessment and referral process under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the relevant statutory framework
  • Explanation of how the statutory framework interacts with general contractual law principles
  • Explanation of the role of the EPA
  • Discussion of how the various legal principles are applied in practice, and how practitioners can identify and manage risk associated with contaminated sites.

 

Facilitator

Peter Psaltis, Principal - Environment, planning and development - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Peter advises and represents government and private clients in his areas of specialty, including town planning and development, land management, environment protection, site contamination, compulsory acquisition, property and infrastructure related matters. Peter has an extensive history in presenting at Local Government conferences and he also lectures and tutors Environmental Law topics in the University of Adelaide / Law Society of South Australia Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice course.

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Supported Residential Facilities – Council as a Licensing Authority

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Environmental Health Officers and Managers

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992 and the responsibilities of the council in enforcing the Act.  The course will also provide participants with an understanding of the requirements of Supported Residential Facilities (SRFs) and factors the council must take into consideration when determining to issue or renew a SRF licence.  

 

Key Learnings

  • Council obligations regarding SRFs
  • EHO responsibilities and council powers
  • Investigative processes and powers of EHOs
  • Amendments to the Act under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020
  • Notice issuing process
  • Interaction with other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Traffic Control Regulations & Authorisations Training

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council staff involved in making and/or managing delegations and authorisations and other general governance responsibilities; with delegations or authorisations under the Instrument; and with traffic management responsibilities.

 

Overview

This training will address the Instrument of General Approval and Delegation to Councils for the Use of Traffic Control Devices, Road Closure and Granting of Exemptions for Events under the Road Traffic Act 1961 from the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, dated 22 August 2013 (the Instrument).
 
The Instrument:
  • Grants general approvals from the Minister to councils to exercise certain powers, subject to certain conditions;
  • Delegates powers from the Minister to councils (being a power to grant approvals, thus enabling councils to grant certain approvals of their own, and a power to declare events, which entails powers to close roads and to grant exemptions from certain Australian Road Rules), subject to certain conditions;
  • Permits sub delegation of powers by councils, subject to certain conditions;
  • Provides for the appointment by the Chief Executive Officer of authorised for the purpose of discharging powers for which general approval has been granted to a council (‘sub-authorisations’) and for the purpose of discharging powers which the council has delegated authority to exercise;
  • Requires a council to identify by resolution one or more persons who is/are, in the opinion of the council, an experienced traffic engineering practitioner for purpose of preparing traffic impact statements;
  • requires the appointment of an authorised officer for the purpose of endorsing traffic impact statements;
  • Involves requirements to notify and seek the concurrence of other parties in certain circumstances (including adjoining councils, the Commissioner of Highways, the Commissioner of Police, and other emergency and traffic-related State Government instrumentalities);
  • Refers to external documents and requires councils to comply with those documents; and imposes record-keeping requirements.

 

Key Learnings

  • The nature of the powers which a council is able to exercise under the Instrument, and the conditions and obligations imposed by the Instrument;
  • The legal basis upon which a council is able to exercise its various powers under the Instrument;
  • The distinction between those powers for which a council is granted general approval, and those powers for which it is the delegate of the Minister;
  • The distinction between authorisations (including ‘sub-authorisations’) and subdelegations;
  • How to properly document and implement authorisations and subdelegations under the Instrument; and
  • Some of the fundamental technical requirements applying to traffic control devices.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

Dale Mazzachi, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
With a passion for public sector governance and regulatory control, Dale has been helping councils and other local authorities to govern, protect and enhance their local communities for over 10 years. Dale frequently presents workshops and training sessions for a wide variety of public sector clients and lectures in environmental health law at Flinders University.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Trees and the Law

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Planning, Policy and Compliance Officers and Council Arborists.

 

Overview

This one-day course will be presented in three parts. The first part will explore the common law relating to trees, and Councils' obligations and powers under the Local Government Act 1999. Liability issues will also be discussed.
 
The second part will provide an overview of trees in a development context. In particular, this session will focus on the regulated tree provisions of the Development Act 1993, Development Plan policy and recent case law in relation to the assessment of development applications involving tree-damaging activity.
 
The third part will then examine compliance issues and enforcement under the Development Act 1993 and/or the Local Government Act 1999.

 

Key Learnings

  • Regulated trees v significant trees - what is the difference?
  • A two tier system for assessment
  • Policy making with respect to trees
  • Section 221 permits under the Local Government Act 1999
  • Significant tree prosecutions
  • Case law review
  • Enforcement under the Development Act 1993 and/or the Local Government Act 1999 liability risks.

 

Facilitator

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Unfair Dismissals

Legal

Duration: Half Day  
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Directors, General Managers and CEOs

 

Overview

This course provides a breakdown of what constitutes an ‘unfair dismissal’ at law. We will discuss what a Court or Tribunal would consider a if an unfair dismissal claim is brought against a Council and provide guidance and information to assist with defending a claim. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Unfair dismissals under the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA);
  • Application of Awards and enterprise agreements;
  • Harsh, unjust and unreasonable explained;
  • Procedural and substantive fairness explained;
  • Evidence and proof on the balance of probabilities; and
  • Resolving disputes and entering into a Deed of Settlement and Release. 

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Unsolicited Bids and Major Projects Governance Masterclass

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Governance Officers, Property Officers & Planning Officers and Managers

 

Overview

Councils are passionate about strengthening their communities and supporting projects that will do this. Councils are increasingly seeking out opportunities to fund major projects in their areas and being approached by the private sector with proposals for new and expanded business opportunities for their areas. 

This master class has developed to provide Council officers and managers with the tools they need to be forward thinking and ready to respond to opportunities as they present, whilst also being mindful of, and complying with, all legislative responsibilities.  

 

Key Learnings

This master class will examine a board range of matters relating to good governance of unsolicited bids and major project management – from the initial proposal stage through to sign off.  This includes:
 
  • Due diligence: knowing what and who you are dealing with.
  • Unsolicited bids and section 49 policies: how to invite opportunities whilst also balancing transparency and accountability requirements.  
  • Community land management plans: how to use these to your advantage whilst complying with legislative requirements.  
  • Disposal of assets: legislative requirements and timing considerations.  
  • Report writing: getting it right, the first time.  
  • Delegations: when and how they can be used.
  • Better document negotiation and drafting: tips and traps.
  • Special meetings: when and how to use them to meet project deadlines.
  • Dealing with external agencies: when and how to get them involved.
  • Confidentiality orders: when and how to use them.
  • Section 270 reviews: what to do when a review is sought.
  • Informal consultation and gatherings: when and how to use them and what the new legislative requirements require.  
  • Funding agreements: tips and traps..

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

Mabel Tam, Principal - Property, Infrastructure & Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Mabel is a commercial and property lawyer specialising in local government major projects. With expertise across a diverse spectrum of areas, Mabel is best placed to assist Councils with strategic, commercial and property advice. With a passion for local government and extensive experience presenting to councils, Mabel is a trusted adviser for metropolitan and regional councils.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Workplace Investigations and Procedural Fairness

Legal

Duration: Half Day  
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Directors, Managers, Team Leaders and CEOs

 

Overview

This training session will provide a step-by-step guide on how to conduct a procedurally fair workplace investigation in relation to any complaints or misconduct of staff to ensure that council complies with the principles of procedural fairness and natural justice.  

 

Key Learnings

  • How to structure a procedurally fair workplace investigation;
  • The pitfalls and traps of employers and how to avoid them;
  • The balance of probabilities; and 
  • Dealing with disputes. 

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

2General

Authorised Officers Training

Legal

Duration: Half day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Authorised Officers, Customer Service Officers and Managers and staff dealing with Dog and Cat Management.

 

Overview

This training session has been developed for Authorised Officers, including Customer Services Offices and all staff dealing with Animal Management. It has been updated since the changes to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and references the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016, the Local Government Act 1999, the Fire and Emergency Act 2005 and the Expiation of Offences Act 1996.

 

Key Learnings

  • Relevant Legislation updates
  • Information about:
  • Appointments
  • Jurisdiction
  • Powers
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Officers
  • SOP's
  • Communication
  • Expiation Notices
  • Evidence Gathering
  • Statement Taking

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Conducting an Internal Review: Full Program

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Governance officers/managers and CEOs or council staff that deal with or undertake internal reviews
 

 

Overview

‘Conducting an Internal Review’ is a 2-part program.
 

 

Part 1
Gives participants an ‘overview’ on how to conduct internal reviews pursuant to Section 270 of the Local Government Act 1999. It will include all issues that should be considered and addressed as part of the Section 270 process. The program will examine relevant legislative previsions and discuss the Ombudsman’s recommendations arising from his audit of Council’s internal reviews of council decisions procedure. All aspects of Section 270 internal reviews will be discussed including merits review, process reviews, procedural fairness, sufficient interest, use of panels/committees, vexatious applications and circumstances when a council may refuse to deal with a Section 270 internal review application.
 

 

Part 2
This program is an interactive workshop. Participants will work through a hypothetical Section 270 application considering the points below and prepare a report on the results.
  • Whether the application is frivolous or vexatious;
  • Whether the applicant has a sufficient interest;
  • How to conduct the internal review;
  • What information should form part of the internal review
  • Who should be the reviewer;
 

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  
 

 

Additional Information

If you choose not to attend this interactive workshop but are interested in attending part 1 only (available via face 2 face & webinar) please click here.  

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.
 

Conducting an Internal Review: Part 1

Legal

Duration: Half day (9:30am - 12:30pm) 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Governance officers/managers and CEOs or council staff that deal with or undertake internal reviews
 

 

Overview

‘Conducting an Internal Review’ is a 2-part program.

 

Part 1
Gives participants an ‘overview’ on how to conduct internal reviews pursuant to Section 270 of the Local Government Act 1999. It will include all issues that should be considered and addressed as part of the Section 270 process.

The program will examine relevant legislative previsions and discuss the Ombudsman’s recommendations arising from his audit of Council’s internal reviews of council decisions procedure. 
 

