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Audit Committees - General Overview

Governance

Duration: Half day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Audit Committee Members, Elected Members and council staff  
 

 

Overview

The role of an Audit Committee is important to understand. This session provides a broad overview of the legislative and practical responsibilities of an Audit Committee as part of council’s leadership and good governance obligations.
 

 

Facilitator

David Powell, Managing Director, Powell & Co
David has over 36 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant including 25 years in Big 4 accounting firms with 10 years as a partner.  He consults to clients in a range of industries on IT audit, risk management, internal audit, probity and corporate governance. 
David is currently the Presiding Member of the Audit Committee for City of Adelaide, City of Burnside, City of Onkaparinga, Roxby Downs Council and a member of the Audit Committee for Southern Region Waste Resource Authority.
 

 

Additional Information

If you would prefer to attend the full 3-hour session (which includes the additional hour 'Mock Meeting' at the end of the General Overview session) 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.

 

Audit Committees: General Overview and Mock Meeting

Governance

Duration: Half day 
Investment: $470 incl GST
Delivery: Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

Audit Committee Members, Elected Members and council staff  
 

 

Overview

The role of an Audit Committee is important to understand. This session provides a broad overview of the legislative and practical responsibilities of an Audit Committee as part of council’s leadership and good governance obligations and includes an interactive ‘mock meeting’ for the last hour of this three-hour session.
 

 

Facilitator

David Powell, Managing Director, Powell & Co
David has over 36 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant including 25 years in Big 4 accounting firms with 10 years as a partner.  He consults to clients in a range of industries on IT audit, risk management, internal audit, probity and corporate governance. 
David is currently the Presiding Member of the Audit Committee for City of Adelaide, City of Burnside, City of Onkaparinga, Roxby Downs Council and a member of the Audit Committee for Southern Region Waste Resource Authority.
 

 

Additional Information

If you would prefer to attend the first 2-hours only (which does not include the additional hour 'Mock Meeting' at the end) 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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

Caretaker Policy Information Session

Governance

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

 

Target Audience

Responsible council officers - general managers/ CEO’s and/or senior governance staff ) and elected members
 

 

Overview

Under Section 91A of the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 each council is required to adopt a caretaker policy to govern the conduct of the council (elected members) and staff during an election period.
 

 

Key Learnings

With legislative amendments mooted to both code of conduct and caretaker provisions, this training will ensure councils have an up-to-date understanding of:
  • The intent and content of the legislation
  • Governance and administration implications and timelines
  • The responsibilities of elected members and staff
  • Managing risks and potential exposure

 

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.

 

Chain of Responsibility (COR) and Load Restraint

Governance

Duration: Half day 
Investment: $110 incl GST
Delivery: Face 2 Face & Webinar  

 

Target Audience

Council staff or contractors to councils involved in the heavy vehicle supply chain; i.e. transport and logistics managers, heavy vehicle drivers and operators, logistics staff involved in load preparation, loading and unloading of heavy vehicles and transfer station/depot/warehouse receiving staff.

 

Overview

On 1 October 2018 the Heavy Vehicle National Law will be amended to provide that every party in the heavy vehicle transport supply chain has a duty to ensure the safety of their transport activities. Severe penalties will apply when changes are not adhered to.  In practical terms, this primary duty represents an obligation to eliminate or minimise potential harm or loss (risk) by doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure safety.

As a party in the supply chain, it is important to have safety management systems and controls in place, such as business practices, training, procedures and review processes that:
  • Identify, assess, evaluate, and control risk
  • Manage compliance with speed, fatigue, mass, dimension, loading and vehicle standards requirements through identified best practice
  • Involve regular reporting, including to executive officers
  • Document or record actions taken to manage safety.

 

Key Learnings

  • COR background and National Heavy Vehicle Law changes
  • Chain of Responsibility- What is it?
  • Scope of COR: responsible parties, national regulation compliance
  • COR Policy: Proactive risk management
  • Corporate Liability
  • Examples of Breaches
  • Load restraint: Legislative requirements, vehicle and restraint capacity
  • Questions and scenarios

 

Facilitator

Peter McWhinnie, Paragon Work Health Safety

 

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.