 

Key Learnings

All aspects of Section 270 internal reviews will be discussed including:
  • Merits review
  • Process reviews
  • Procedural fairness
  • Sufficient interest
  • Use of panels/committees
  • Vexatious applications and circumstances when a council may refuse to deal with a Section 270 internal review application.

 

Facilitator

Felice D'Agostino, Principal, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Felice D’Agostino assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. Felice takes a practical and solutions-based approach to representing her clients and assisting them to deal with competing pressures. As a Principal in Norman Waterhouse’s Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services team Felice specialises in governance and public administration and is committed to assisting her clients to make defensible decisions that will withstand scrutiny.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia. Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

 

Additional Information

If you would like to attend the full day program (which includes an interactive workshop) please click here.
If you have already completed Part 1, click here to enrol for Part 2.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.



 

Conducting an Internal Review: Part 2

Legal

Duration: Half day (1:30pm - 4:30pm) 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face only

 

Target Audience

Governance officers/managers and CEOs or council staff that deal with or undertake internal reviews

 

Overview

‘Conducting an Internal Review’ is a 2-part program. Part 2 is an interactive workshop designed to work through a hypothetical Section 270 application.

 

Key Learnings

Part 2
Participants will need to consider the points below and prepare a report on the results:
  • Whether the application is frivolous or vexatious;
  • Whether the applicant has a sufficient interest;
  • How to conduct the internal review?
  • What information should form part of the internal review?
  • Who should be the reviewer?

 

Facilitator

Felice D'Agostino, Principal, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Felice D’Agostino assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. Felice takes a practical and solutions-based approach to representing her clients and assisting them to deal with competing pressures. As a Principal in Norman Waterhouse’s Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services team Felice specialises in governance and public administration and is committed to assisting her clients to make defensible decisions that will withstand scrutiny.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia. Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

A prerequisite for this session is: Conducting an Internal Review: Part 1

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

 

Contract Law

Legal

Duration: Half day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

All contract management and procurement staff and staff that draft and negotiate contracts or undertake procurement processes on behalf of councils. 
(i.e. CEO’s, procurement and contract management officers, governance officers, property and asset staff)

 

 

Overview

Part 1 of this full day program is an information session that addresses the following general Contract Law principles:

 

  • Types of contracts;
  • Express terms v's implied terms;
  • Boiler plate clauses;
  • The 10 most common contractual issues.

 
The discussion of general Contract Law principles will focus on and reference clauses from the Local Government Association Procurement template contracts.
 

 

Facilitator

Mabel Tam, Principal - Property, Infrastructure & Commercial 
Mabel is a commercial and property lawyer specialising in local government major projects. With expertise across a diverse spectrum of areas, Mabel is best placed to assist Councils with strategic, commercial and property advice. With a passion for local government and extensive experience presenting to councils, Mabel is a trusted adviser for metropolitan and regional councils.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

 

Additional Information

Please Note: This training is part one of a two part, the full day training program 'Contract Law and Workshop'. For further information about the full day program please click here.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Council and Committee Meeting Agenda and Minute Preparation

Legal

Duration: Half day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Executive and/or Personal Assistants and Administration Officers.
 

 

Overview

The Local Government Act 1999 and the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 provide for the conduct of Council and Council Committee meetings and the preparation of minutes and agendas.
 

 

Key Learnings

  • Gain an increased understanding of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1999 and the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 in relation to notice of meetings, agendas and minutes; and
  • Develop skills in the preparation of notices of meetings, agendas and the recording and preparation of minutes.
 

 

Facilitator

?Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice D’Agostino assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. Felice takes a practical and solutions based approach to representing her clients and assisting them to deal with competing pressures. As a Principal in Norman Waterhouse’s Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services team Felice specialises in governance and public administration and is committed to assisting her clients to make defensible decisions that will withstand scrutiny. 

Dale Mazzachi, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Dale Mazzachi focuses his attention on developing his client's practical understanding of the important roles governance and regulation play in helping their organisations successfully deliver for their communities.  He now practices as a Principal in the firm’s Local Government Employment, Governance & Regulatory Services Team.  Dale’s regulatory experience includes animal management and control, public health, food safety, public realm and traffic management, liquor licensing, by-laws and regulations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Council and Committee Meeting Procedure

Governance

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

New and returning council members, council committee members, CEO, Governance Officers, Executives, Personal Assistants, Administration Officers.
 

Overview

The Local Government Act 1999 and the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013 provide for the conduct of Council and Council Committee meetings. This session breaks down the meeting procedures to assist council and committees to conduct more efficient and productive meetings.
 

 

Key Learnings

  • Legislative requirements regarding council an committee meetings under the Local Government Act 1999 and the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013
  • The application of the provisions of the Act and the Regulations in relation to procedures at Council and Council Committee meetings
  • Roles and responsibilities of those attending council and committee meetings
  • Knowledge and skills required to contribute effectively to the decision making processes
 

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.

 

Council Development Assessment Panels Agenda and Minute Preparation

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Council Officers responsible for the preparation of Council Development Assessment Panel meeting agendas and minutes.
 

 

Overview

This workshop will provide an overview of the following aspects of Council Assessment Panels under the Planning Development and Infrastructure Act:
  • Meeting procedures including quorum, voting and how decisions are made;
  • Preparation and content of minutes, agendas and notices of meetings;
  • Role of the presiding member and tips for effective chairing;
  • Professional indemnity for members;
  • Code of conduct 

This workshop will also provide a general overview of:
  • Planning Development and Infrastructure Act;
  • Role of ERD Court;
  • Role of SCAP;
  • Matters deferred

 

Key Learnings

  • Gain an increased understanding of not only the provisions of the Development Act 1993 but also legally compliant best practice in relation to Council Development Panel notice of meetings, agendas and minutes; and
  • Develop skills in the preparation of Council Development Assessment Panel notices of meetings, agendas and the recording and preparation of minutes.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice D’Agostino assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. Felice takes a practical and solutions based approach to representing her clients and assisting them to deal with competing pressures. As a Principal in Norman Waterhouse’s Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services team Felice specialises in governance and public administration and is committed to assisting her clients to make defensible decisions that will withstand scrutiny. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Freedom of Information (FOI) Update

Legal

Duration: Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Governance staff, Records management staff and CEO's 

 

Overview

The Freedom of Information (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020 (FOI Amendment Bill) proposes the most extensive changes to South Australia’s freedom of information (FOI) laws since the Freedom of Information Act 1991 (FOI Act) was enacted nearly 30 years ago. The changes range from small miscellaneous amendments to much more significant reforms which bring the FOI Act more closely into alignment with other jurisdictions which underwent similar reforms roughly a decade ago.

 

Key Learnings

The FOI Amendment Bill which has now been introduced into Parliament. Some of the key proposals are as follows:
  • “Proactive disclosure” requirements, whereby certain agencies specified in a policy to be issued by the Premier will be obliged to publish regularly requested information (e.g. credit card statements, travel expenditure) without any person needing to make an FOI application for that information;
  • “Disclosure log” requirements, whereby specified agencies will need to maintain publicly available records detailing specified information regarding FOI applications made to the agency;
  • Amendments to the objects of the FOI Act and the public interest balancing test, designed to create a presumption in favour of disclosure in some cases;
  • Increasing time limits for dealing with applications and internal reviews;
  • Providing further grounds and clarity regarding the circumstances in which an agency can refuse to deal with an application;
  • Stronger powers for the Ombudsman as external reviewer, including the power to refer a matter back to the agency for a new determination.
 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

LGA Training intends to provide training on the amendments to the FOI Act after the Bill passes the Parliament and before the changes commence.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Frivolous & Vexatious Complaints

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Governance Officers, Freedom of Information Officers 

 

Overview

Members of the public are entitled to complain. Members of the public are also able to express dissatisfaction in other ways, such as through requests for reviews of decisions or (in some cases) freedom of information applications. However, councils are entitled to refuse to deal with complaints, requests and applications if there is a proper basis for doing so. Generally, if a complaint, request or application is ‘frivolous’ or ‘vexatious’, this will be an appropriate basis to refuse to deal with the matter.

Therefore, council staff members must be able to identify when a matter is in fact ‘frivolous’ or ‘vexatious’, and must know what rights and obligations the council has in respect of dealing with such matters.

 

Key Learnings

  • The legislative basis of councils’ obligations to deal with complaints;
  • What constitutes a frivolous or vexatious complaint;
  • How to appropriately deal with or refuse to deal with frivolous or vexatious complaints;
  • What sorts of matters apart from complaints can be refused on the basis of being frivolous or vexatious;
  • Foreshadowed amendments to freedom of information legislation which will expressly introduce the concept of ‘frivolous or vexatious’ freedom of information applications;
  • Requirements relating to council policies and procedures.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Legislative Tools for Managing Bushfire Risk

Legal

Duration: 2 half days (9:30am - 12:30pm) 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Webinar 

 

Target Audience

Fire Prevention Officers, Team Leaders, Managers, Chief Executive Officers, Elected Members and all staff involved in fire prevention.

 

Overview

The LGA in conjunction with Norman Waterhouse Lawyers invite you to this one day training to address Council legislative responsibilities in bushfire risk management.

This training session will provide participants with tools to manage fire risks and assist councils in understanding their role and responsibilities with respect to fire prevention.  We will facilitate a comprehensive discussion regarding the powers and enforcement options available to councils under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 and other legislative instruments.

 

Key Learnings

  • Council obligations regarding fire prevention
  • Inspection process
  • Notice issuing process
  • Council powers with respect to:
    • council land
    • private land
    • federal land 
    • crown land
  • Interaction between the FES Act and other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Liquor Licensing

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 ?incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Planning Officers, Compliance Officers.
 

 

Overview

This course will provide an overview of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 procedures for dealing with applications for liquor licenses. 
 

 

Key Learnings

  • The statutory provisions in the Liquor Licensing Act
  • The procedures relating to applications
  • Breaches of the Liquor Licensing Act
  • Conditions of a licence and what can be done
  • Gathering evidence regarding non compliance
  • The role of the Council
  • The relationship between planning controls and liquor licensing 
  • Tips to follow and traps to avoid
 

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal - Governance and Regulatory Services - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Principal in the firm’s specialist Local Government Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services Team and his straightforward and pragmatic approach to legal practice delivers direct and satisfying results for his wide range of clients.  Paul’s experience includes governance, policy advice, administrative law issues and statutory interpretation. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.
 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.


 

Local Government Property Management

Legal

Duration:  Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Asset managers and property officers

 

Overview

Councils are responsible for managing large property portfolios that are occupied by a broad range of tenants and users. Where properties are used by third party occupiers, a lease is put in place between the council as ‘landlord’ and the third party as ‘tenant’.
 
Because a lease forms the basis of a legal relationship, it is important that it is clear regarding the responsibilities of each party. It is important to outline the responsibilities and obligations of the tenant and be sure that the staff tasked with managing the property portfolios (and administering the leases) have an understanding of fundamental leasing principles and concepts.

 

Key Learnings

  • What are the key characteristics of a lease?
  • What Acts and Regulations do you need to be aware of?
  • Lease v’s Management Agreement – what are the key differences?
  • The utility of standard terms and special conditions
  • When does a lease commence?
  • Rent and rent review mechanisms
  • Outgoings, and the recovery of outgoings from tenant
  • Common tenant obligations
  • Common landlord obligations
  • End of lease obligations
  • Key risk issues to be aware of during the negotiation of a lease

 

Facilitator

Lisa Hubbard, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure & Commercial & Native Title – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Lisa is an experienced property lawyer with particular expertise in local government real property and infrastructure assets and native title. Lisa has also acted for local government, native title holders, pastoral lease holders and mining industry participants in matters involving native title, Aboriginal heritage and land access. Lisa’s knowledge and understanding allows her to present training sessions, workshops and seminars to both metropolitan and regional councils.

Taara Kennedy, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure & Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Taara has extensive experience in property law matters involving Crown land, community land, native title, Aboriginal heritage and administrative law, as well as negotiation and drafting of complex agreements and settlements. Taara is an engaging and interactive speaker and has been presenting at a range of different training sessions and seminars for several years.  

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Local Nuisance & Litter Control

Legal

Duration: 1 Day
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Authorised Officers, Environmental Health Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of these areas
 

 

Overview

This program provides an overview of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 (LNLC Act) and summarises the fundamental concepts that underpin the legislation (including role and powers of a council for managing nuisance, litter and illegal dumping).

The course will also provide participants with an understanding of the subjective nature of nuisance under the LNLC Act, evidentiary aids and tips for conducting investigations. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and an open forum session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.
 

 

Key Learnings

  • Council obligations and powers
  • Summary of the LNLC Act
  • Investigative processes and powers of authorised officers
  • Notice issuing process
  • Appeals process
  • Interaction with other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 
 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.
 

 

Managing Roads

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council Officers who manage made and unmade roads and administer authorisations and permits.

 

Overview

This course will provide an overview of Sections 221, 222 and 224 of the Local Government Act 1999 and the demands faced by councils when assessing and managing roads and road reserves including footpaths.

The course will also cover council's powers to carry out roadwork and recover costs including:
  • Moveable signs
  • Removal of objects
  • Street trees
  • Damage to roads
  • Managing development on adjoining roads including access.

Participants will gain an understanding of procedures to be followed, the legal risks involved and the competing views of the general public.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

Lisa Hubbard, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure & Commercial & Native Title – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Lisa is an experienced property lawyer with particular expertise in local government real property and infrastructure assets and native title. Lisa has also acted for local government, native title holders, pastoral lease holders and mining industry participants in matters involving native title, Aboriginal heritage and land access. Lisa’s knowledge and understanding allows her to present training sessions, workshops and seminars to both metropolitan and regional councils.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.
 

 

Procurement & Competition Law

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Procurement Officers (both senior and junior); Governance Officers and CEO’s

 

Overview

Councils have collaborated, particularly in the area of procurement, for a long time. The sector's appetite to do so is increasing as more and more council’s seek to take advantage of the benefits that joint procurement delivers. 
 
Joint procurement has many advantages for councils.  It also comes with risks – a lot of which councils will mitigate through partnership agreements (and charters).    
 
The risks associated with breaching competition laws, namely cartel conduct, is not necessarily being successfully addressed through the joint procurement models and in some instances, negotiating behaviours by councils under a joint procurement model can exacerbate these risks.
 
In November 2017, the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) was amended to enable joint procurement activities to receive the benefit of the joint venture exception.  The change in law has provided the opportunity for regional subsidiaries and groups of councils to structure their arrangements to fall within the exception, and avoid the risks of cartel conduct for future procurements.
 
This session will discuss the various governance models that are available to Councils who wish to undertake joint procurement.  The purpose of this session is to help councils to identify and manage these competition compliance risks, in particular in light of recent legislative change. 
 

 

Facilitator

Mabel Tam, Principal - Property, Infrastructure & Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Mabel is a commercial and property lawyer specialising in local government major projects. With expertise across a diverse spectrum of areas, Mabel is best placed to assist Councils with strategic, commercial and property advice. With a passion for local government and extensive experience presenting to councils, Mabel is a trusted adviser for metropolitan and regional councils.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Section 184: Sale of Land for Non-Payment of Rates

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council Rate Officers and Finance Staff

 

Overview

This workshop will outline the statutory scheme under the Local Government Act 1999 which enables a council to sell land where rates on the land have been in arrears for three years or more. It will include discussion on the legislative requirements needed to undertake the sale process and review the preparation of a template notice that complies with the requirements of the Act.  

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  
 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Section 41: Committee Member Training for Community Members

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Community Members involved in Council Section 41 Committees. Council Officers involved in such Committees are also welcome to attend.

 

Overview

This course will highlight the legislative responsibilities of Section 41 Committees. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Functions and duties of the Committee and general duties of Committee members under Section 41 of the Local Government Act 1999, including misuse of information under Section 62 of the Local Government Act 1999 and consideration of the offence provisions that apply to Committee members
  • Meeting procedures and the application of the Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2000 on meetings of Committees performing regulatory activities and the availability of Sections 90 and 91
  • Reporting to Council and the formation of recommendations including the reporting and accountability obligations of Committees to the Council, particularly the delivery of recommendations that have been formed by a Committee
  • Conflict of interest including a laypersons overview of the conflict of interest provisions in the Local Government Act 1999 and the application of those provisions to members of Council Committees. 
  • This will include consideration of what a prescribed interest is, when a prescribed interest will arise, and what the individual committee member must do in that event.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice D’Agostino assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. Felice takes a practical and solutions based approach to representing her clients and assisting them to deal with competing pressures. As a Principal in Norman Waterhouse’s Employment, Governance and Regulatory Services team Felice specialises in governance and public administration and is committed to assisting her clients to make defensible decisions that will withstand scrutiny. 

Dale Mazzachi, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Dale Mazzachi focuses his attention on developing his client's practical understanding of the important roles governance and regulation play in helping their organisations successfully deliver for their communities.  He now practices as a Principal in the firm’s Local Government Employment, Governance & Regulatory Services Team.  Dale’s regulatory experience includes animal management and control, public health, food safety, public realm and traffic management, liquor licensing, by-laws and regulations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Section 7: Statements Managing Enquiries

Legal

Duration: Half day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Planning Officers and Administrative Officers responsible for providing information for Section 7 statements and their Managers.

 

Overview

This course will assist Councils to meet their statutory obligations under the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 and Regulations 2010, when requested to provide information as a result of enquiries in relation to the sale of land. A consistent and well-informed approach benefits Councils in terms of resource management and dealings with members of the public and the property industry.
 
The currency and accuracy of information provided for these enquiries is critical. Vendors and purchasers of land in negotiating and concluding sales rely on information that is provided by Councils. Inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information that is relied upon to the detriment of the purchaser and/or vendor may result in the Form 1 statement being invalid, or have other unintended consequences resulting in loss or damage to the parties. This may give rise to claims against Councils. 

 

Key Learnings

  • How Section 7 statements fit within the overall context of sale of land transactions
  • Statutory obligations of Councils when responding to Section 7 enquiries, including updates required as a result of legislative changes, such as those relating to site contamination
  • How to develop and improve skills of officers responsible for answering enquiries and managing the enquiry process
  • How to transfer and maintain the skills acquired at this course to other Council Officers.

 

Facilitator

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

Caroline Smith, Associate - Property, Development & Conveyancing - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Caroline currently assists clients with a wide range of property transactions including the acquisition and disposal of commercial property, land divisions, leases and licences. Caroline is an excellent communicator and this skill is very evident when she provides training sessions on property related matters and transactions.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  
 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.
 

 

Traffic Control Regulations & Authorisations Training

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council staff involved in making and/or managing delegations and authorisations and other general governance responsibilities; with delegations or authorisations under the Instrument; and with traffic management responsibilities.

 

Overview

This training will address the Instrument of General Approval and Delegation to Councils for the Use of Traffic Control Devices, Road Closure and Granting of Exemptions for Events under the Road Traffic Act 1961 from the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, dated 22 August 2013 (the Instrument).
 
The Instrument:
  • Grants general approvals from the Minister to councils to exercise certain powers, subject to certain conditions;
  • Delegates powers from the Minister to councils (being a power to grant approvals, thus enabling councils to grant certain approvals of their own, and a power to declare events, which entails powers to close roads and to grant exemptions from certain Australian Road Rules), subject to certain conditions;
  • Permits sub delegation of powers by councils, subject to certain conditions;
  • Provides for the appointment by the Chief Executive Officer of authorised for the purpose of discharging powers for which general approval has been granted to a council (‘sub-authorisations’) and for the purpose of discharging powers which the council has delegated authority to exercise;
  • Requires a council to identify by resolution one or more persons who is/are, in the opinion of the council, an experienced traffic engineering practitioner for purpose of preparing traffic impact statements;
  • requires the appointment of an authorised officer for the purpose of endorsing traffic impact statements;
  • Involves requirements to notify and seek the concurrence of other parties in certain circumstances (including adjoining councils, the Commissioner of Highways, the Commissioner of Police, and other emergency and traffic-related State Government instrumentalities);
  • Refers to external documents and requires councils to comply with those documents; and imposes record-keeping requirements.