 

Code of Conduct for Elected Members

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Elected Members

 

Overview

This session is designed to give participants a deeper understanding of the Code of Conduct in the context of an elected member’s statutory obligations.

Participants will explore the continuum of ‘prevention to intervention’ methods when upholding the Code of Conduct.  The session will expand on what is covered in ‘Module 2: Legal Responsibilities’, providing further information in relation to the LGA’s Governance Panel, the SA Ombudsman and ICAC.

 

Facilitator

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
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

The session will use case studies from the sector to illustrate and enforce understanding. 

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.

 

Community Land Management Plans

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Property officers, community land managers, open space planners, general managers, governance and risk officers and economic development officers
 

 

Overview

As a consequence of the Supreme Court judgment in the ‘Coast Park’ case, many councils are considering reviewing their CLMPs. Such reviews are timely, especially where CLMPs have not been substantively reviewed since their introduction in the early 2000s. It is recognised that non-compliant or inadequate CLMPs may not only put at risk decisions and projects involving community land, but may also restrict progress and development of community land.

Conversely, well-crafted CLMPs will facilitate outcomes, projects and decision-making, by providing certainty around what can and cannot occur on community land. Such a CLMP may unlock the potential for community land to be used and managed in innovative and contemporary ways.

The object of the training is to empower council staff to undertake CLMP reviews with confidence and a clear strategic purpose and mindset.  
 

 

Key Learnings

The focus of the workshop will be to upskill council staff to better understand the statutory framework and requirements pertaining to community land, while also identifying ways in which the content of CLMPs can be modernised so as to facilitate strategic outcomes and priorities.
 

 

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.

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.

 

 

Conflict of Interest for Elected Members

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Elected Members 

 

Overview

This program is designed to provide participants with a deeper understanding of Conflict of Interest in the context of an elected members’ statutory obligations beyond what is covered in the ‘Module 2: Legal Responsibilities’. 

The session will explore ways to distinguish and differentiate between various conflicts of interest and discuss ways to effectively reduce an elected members’ risk of non-compliance.

 

Facilitators

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
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.

 

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.

 

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 Meetings and Chamber Etiquette

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

New Council Members keen to understand Council and Committee Meeting Procedures and Chairing Skills. Returned Members who would like to update their strategies and knowledge.   

 

Key Learnings

  • Chamber etiquette 101
  • Strategies to chair Local Government meetings more effectively and productively in accordance with the appropriate Acts
  • The application of the provisions of the Act and the Regulations in relation to procedures at Council and Council Committee meetings
  • Meeting processes and chairing skills in Local Government meetings
  • Roles and responsibilities of those attending Local Government meetings
  • Knowledge and skills required to contribute effectively to the decision making processes
  • Strategies to undertake the role of presiding member more effectively and productively
  • The legislative requirements in relation to the process and procedures involved in Local Government meetings and participation in meetings.

 

Facilitator

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
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.

 

Developing Policy that Makes a Difference

Governance

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

 

Target Audience

Officers from all departments of Council with responsibility or aspirations for developing Council policy positions, and anyone who wants to learn more about the role of policy in Council and the process of developing it.
 

 

Overview

                                          
“It sounds good, but nothing will happen”  or “How do we get from plan to action?”

You may have heard these kinds of statements from your customers or colleagues, or perhaps you’ve even said something similar yourself … But policy done right can make a genuine impact - by solving a problem, managing a risk, or contributing to the achievement of a goal.
 
Councils create and apply policy to guide their day to day decision making, meet their obligations, address conflicts and challenges, and shape the future of their communities. This course is about starting the policy development process with the end result in mind, and using best practice to maximize impact and success.

With a focus on sound process and practical considerations, the session will incorporate examples from Councils’ core business as well as participant experiences and contributions.
 

 

Key Learnings

  • Understand the role of policy in Councils’ work;
  • Understand the context of policy making including legislation, governance arrangements, and the public interest;
  • Identify possible challenges to creating effective policy and develop strategies to overcome these challenges;
  • Clearly establish the purpose and scope of a policy, and a plan for its development;
  • Effectively seek information required to produce policy, including relevant input from others;
  • Prepare policy documents that are logically structured, clearly written, and appropriate for the user; and
  • Create a plan for promoting and supporting implementation of a new policy, and monitoring and reviewing its impact.
 