 

Key Learnings

  • The nature of the powers which a council is able to exercise under the Instrument, and the conditions and obligations imposed by the Instrument;
  • The legal basis upon which a council is able to exercise its various powers under the Instrument;
  • The distinction between those powers for which a council is granted general approval, and those powers for which it is the delegate of the Minister;
  • The distinction between authorisations (including ‘sub-authorisations’) and subdelegations;
  • How to properly document and implement authorisations and subdelegations under the Instrument; and
  • Some of the fundamental technical requirements applying to traffic control devices.

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

Dale Mazzachi, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
With a passion for public sector governance and regulatory control, Dale has been helping councils and other local authorities to govern, protect and enhance their local communities for over 10 years. Dale frequently presents workshops and training sessions for a wide variety of public sector clients and lectures in environmental health law at Flinders University.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Trees and the Law

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Planning, Policy and Compliance Officers and Council Arborists.

 

Overview

This one-day course will be presented in three parts. The first part will explore the common law relating to trees, and Councils' obligations and powers under the Local Government Act 1999. Liability issues will also be discussed.
 
The second part will provide an overview of trees in a development context. In particular, this session will focus on the regulated tree provisions of the Development Act 1993, Development Plan policy and recent case law in relation to the assessment of development applications involving tree-damaging activity.
 
The third part will then examine compliance issues and enforcement under the Development Act 1993 and/or the Local Government Act 1999.

 

Key Learnings

  • Regulated trees v significant trees - what is the difference?
  • A two tier system for assessment
  • Policy making with respect to trees
  • Section 221 permits under the Local Government Act 1999
  • Significant tree prosecutions
  • Case law review
  • Enforcement under the Development Act 1993 and/or the Local Government Act 1999 liability risks.

 

Facilitator

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Unsolicited Bids and Major Projects Governance Masterclass

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Governance Officers, Property Officers & Planning Officers and Managers

 

Overview

Councils are passionate about strengthening their communities and supporting projects that will do this. Councils are increasingly seeking out opportunities to fund major projects in their areas and being approached by the private sector with proposals for new and expanded business opportunities for their areas. 

This master class has developed to provide Council officers and managers with the tools they need to be forward thinking and ready to respond to opportunities as they present, whilst also being mindful of, and complying with, all legislative responsibilities.  

 

Key Learnings

This master class will examine a board range of matters relating to good governance of unsolicited bids and major project management – from the initial proposal stage through to sign off.  This includes:
 
  • Due diligence: knowing what and who you are dealing with.
  • Unsolicited bids and section 49 policies: how to invite opportunities whilst also balancing transparency and accountability requirements.  
  • Community land management plans: how to use these to your advantage whilst complying with legislative requirements.  
  • Disposal of assets: legislative requirements and timing considerations.  
  • Report writing: getting it right, the first time.  
  • Delegations: when and how they can be used.
  • Better document negotiation and drafting: tips and traps.
  • Special meetings: when and how to use them to meet project deadlines.
  • Dealing with external agencies: when and how to get them involved.
  • Confidentiality orders: when and how to use them.
  • Section 270 reviews: what to do when a review is sought.
  • Informal consultation and gatherings: when and how to use them and what the new legislative requirements require.  
  • Funding agreements: tips and traps..

 

Facilitator

Felice D’Agostino, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Felice assists and provides advice to local authorities on a wide variety of matters involving statutory interpretation, administrative law, governance, public administration, freedom of information, and public integrity. She has extensive experience in delivering high quality training seminars, workshops and conferences across her many specialisations. 

Mabel Tam, Principal - Property, Infrastructure & Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Mabel is a commercial and property lawyer specialising in local government major projects. With expertise across a diverse spectrum of areas, Mabel is best placed to assist Councils with strategic, commercial and property advice. With a passion for local government and extensive experience presenting to councils, Mabel is a trusted adviser for metropolitan and regional councils.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

3Industrial Relations

Awards, Enterprise Agreements and Industrial Instruments

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST 
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

All Council employees

 

Overview

Employment terms and conditions in the local government sector is governed by various industrial instruments, including (but not limited to) the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA) and the Local Government Act 1999 (SA),  as well as awards, enterprise agreements and employment contracts. These governing industrial instruments impose a range of different obligations on councils. During this session, we will provide breakdown the how each of these legislative and industrial instruments operate and their interaction. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Operation of the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA) and the Local Government Act 1999 (SA);
  • The application of industrial awards and enterprise agreements; and
  • Binding power of legislative and industrial instruments on contracts of employment.

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Managers and CEOs

 

Overview

Council employees have the duty to ensure that they take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that they do not adversely affect the health and safety of others. This duty extends to ensuring the performance of their duties is not adversely affected by drugs and / or alcohol.

Having a comprehensive drug and alcohol policy and an associated procedure will provide councils with the appropriate avenues to test, manage and discipline employees who are impaired by drugs and/pr alcohol in the workplace.

This session will discuss what is required in a drug and alcohol policy and the associated procedure, and what testing and disciplinary processes councils can implement.   

 

Key Learnings

  • What is required in a drug and alcohol policy and an associated procedure;
  • Different forms and types of testing;
  • Alcohol consumption during social and work-related events; and
  • Investigation and disciplinary process where there is a reasonable suspicion of impairment. 

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Enterprise Bargaining and Agreement Making

Legal

Duration: Half Day  
Investment: $385 incl GST 
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Managers and CEOs

 

Overview

This session examines the legislative framework that regulates agreement making, informing you of the temporal and procedural requirements to be observed in industrial negotiations.

We will also provide strategic steps in negotiating enterprise agreements so that councils can achieve a better outcome when negotiating with other representatives.     

 

Key Learnings

  • Procedural requirements for commencing negotiations;
  • Negotiation strategies;
  • Targeting productivity and flexibility; and
  • Procedural requirements for voting and process for approval of an enterprise agreement.

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Fair Treatment and Equal Opportunity Act

Legal

Duration: Half Day  
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Managers, Team Leaders and CEOs

 

Overview

Fair and equal treatment of all employees should be a pillar of the council’s organisational and community ethos. Certain conduct and decisions can lead to claims against the council on the basis of discrimination, race, religion and / or sex.

This session will explore what your council needs to consider when making decisions regarding current or potential employees and the legal ramifications when discrimination occurs. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) and what is considered discrimination;
  • Federal anti-discrimination law - Age Discrimination Act 2004, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and Sex Discrimination Act 1984;
  • What is considered adverse action?; and
  • Defining ‘reasonable management action taken in a reasonable manner’.

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Performance Management and Absenteeism

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Managers and CEOs

 

Overview

An underperforming or absent employee has a direct negative impact on the productivity and effectiveness of council business. At times, tough decisions need to be made to performance manage or discipline employees who are consistently underperforming or absent from the workplace.

This session will outline the process for managing underperforming or absent employees, and the process of moving an employee out of the organisation where his/her performance does not improve.  

 

Key Learnings

  • How to manage underperforming employees;
  • Legitimate absenteeism versus illegitimate and long-term absenteeism;
  • How and when to take further action; and
  • Dealing with disputes. 

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.    

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Unfair Dismissals

Legal

Duration: Half Day  
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Directors, General Managers and CEOs

 

Overview

This course provides a breakdown of what constitutes an ‘unfair dismissal’ at law. We will discuss what a Court or Tribunal would consider a if an unfair dismissal claim is brought against a Council and provide guidance and information to assist with defending a claim. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Unfair dismissals under the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA);
  • Application of Awards and enterprise agreements;
  • Harsh, unjust and unreasonable explained;
  • Procedural and substantive fairness explained;
  • Evidence and proof on the balance of probabilities; and
  • Resolving disputes and entering into a Deed of Settlement and Release. 

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Workplace Investigations and Procedural Fairness

Legal

Duration: Half Day  
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Human Resource Officers, Directors, Managers, Team Leaders and CEOs

 

Overview

This training session will provide a step-by-step guide on how to conduct a procedurally fair workplace investigation in relation to any complaints or misconduct of staff to ensure that council complies with the principles of procedural fairness and natural justice.  

 

Key Learnings

  • How to structure a procedurally fair workplace investigation;
  • The pitfalls and traps of employers and how to avoid them;
  • The balance of probabilities; and 
  • Dealing with disputes. 

 

Facilitator

Sathish Dasan, Principal – Employment and Industrial Relations, Governance – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Sathish is the Principal in charge of the Norman Waterhouse Employment & Industrial Relations, Insurance, and Governance & Regulatory teams. Sathish has been named as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Doyle’s Legal Guide for the last ten years and has earned a reputation as one of South Australia’s pre-eminent specialists in the respective fields of industrial relations, local government and administrative law. 

Virginia Liu, Senior Associate – Employment and Industrial Relations – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Virginia advises local government and private sector clients in a wide range of litigious and non-litigious matters, in the areas of employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law. Virginia regularly design and deliver training seminars, workshops and presentations for council staff and elected members. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

4Legal Environment Planning and Infrastructure

Building Fire Safety Committees – Governance Training

Legal

Duration: Half day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Compliance Officers, Building Officers, Planning Officers, and Managers of such officers, Elected Members.

 

Overview

A Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC) is an authority established by a Council to act as an appropriate authority for the purposes of determining whether the fire safety of a building is adequate, and if not, to take necessary action to ensure such a building is safe. 

The governing legislation is silent with respect to the required standard of operating procedures and the like of a BFSC, but it is important that it operates using a best practice model to ensure that its decision making is sound.  A BFSC should practice good governance including the preparation and adoption of adequate terms of reference and operating/meeting procedures, understand issues associated with delegations, confidentiality, Freedom of Information and the importance of preparing statutory notices in accordance with the requirements of the legislation.

 

Key Learnings

  • Understand the role and functions of a BFSC and how it is constituted;
  • Learn how to prepare appropriate terms of reference and operating procedures for a BFSC;
  • Learn how to prepare agenda and minutes arising from a BFSC;
  • Learn how to manage commercially sensitive information;
  • Learn how to draft a fire safety notice;
  • Learn how to deal with owners and occupiers of buildings and the public at large in dealing with fire safety issues.

 

Facilitator

Dale Mazzachi, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
With a passion for public sector governance and regulatory control, Dale has been helping councils and other local authorities to govern, protect and enhance their local communities for over 10 years. Dale frequently presents workshops and training sessions for a wide variety of public sector clients and lectures in environmental health law at Flinders University.

Aden Miegel, Senior Associate - Planning, Development and Environment - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Since joining Norman Waterhouse, Aden, as part of the Environment and Planning Team, advises both local government and private clients on a wide variety of matters arising under the Development Act 1993, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and other legislation that is relevant to planning and development. Aden enjoys delivering training and education to our clients and the industry, which includes a nationally accredited training course in a Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning).

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Compulsory Acquisition

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Development Officers; Planning Officers; Infrastructure Officers; Governance Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

This session is divided into three parts:
 
Part 1
The first part will guide participants through the statutory process that applies where a council wishes to compulsorily acquire land (or an estate or interest in land).  This will provide participants with a good understanding of all parts of the statutory process, as well as an understanding of the practical application of the process and tips and traps to be aware of which have been learned from previous case studies. 

The discussion will also highlight relevant timeframes and provide an overall understanding of the potential time and costs associated with the process to assist participants in their pre-acquisition negotiations with land owners as well as the scheduling of project timeframes and preparation of project budgets.

Part 2
The second part of the session will focus on a council’s rights as a landowner when a State Government entity wishes to acquire council owned land. 

Part 3
The third part of the session will provide an overview of recent amendments to the Land Acquisition Act 1969 (SA).  The session will be interactive and allow discussion to facilitate knowledge sharing between all participants

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation and understanding of the statutory process required for compulsory acquisition; 
  • Explanation and understanding of what council’s can expect under the proposes amendments to the statutory framework; 
  • Practical guidance from previous case studies; and 
  • Information sharing between councils. 

 

Facilitator

Lisa Hubbard, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure & Commercial & Native Title
Lisa is an experienced property lawyer with particular expertise in local government real property and infrastructure assets and native title. Lisa has also acted for local government, native title holders, pastoral lease holders and mining industry participants in matters involving native title, Aboriginal heritage and land access. Lisa’s knowledge and understanding allows her to present training sessions, workshops and seminars to both metropolitan and regional councils.

Jack McPhee, Solicitor – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jack works with both public and private sector clients on a wide range of commercial, property and major project matters including compulsory acquisitions, unsolicited proposals, infrastructure delivery, property transactions, commercial leasing and licensing, project and corporate structures, associations and corporate governance. Jack has a large interest and skill in presenting to the sector at seminars, workshops and conferences.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Development and Building Compliance – Enforcement Basics

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST 
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Compliance Officers, Building Officers, Planning Officers and Managers of such officers, Elected Members.

 

Overview

There are a range of enforcement powers which Councils can exercise in response to breaches of the Development Act 1993 which include the issue of statutory notices and the commencement of civil and or criminal proceedings.  Under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, even more powers will be available to Councils to enforce breaches of this legislation. 

Before deciding to exercise any of its enforcement powers, it is imperative that Councils understand the discretionary nature of its power to act in any given matter, the different types of breaches and offences which exist under the relevant legislation, the different kinds of enforcement tools that it can utilise in response to such breaches and how it can minimise any risks in taking action and effectively achieve its desired outcome.

 

Key Learnings

  • This program will assist participants to: 
  • Understand the different types of breaches/offences that exist under the legislation;
  • Learn the essentials in relation to drafting statutory enforcement notices;
  • Understand authorised officer powers and their limitations;
  • Understand issues surrounding delegations, time limitations to act and effective service of notices and proceedings upon third parties; and
  • Appreciate how notices and proceedings can be challenged by third parties.

 

Facilitator

Claire Ryan, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Claire specialises in Planning & Development Law and provides advice to local government clients with respect to all issues arising under the Development Act 1993 and related legislation including compliance provisions and development assessment generally. Claire conducts training and education on a range of topics as required by clients and she has taught planning law and related topics to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of South Australia.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Development and Building Compliance – Investigation and Evidence Gathering

Legal

Duration: Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Compliance Officers, Authorised Officers, Building Officers, Planning Officers and Managers of such officers.

 

Overview

Rome wasn’t built in a day! It takes time, and sometimes years to master the skills of effective investigation and evidence gathering. However, if it is not done correctly, it may as well not be done at all.  In gathering information it is imperative for officers to understand what evidence is and the different elements of the offences which they are investigating so that ultimately they may then prove their case to the requisite standard depending on which enforcement tool is utilised.  The importance of a planned and thorough investigation should not be underestimated.  Officers must be able to effectively take good notes and prepare statements, undertake interviews, prepare exhibits and keep good records to ensure they can achieve their desired outcome.

 

Key Learnings

  • Understand the rules of evidence and burdens of proof;
  • The elements of offences;
  • How to exercise cautions;
  • How to take notes and establish good record keeping practices;
  • How to conduct an informal and formal interview with suspects and witnesses;
  • How to prepare statements; and
  • Etiquette and tips on building rapport in investigations.

 

Facilitator

Claire Ryan, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Claire specialises in Planning & Development Law and provides advice to local government clients with respect to all issues arising under the Development Act 1993 and related legislation including compliance provisions and development assessment generally. Claire conducts training and education on a range of topics as required by clients and she has taught planning law and related topics to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of South Australia.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

Attendees are encouraged to also consider attending the Development and Building Compliance –Enforcement Basics training course.

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Environmental Law for Local Government

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Environmental/Sustainability Officers; Property Officers; Planning and Development Officers; Risk Officers; and Managers in these areas.

 

Overview

Local government is affected by environmental law and regulation in various ways – directly in its role as manager of environmental assets; where it holds environmental authorisations for licensed activities (EPA licences); in its role as a planning authority; as an environmental regulator for local nuisance and litter; and in its dealings with land that is, or may be, contaminated.   

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to key environmental law concepts and legislation that most affects local government, with a focus on practical application and risk management. Attendees will gain confidence in identifying risk issues, and then working through those issues, including in its interactions with the EPA.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of statutory definitions; statutory pollution offences; statutory defences; EPA reporting obligations. 
  • Discussion about key environmental issues in waste, water and vegetation management.
  • Discussion about how to approach an EPA investigation and manage associated risk
  • Introduction to site contamination. 

 

Facilitator

Peter Psaltis, Principal - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Peter Psaltis was formerly an in-house solicitor at the Environment Protection Authority, and has been advising State and local government and private clients on all aspects of environmental law and regulation for over 15 years.  

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Ethics in Planning & Development

Legal

Duration:  Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Accredited professionals under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act, 2016 (PDI Act)
  • Planning Levels 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Building Levels 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Surveyor

 

Overview

Professional ethics is a focus of the mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for accredited professionals under the PDI Act. In particular:
 
  • Planning Levels 1, 3, 4 and Surveyor must achieve at least 2 CPD units (2 hours) in ethics in planning
  • Planning Level 2 must achieve at least 1 CPD unit (1 hour) in ethics in planning
  • Building Levels 1, 2, 3 must achieve at least 2 CPD units (2 hours) in ethics in development
  • Planning Level 2 must achieve at least 1 CPD unit (1 hour) in ethics in development

This course is designed to meet those requirements, by offering either 1 or 2 hours of training in relation to key ethical considerations for accredited professionals.
 

 

Key Learnings

  • Understanding relevant statutory concepts and requirements under the PDI Act including disclosure of financial interests, avoiding conflict of interest, duty of confidentiality, copyright and relevant statutory offences
  • Code of conduct - understanding key professional obligations and duties for assessment panel members and accredited professionals
  • Implications for breach of ethical duties, including code of conduct complaints, Ministerial investigations, and the role of the Ombudsman and the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption 
  • How to lodge and/or manage code of conduct complaints
  • Relevant case law histories involving ethical matters

 

Facilitator

Gavin Leydon, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Gavin leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team and is a specialist in property development, urban and regional planning, environmental and administrative law. Gavin has been extensively involved in planning system reform and the transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act regime, including the provision of advice to State and local government, the LGA and training to the sector.

Peter Psaltis, Principal - Environment, planning and development - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Peter advises and represents government and private clients in his areas of specialty, including town planning and development, land management, environment protection, site contamination, compulsory acquisition, property and infrastructure related matters. Peter has an extensive history in presenting at Local Government conferences and he also lectures and tutors Environmental Law topics in the University of Adelaide / Law Society of South Australia Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice course.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 
 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Land Division – Infrastructure Delivery

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Development Officers; Infrastructure Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the fundamental legal concepts that council officers encounter in infrastructure delivery for land divisions.  This open training forum will provide participants with the confidence to navigate the basics of land division in development authorisations and related concepts such as bonding and open space, whilst ensuring council’s interests are protected in the delivery of infrastructure related to such land divisions. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the legal framework for land division, bonding and open space;
  • Explanation of infrastructure delivery mechanisms for councils;
  • Practical guidance for councils on infrastructure delivery connected with land divisions;
  • Information sharing between councils (particularly on recent developer trends).

 

Facilitator

Rebecca McAulay, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Having worked in the public sector Rebecca is well positioned to appreciate the internal context within local governments, statutory authorities, state government departments, redevelopment authorities and universities. Rebecca’s range of experience both in the public sector and in-house, has lead her to prepare and deliver enriching training sessions and workshops for many years.

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Land Management Agreements

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Property Officers, Development Officers, Infrastructure Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the fundamental concepts that underpin land management agreements and the lessons to be learnt from the interpretation of land management agreements by the courts. This open training forum will provide participants with the confidence to navigate the basics of land management agreements within the council setting. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the fundamental legal requirements of land management agreements;
  • An overview of the case law applicable to land management agreements;
  • Practical guidance for councils on land management agreements;
  • Information sharing between councils.

 

Facilitator

Rebecca McAulay, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Having worked in the public sector Rebecca is well positioned to appreciate the internal context within local governments, statutory authorities, state government departments, redevelopment authorities and universities. Rebecca’s range of experience both in the public sector and in-house, has lead her to prepare and deliver enriching training sessions and workshops for many years.

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 & Regulations - Advanced

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

This training is beneficial for Assessment Managers, Accredited Professionals and other Development Assessment staff who have a general familiarity with the new assessment regime but wish to further development their skills and understanding of new concepts and processes.

 

Overview

This program will assist participants to advance their understanding of the new governance and assessment regime by participating in this interactive workshop where participants will gain a practical and enhanced knowledge of the new statutory processes, concepts and the application of the Planning and Design Code.

This training will build upon the PDI Act Essentials course for Development Assessment staff with an existing knowledge of the fundamentals of the new system. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Delegations and governance arrangements;
  • The role of the Assessment Manager;
  • The review of Assessment Manager decisions;
  • Interpreting and applying the Planning and Design Code, including an analysis of its structure and new land use definitions;
  • Change of use of land – new concepts;
  • Deemed to satisfy assessments and minor variations;
  • Performance assessed development;
  • Conditions and reserved matters;
  • Code of Conduct obligations
  • The Accredited Professionals Scheme
  • Appeals and reviews to the Environment, Resources and Development Court;
  • Amendments to Sections 221 & 222 of the Local Government Act 1999 and the implications for proposed work or business uses in the public realm.

Attendees can also work through example development applications and scenarios so that they are fully equipped to operate under the new assessment regime and will have useful reference material to take away as an operational aid in the future.

 

Facilitator

Gavin Leydon, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Gavin leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team and is a specialist in property development, urban and regional planning, environmental and administrative law. Gavin has been extensively involved in planning system reform and the transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act regime, including the provision of advice to State and local government, the LGA and training to the sector.

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 & Regulations - Essentials

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

This training is essential for all:
  • Development Assessment staff;
  • Assessment Managers;
  • Assessment Panel Members;
  • Para-planners;
  • Lodgement Officers;
  • Administrative staff who support Development Assessment.

 

Overview

After this session you will have an understanding of the essentials relating to the new lodgement, assessment and determination regime for applications for development authorisation under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and associated procedural requirements of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017.

 

Key Learnings

The training will cover the essential processes associated with the new assessment framework including:
  • Assessment pathways;
  • Relevant authorities;
  • Application and lodgement requirements;
  • The verification process;
  • Further information requests;
  • Referrals;
  • Public notification and consultation processes;
  • Requirements under relevant Practice Directions;
  • Assessment timeframes;
  • Deemed consents;
  • Notification of decisions;
  • Conditions and reserved matters;
  • Variations;
  • Private certification processes;
  • Review of Assessment Manager decisions
  • Appeals and reviews to the Environment, Resources and Development Court.

 

Facilitator

Gavin Leydon, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Gavin leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team and is a specialist in property development, urban and regional planning, environmental and administrative law. Gavin has been extensively involved in planning system reform and the transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act regime, including the provision of advice to State and local government, the LGA and training to the sector.

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 & Regulations – For Builders

Legal

Duration: Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

All Council building staff and all building certifiers (Accredited professionals).
 

 

Overview

?After this session you will have an understanding of the changes to the legislative scheme relevant to building officers and accredited professionals under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and associated procedural requirements of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017.
  

 

Key Learnings

The training will cover the essential processes associated with the new assessment framework and highlight changes in the legislative role of building professionals, including:
  • Building Inspection Policies;
  • Mandatory Notifications;
  • Timing of Inspections;
  • Notification of decisions;
  • Conditions and reserved matters;
  • Relevant Authorities;
  • Private certification processes;
  • Swimming Pool processes;
  • Enforcement Powers;

 

Facilitator

Gavin Leydon, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Gavin leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team and is a specialist in property development, urban and regional planning, environmental and administrative law. Gavin has been extensively involved in planning system reform and the transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act regime, including the provision of advice to State and local government, the LGA and training to the sector.

Aden Miegel, Senior Associate- Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Since joining Norman Waterhouse, Aden, as part of the Environment and Planning Team, advises both local government and private clients on a wide variety of matters arising under the Development Act 1993, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and other legislation that is relevant to planning and development. Aden enjoys delivering training and education to our clients and the industry, which includes a nationally accredited training course in a Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning).

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 
 

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Property Law for Planners

Legal

Duration: Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Planning and Development Officers; Development Compliance Officers; Infrastructure Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the fundamental property law concepts that council officers encounter that are most relevant in a planning context.  This open training forum will provide participants with the confidence to navigate the basics of property law within a council development assessment or strategic planning setting. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of commonly used property terminology; 
  • Explanation of fundamental property law concepts applicable to councils, as particularly relevant to development assessment and strategic planning; 
  • Practical guidance for councils on property matters within a planning context; 
  • Information sharing between councils.

 

Facilitator

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

Aden Miegel, Senior Associate- Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Since joining Norman Waterhouse, Aden, as part of the Environment and Planning Team, advises both local government and private clients on a wide variety of matters arising under the Development Act 1993, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and other legislation that is relevant to planning and development. Aden enjoys delivering training and education to our clients and the industry, which includes a nationally accredited training course in a Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning).

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Site Contamination

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Environmental/Sustainability Officers; and Managers in these areas.

 

Overview

This course is designed to give an overview of the key issues and considerations associated with site contamination. It will summarise the statutory framework, including the role and functions of the environmental regulator (the EPA) and the various legal obligations arising under the Environment Protection Act 1993. It will also give participants an opportunity to discuss practical issues arising in the course of property transactions involving contaminated or potentially contaminated land, and proposed changes to the development assessment and referral process under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the relevant statutory framework
  • Explanation of how the statutory framework interacts with general contractual law principles
  • Explanation of the role of the EPA
  • Discussion of how the various legal principles are applied in practice, and how practitioners can identify and manage risk associated with contaminated sites.

 

Facilitator

Peter Psaltis, Principal - Environment, planning and development - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Peter advises and represents government and private clients in his areas of specialty, including town planning and development, land management, environment protection, site contamination, compulsory acquisition, property and infrastructure related matters. Peter has an extensive history in presenting at Local Government conferences and he also lectures and tutors Environmental Law topics in the University of Adelaide / Law Society of South Australia Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice course.

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

5Regulatory Services

Correct and Preferable – Reviewing Council Decisions

Legal

Duration: Full Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Chief Executive Officers, Freedom of Information Officers, Environmental Health Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of those areas

 

Overview

SACAT is the current review body of decisions made by local government under a number of Acts, including Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, Food Act 2001, Freedom of Information Act 1991 and South Australian Public Health Act 2011. 

This course will provide an overview of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 and assist participants in understanding the tribunal process.  It will also provide participants with a summary of their obligations to assist the Tribunal, requirements to prepare a statement of reasons and an explanation of what to include in a prescribed book of documents. 

This full day course will also provide practical tips for preparing a brief of evidence and supporting documentation, appearing in the Tribunal and how to assist the Tribunal to make the correct and preferable decision.

 

Key Learnings

  • Summary of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013
  • Overview of council obligations to assist the Tribunal
  • Requirement to provide certain documents
  • The Tribunal process
  • Preparing a matter for hearing
  • Appearing as a witness 

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Council's Role and Powers as a Local Public Health Authority

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Authorised Persons, Environmental Health Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of these areas

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 (SAPH Act) and summarise the fundamental concepts that underpin councils as local public health authorities. 

The course will also provide participants with an understanding of the relationship between the SAPH Act and the Food Act 2001, the Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992 and the Safe Drinking Water Act 2011. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and an open forum session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Council obligations regarding public health
  • EHO responsibilities and council powers
  • Summary of the SAPH Act, Food Act 2001, Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992 and the Safe Drinking Water Act 2011
  • Investigative processes and powers of authorised persons
  • Notice issuing process
  • Interaction with other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Criminal Trials in the Magistrates Court - A Practical Guide

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST 
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Chief Executive Officers, Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of those areas

 

Overview

To assist participants in determining whether to commence prosecution proceedings and provide tips for preparing a matter for trial.  The courts can be a daunting place, this course will assist councils in understanding the court process, preparation of a legal brief, appearing as a witness and the burden of proof.  This full day course will also provide practical tips for investigating criminal matters, interviewing witnesses, providing cautions, taking statements, record keeping, photographic evidence and more.

 

Key Learnings

  • Evidence gathering
  • Issuing an Information and Summons
  • Court processes
  • Evidentiary aids and the burden of proof
  • Appearing as a witness 

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Dog and Cat Management - Useful Tools for Difficult Situations

Legal

Duration: Full Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and summarise the fundamental legal concepts of issuing control orders and undertaking enforcement under the Act.  The course will provide participants with various different statutory interpretations contained within the Act and present a number case studies to assist with understanding the application of the Act.  The full day will also compromise a session on the issuing of control orders and prohibition orders, appeals of these orders in the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the commencement of prosecution proceedings.

 

Key Learnings

  • Dog and Cat Management Act 1995
  • Responsibilities of dog owners
  • Issuing of Control Orders and Prohibition Orders
  • Appeals of Orders
  • Enforcement under the Act
  • Prosecution proceedings

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.  

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Expiation Notices - The Essentials

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of these areas

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the Expiation of Offences Act 1996 (the Act) and summarise the fundamental concepts that underpin expiation notices. 

The course will also provide participants with an understanding of the relationship between the Act, Fines Enforcement and Debt Recovery Act 2017 and various other legislation enforced by local government in South Australia. 

The half day session will assist participants in understanding their powers to issue an expiation notice, reviews of expiation notices, obligations under the Act and the requirements of a compliant expiation notice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Issuing of expiation notices
  • Requirements of expiation notices
  • Summary of the Expiation of Offences Act 1996
  • Governance issues
  • Reviews of expiation notices
  • Debt recovery
  • Elections to be prosecuted
  • Interaction with other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Food Safety Regulation and the Law

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Environmental Health Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of these areas

 

Overview

To provide an overview of councils’ responsibilities under the Food Act 2001 (the Food Act) and requirements for food businesses to comply with the Food Act and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. 

The course will also provide participants with an understanding of their powers under the Food Act and tips in conducting investigations and undertaking enforcement under the Food Act. 

The half day session will comprise of a seminar and hypothetical scenarios to illustrate concepts in a practical setting.  The session will also include an open forum where participants may ask questions and seek guidance and advice in relation to investigations and enforcement under the Food Act. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Summary of the Food Act 2001
  • Requirements of food businesses
  • Investigating allegations of non-compliance
  • Powers of authorised officers
  • Seizure and analysis of food samples
  • Evidence gathering
     

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Life's a Beach - The Role of a Council in Managing the Foreshore

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Chief  Executive Officers, Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers

 

Overview

To provide a summary of councils’ obligations in managing foreshores and the legal status of foreshores within a council’s area.  The course will provide participants with a summary of available enforcement powers for a breach of by-laws, the Local Government Act 1999 and various road traffic offences relating to foreshores. 

The half day session will also discuss the relationship between various legislation, including the Harbors and Navigation Act 1993, and how to control access to foreshores by animals under human control.  This will be run as an open forum where participants may ask questions and seek guidance and advice in relation to foreshores. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Council responsibilities in managing foreshores
  • Local government authority and legal status of foreshores
  • Powers of enforcement
  • Use of by-laws
  • Controlling access to foreshores
  • Interaction with other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.
 
The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Parking Enforcement – From an Expiation Notice to the Supreme Court

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council Officers, General Inspectors and Managers of these areas

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the Australian Road Rules and the Road Traffic Act 1961 and summarise council’s responsibilities in parking enforcement.  The course will also provide participants with an understanding of the relationship between the Australian Road Rules and the Private Parking Areas Act 1986. 

This half day session will assist participants in understanding their powers of enforcement under various road traffic legislation and provide tips for evidence gathering, record keeping, preparing matters for trial and appearing in court as a witness.

 

Key Learnings

  • Summary of the Australian Road Rules, Road Traffic Act 1961 and Private Parking Areas Act 1986
  • Issuing of expiation notices
  • Statutory declarations
  • Evidence gathering and record keeping
  • Elections to be prosecuted and commencing prosecution proceedings
  • Witness preparation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Powers, Purpose and Process By-laws

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Chief Executive Officers and Authorised Persons

 

Overview

The course will provide participants with an overview of the fundamental legal concepts of by-laws and powers for enforcing by-laws.  Participants will expand their understanding of the Local Government Act 1999 and the concepts that underpin local government by-laws.  This full day course will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice in relation to specific by-laws.

 

Key Learnings

  • Local Government Act 1999
  • Requirements of by-laws
  • Reports to the Legislative Review Committee 
  • Enacting by-laws
  • Enforcing by-laws

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia.  Our practitioners regularly represent public authorities before a wide range of Courts and Tribunals.

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Supported Residential Facilities – Council as a Licensing Authority

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Environmental Health Officers and Managers

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992 and the responsibilities of the council in enforcing the Act.  The course will also provide participants with an understanding of the requirements of Supported Residential Facilities (SRFs) and factors the council must take into consideration when determining to issue or renew a SRF licence.  

 

Key Learnings

  • Council obligations regarding SRFs
  • EHO responsibilities and council powers
  • Investigative processes and powers of EHOs
  • Amendments to the Act under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020
  • Notice issuing process
  • Interaction with other legislation

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. Paul prepares and delivers workshops, briefings and seminars on behalf of Norman Waterhouse to councils on regulatory matters, civil enforcement and prosecution proceedings dealing with a range of legislations.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

6Building and Planning CPD

Building Fire Safety Committees – Governance Training

Legal

Duration: Half day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Compliance Officers, Building Officers, Planning Officers, and Managers of such officers, Elected Members.

 

Overview

A Building Fire Safety Committee (BFSC) is an authority established by a Council to act as an appropriate authority for the purposes of determining whether the fire safety of a building is adequate, and if not, to take necessary action to ensure such a building is safe. 

The governing legislation is silent with respect to the required standard of operating procedures and the like of a BFSC, but it is important that it operates using a best practice model to ensure that its decision making is sound.  A BFSC should practice good governance including the preparation and adoption of adequate terms of reference and operating/meeting procedures, understand issues associated with delegations, confidentiality, Freedom of Information and the importance of preparing statutory notices in accordance with the requirements of the legislation.

 

Key Learnings

  • Understand the role and functions of a BFSC and how it is constituted;
  • Learn how to prepare appropriate terms of reference and operating procedures for a BFSC;
  • Learn how to prepare agenda and minutes arising from a BFSC;
  • Learn how to manage commercially sensitive information;
  • Learn how to draft a fire safety notice;
  • Learn how to deal with owners and occupiers of buildings and the public at large in dealing with fire safety issues.

 

Facilitator

Dale Mazzachi, Principal – Governance and Regulatory Services - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
With a passion for public sector governance and regulatory control, Dale has been helping councils and other local authorities to govern, protect and enhance their local communities for over 10 years. Dale frequently presents workshops and training sessions for a wide variety of public sector clients and lectures in environmental health law at Flinders University.

Aden Miegel, Senior Associate - Planning, Development and Environment - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Since joining Norman Waterhouse, Aden, as part of the Environment and Planning Team, advises both local government and private clients on a wide variety of matters arising under the Development Act 1993, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and other legislation that is relevant to planning and development. Aden enjoys delivering training and education to our clients and the industry, which includes a nationally accredited training course in a Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning).

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Development and Building Compliance – Enforcement Basics

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST 
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Compliance Officers, Building Officers, Planning Officers and Managers of such officers, Elected Members.

 

Overview

There are a range of enforcement powers which Councils can exercise in response to breaches of the Development Act 1993 which include the issue of statutory notices and the commencement of civil and or criminal proceedings.  Under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, even more powers will be available to Councils to enforce breaches of this legislation. 

Before deciding to exercise any of its enforcement powers, it is imperative that Councils understand the discretionary nature of its power to act in any given matter, the different types of breaches and offences which exist under the relevant legislation, the different kinds of enforcement tools that it can utilise in response to such breaches and how it can minimise any risks in taking action and effectively achieve its desired outcome.

 

Key Learnings

  • This program will assist participants to: 
  • Understand the different types of breaches/offences that exist under the legislation;
  • Learn the essentials in relation to drafting statutory enforcement notices;
  • Understand authorised officer powers and their limitations;
  • Understand issues surrounding delegations, time limitations to act and effective service of notices and proceedings upon third parties; and
  • Appreciate how notices and proceedings can be challenged by third parties.

 

Facilitator

Claire Ryan, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Claire specialises in Planning & Development Law and provides advice to local government clients with respect to all issues arising under the Development Act 1993 and related legislation including compliance provisions and development assessment generally. Claire conducts training and education on a range of topics as required by clients and she has taught planning law and related topics to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of South Australia.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia. 

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Development and Building Compliance – Investigation and Evidence Gathering

Legal

Duration: Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Compliance Officers, Authorised Officers, Building Officers, Planning Officers and Managers of such officers.

 

Overview

Rome wasn’t built in a day! It takes time, and sometimes years to master the skills of effective investigation and evidence gathering. However, if it is not done correctly, it may as well not be done at all.  In gathering information it is imperative for officers to understand what evidence is and the different elements of the offences which they are investigating so that ultimately they may then prove their case to the requisite standard depending on which enforcement tool is utilised.  The importance of a planned and thorough investigation should not be underestimated.  Officers must be able to effectively take good notes and prepare statements, undertake interviews, prepare exhibits and keep good records to ensure they can achieve their desired outcome.

 

Key Learnings

  • Understand the rules of evidence and burdens of proof;
  • The elements of offences;
  • How to exercise cautions;
  • How to take notes and establish good record keeping practices;
  • How to conduct an informal and formal interview with suspects and witnesses;
  • How to prepare statements; and
  • Etiquette and tips on building rapport in investigations.

 

Facilitator

Claire Ryan, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Claire specialises in Planning & Development Law and provides advice to local government clients with respect to all issues arising under the Development Act 1993 and related legislation including compliance provisions and development assessment generally. Claire conducts training and education on a range of topics as required by clients and she has taught planning law and related topics to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of South Australia.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

Attendees are encouraged to also consider attending the Development and Building Compliance –Enforcement Basics training course.

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Environmental Law for Local Government

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Environmental/Sustainability Officers; Property Officers; Planning and Development Officers; Risk Officers; and Managers in these areas.

 

Overview

Local government is affected by environmental law and regulation in various ways – directly in its role as manager of environmental assets; where it holds environmental authorisations for licensed activities (EPA licences); in its role as a planning authority; as an environmental regulator for local nuisance and litter; and in its dealings with land that is, or may be, contaminated.   

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to key environmental law concepts and legislation that most affects local government, with a focus on practical application and risk management. Attendees will gain confidence in identifying risk issues, and then working through those issues, including in its interactions with the EPA.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of statutory definitions; statutory pollution offences; statutory defences; EPA reporting obligations. 
  • Discussion about key environmental issues in waste, water and vegetation management.
  • Discussion about how to approach an EPA investigation and manage associated risk
  • Introduction to site contamination. 

 

Facilitator

Peter Psaltis, Principal - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Peter Psaltis was formerly an in-house solicitor at the Environment Protection Authority, and has been advising State and local government and private clients on all aspects of environmental law and regulation for over 15 years.  

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Land Division – Infrastructure Delivery

Legal

Duration: 1 Day 
Investment: $605 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Development Officers; Infrastructure Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the fundamental legal concepts that council officers encounter in infrastructure delivery for land divisions.  This open training forum will provide participants with the confidence to navigate the basics of land division in development authorisations and related concepts such as bonding and open space, whilst ensuring council’s interests are protected in the delivery of infrastructure related to such land divisions. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the legal framework for land division, bonding and open space;
  • Explanation of infrastructure delivery mechanisms for councils;
  • Practical guidance for councils on infrastructure delivery connected with land divisions;
  • Information sharing between councils (particularly on recent developer trends).

 

Facilitator

Rebecca McAulay, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Having worked in the public sector Rebecca is well positioned to appreciate the internal context within local governments, statutory authorities, state government departments, redevelopment authorities and universities. Rebecca’s range of experience both in the public sector and in-house, has lead her to prepare and deliver enriching training sessions and workshops for many years.

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Land Management Agreements

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Property Officers, Development Officers, Infrastructure Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the fundamental concepts that underpin land management agreements and the lessons to be learnt from the interpretation of land management agreements by the courts. This open training forum will provide participants with the confidence to navigate the basics of land management agreements within the council setting. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the fundamental legal requirements of land management agreements;
  • An overview of the case law applicable to land management agreements;
  • Practical guidance for councils on land management agreements;
  • Information sharing between councils.

 

Facilitator

Rebecca McAulay, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Having worked in the public sector Rebecca is well positioned to appreciate the internal context within local governments, statutory authorities, state government departments, redevelopment authorities and universities. Rebecca’s range of experience both in the public sector and in-house, has lead her to prepare and deliver enriching training sessions and workshops for many years.

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 & Regulations - Advanced

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

This training is beneficial for Assessment Managers, Accredited Professionals and other Development Assessment staff who have a general familiarity with the new assessment regime but wish to further development their skills and understanding of new concepts and processes.

 

Overview

This program will assist participants to advance their understanding of the new governance and assessment regime by participating in this interactive workshop where participants will gain a practical and enhanced knowledge of the new statutory processes, concepts and the application of the Planning and Design Code.

This training will build upon the PDI Act Essentials course for Development Assessment staff with an existing knowledge of the fundamentals of the new system. 

 

Key Learnings

  • Delegations and governance arrangements;
  • The role of the Assessment Manager;
  • The review of Assessment Manager decisions;
  • Interpreting and applying the Planning and Design Code, including an analysis of its structure and new land use definitions;
  • Change of use of land – new concepts;
  • Deemed to satisfy assessments and minor variations;
  • Performance assessed development;
  • Conditions and reserved matters;
  • Code of Conduct obligations
  • The Accredited Professionals Scheme
  • Appeals and reviews to the Environment, Resources and Development Court;
  • Amendments to Sections 221 & 222 of the Local Government Act 1999 and the implications for proposed work or business uses in the public realm.

Attendees can also work through example development applications and scenarios so that they are fully equipped to operate under the new assessment regime and will have useful reference material to take away as an operational aid in the future.

 

Facilitator

Gavin Leydon, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Gavin leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team and is a specialist in property development, urban and regional planning, environmental and administrative law. Gavin has been extensively involved in planning system reform and the transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act regime, including the provision of advice to State and local government, the LGA and training to the sector.

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 & Regulations – Council Assessment Panel

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

The ideal audience to attend this training includes members of Council Assessment and Regional Assessment Panels, Development Assessment staff, Assessment Managers and other Accredited Professionals.

 

Overview

This program will assist participants to better understand their role in the Development Assessment process, accreditation requirements and obligations under the Code of Conduct including recognising and dealing with conflicts of interest.  

This training will involve an overview of the decision making processes and relevant authorities in the transition to assessment under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and its associated regulations.

 

Key Learnings

  • Delegations & governance arrangements;
  • Meeting procedures;
  • Assessment Panel Member obligations & behaviours;
  • Code of Conduct for Assessment Panel Members;
  • Development assessment processes and concepts; 
  • Development categories;
  • Relevant authorities;
  • Public notification;
  • Assessment timeframes;
  • Deemed planning consents; 
  • Imposition of valid conditions and reserved matters;
  • Assessment Manager reviews; 
  • The Planning & Design Code - interpretation and application;
  • ERD Court appeals;
  • Accreditation requirements including continuing professional development obligations.

 

Facilitator

Stephen Smith, Planning Reform Partner – Local Government Association of South Australia
With over thirty years’ experience as a manager and planner working in both local and regional government, Stephen has undergraduate and post graduate degrees in Planning and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Stephens career has seen him spend 15 years in local government both in the UK and South Australia, during this time he managed the Environmental Services team at Stirling Council and was responsible for putting together the new Development Plan for the Adelaide Hills Council. Stephen is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and in 2017 was recognised as the South Australian Planner of the Year.

Gavin Leydon, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Gavin leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team and is a specialist in property development, urban and regional planning, environmental and administrative law. Gavin has been extensively involved in planning system reform and the transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act regime, including the provision of advice to State and local government, the LGA and training to the sector.

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 & Regulations - Essentials

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

This training is essential for all:
  • Development Assessment staff;
  • Assessment Managers;
  • Assessment Panel Members;
  • Para-planners;
  • Lodgement Officers;
  • Administrative staff who support Development Assessment.

 

Overview

After this session you will have an understanding of the essentials relating to the new lodgement, assessment and determination regime for applications for development authorisation under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and associated procedural requirements of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017.

 

Key Learnings

The training will cover the essential processes associated with the new assessment framework including:
  • Assessment pathways;
  • Relevant authorities;
  • Application and lodgement requirements;
  • The verification process;
  • Further information requests;
  • Referrals;
  • Public notification and consultation processes;
  • Requirements under relevant Practice Directions;
  • Assessment timeframes;
  • Deemed consents;
  • Notification of decisions;
  • Conditions and reserved matters;
  • Variations;
  • Private certification processes;
  • Review of Assessment Manager decisions
  • Appeals and reviews to the Environment, Resources and Development Court.

 

Facilitator

Gavin Leydon, Principal – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Gavin leads the firm’s Environment and Planning team and is a specialist in property development, urban and regional planning, environmental and administrative law. Gavin has been extensively involved in planning system reform and the transition to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act regime, including the provision of advice to State and local government, the LGA and training to the sector.

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Property Law for Planners

Legal

Duration: Half Day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Planning and Development Officers; Development Compliance Officers; Infrastructure Officers; and Managers of these areas.

 

Overview

To provide an overview of the fundamental property law concepts that council officers encounter that are most relevant in a planning context.  This open training forum will provide participants with the confidence to navigate the basics of property law within a council development assessment or strategic planning setting. 

The training session will comprise a combination of different formats including: a tutorial to teach the concepts; hypothetical examples to illustrate the concepts in a practical setting; and a question and answer based session where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance and advice.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of commonly used property terminology; 
  • Explanation of fundamental property law concepts applicable to councils, as particularly relevant to development assessment and strategic planning; 
  • Practical guidance for councils on property matters within a planning context; 
  • Information sharing between councils.

 

Facilitator

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

Aden Miegel, Senior Associate- Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Since joining Norman Waterhouse, Aden, as part of the Environment and Planning Team, advises both local government and private clients on a wide variety of matters arising under the Development Act 1993, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and other legislation that is relevant to planning and development. Aden enjoys delivering training and education to our clients and the industry, which includes a nationally accredited training course in a Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning).

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Site Contamination

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Property Officers; Environmental/Sustainability Officers; and Managers in these areas.

 

Overview

This course is designed to give an overview of the key issues and considerations associated with site contamination. It will summarise the statutory framework, including the role and functions of the environmental regulator (the EPA) and the various legal obligations arising under the Environment Protection Act 1993. It will also give participants an opportunity to discuss practical issues arising in the course of property transactions involving contaminated or potentially contaminated land, and proposed changes to the development assessment and referral process under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the relevant statutory framework
  • Explanation of how the statutory framework interacts with general contractual law principles
  • Explanation of the role of the EPA
  • Discussion of how the various legal principles are applied in practice, and how practitioners can identify and manage risk associated with contaminated sites.

 

Facilitator

Peter Psaltis, Principal - Environment, planning and development - Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Peter advises and represents government and private clients in his areas of specialty, including town planning and development, land management, environment protection, site contamination, compulsory acquisition, property and infrastructure related matters. Peter has an extensive history in presenting at Local Government conferences and he also lectures and tutors Environmental Law topics in the University of Adelaide / Law Society of South Australia Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice course.

Yari McCall, Senior Associate – Property, Infrastructure and Commercial – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Yari has expertise in strategic property and major infrastructure projects as well as all general dealings with land; including due diligence, sales and purchases, leases, licenses, management agreements, easements, encumbrances and caveats. Yari advises both local government and private clients and she is an engaging presenter with a keen interest in providing professional development and training opportunities for clients on a variety of topics.

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

Trees and the Law

Legal

Duration: Half Day 
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Planning, Policy and Compliance Officers and Council Arborists.

 

Overview

This one-day course will be presented in three parts. The first part will explore the common law relating to trees, and Councils' obligations and powers under the Local Government Act 1999. Liability issues will also be discussed.
 
The second part will provide an overview of trees in a development context. In particular, this session will focus on the regulated tree provisions of the Development Act 1993, Development Plan policy and recent case law in relation to the assessment of development applications involving tree-damaging activity.
 
The third part will then examine compliance issues and enforcement under the Development Act 1993 and/or the Local Government Act 1999.

 

Key Learnings

  • Regulated trees v significant trees - what is the difference?
  • A two tier system for assessment
  • Policy making with respect to trees
  • Section 221 permits under the Local Government Act 1999
  • Significant tree prosecutions
  • Case law review
  • Enforcement under the Development Act 1993 and/or the Local Government Act 1999 liability risks.

 

Facilitator

Joanna Clare, Senior Associate – Planning, Development and Environment – Norman Waterhouse Lawyers 
Jo commenced practicing in planning and environmental law in 2011, and in this role, she advises council clients in all aspects of planning, building and environmental law under the Development Act 1993 andincreasingly the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. Jo routinely presents training seminars on a range of topics, including planning reform, Section 7 searches and enforcement. 

The Norman Waterhouse Local Government team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of advice and representation to the local government sector in South Australia.  

 

Additional Information

If you are an accredited professional within the Local Government sector you are eligible for a discounted rate of $350incl GST per person. To enrol, please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or training@lga.sa.gov.au.

For further information about the content of this program or to enquire about having this program brought ‘In-House’ to your council or to a ‘Council Hub’ near you please contact LGA Training on 8224 2000 or at training@lga.sa.gov.au.
 
Please understand that by registering you are accepting our policy conditions. For a copy of our policies, please click here.

 

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