 

Facilitator

Victoria Haupt has been working with local government in strategy and policy development for almost 15 years. Qualified in urban and regional planning and training and assessment, she is the founder of writing and consulting practice Concise www.concise.com.co   
 

 

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 Management

Governance

Duration: Half day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Webinar 
 

 

Target Audience

  • Employees/ contractors of councils who are managers
  • Team leaders and animal management officers/rangers/authorised officers under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

 

Overview

This training is designed for officers who respond to requests made by the public to pick-up and manage wandering and injured dogs and who conduct investigations as a result of breaches of the legislation. 
  

 

Key Learnings

  • The legislation, specifically concentrating on all recent amendments and its effect on council processes and procedures
  • Public officer duties and the powers of authorised officers pursuant to the legislation who give directions and cautions and who conduct of investigations
  • The issuing of expiation notices and civil orders pursuant to the Act.
  • The legislation dealing with the seizure and detention of animals and the appropriate forms to complete upon utilising these powers

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Partner, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team.  Paul’s experience includes governance, policy advice, administrative law issues and statutory interpretation. Representing client councils in contested matters in the Magistrates Court, the Liquor Licensing Court and Tribunal, the District Court, the Supreme Court and the Environment, Resources and Development Court, is a principal area of Paul’s practice.

 

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.

 

Electronic Council meetings – Everything you need to know!

Governance

Duration: 2 hours (12:30pm - 2pm)
Investment: Free
Delivery: Webinar
 

 

Target Audience

CEOs and Governance Managers and Officers
 

 

Overview

This session has been created to provide an overview of the ‘Electronic Participation in Council Meetings Notice’ (No 1) 2020, regarding facilitating the participation by Council members in Council meetings by electronic means.
 
This open forum session will provide participants with information in relation to all aspects of electronic meetings including the necessary amendments to codes of practice and policies. It will also offer a Q&A opportunity whereby participants can ask questions and seek guidance and advice.
 
 

 

Key Learnings

  • Summary of the Electronic Participation in Council Meetings Notice (No 1) 2020.
  • Summary of the amendments required to councils’ code of practice for meeting procedure, code of practice for access to meetings and informal gatherings policy
  • Information sharing between councils
 

 

Facilitator

 
Felice D’Agostino and Dale Mazzachi are Principals in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers.
 
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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Funding after Hibernation

Governance

Duration: Half day
Investment: $385 incl GST
Delivery: Webinar

 

Target Audience

Council staff who are keen to understand the funding process coming out of COVID-19 ‘hibernation’. 

 

Overview

With the path ahead uncharted, this program will offer an insight into how funding is expected to flow as we come out of hibernation, and what this means for councils.  This session will review how the grant process works and assist participants build their council’s capacity to both pursue funding and say ‘no’ to offers that cannot possibly be delivered.  

 

Key Learnings

  • Expected funding process over the next 3 weeks, 3 months and 3 years; 
  • Managing existing projects, including fire and drought, when you can no longer meet funding deed requirements; 
  • Preparing a realistic plan for selecting projects for future funding within your resource capacity; 
  • Process for preparing projects to be shovel ready; 
  • How to say ‘no’ to funding offers from state and Australian Government when you cannot possibly deliver; 
  • Stories from inside State and Australian Government and how the systems really works

 

Facilitator

Colin Steele is Managing Director of Section51. Prior to establishing Section51, Colin worked for 10 years in local government, 11 years in State Government, including disaster management, and 10 years designing, assessing, managing and evaluating grant programs for the Australian Government.  Colin was a key architect of the local government programs developed while working inside the Australian Government during the Global Financial Crisis.  Section51 has achieved funding for over $600 million in local government projects in the last 8 years.  Colin is based in Canberra with an extensive network in both Australian and State Government.

 

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.

 

How to Draft a Statutory Notice Workshop

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Governance Officers
 

 

Overview

Councils have extensive powers available to them to require members of the public to comply with legislative controls and to restrict particular activities. However before a council exercises those powers it is usually required to provide a notice setting out the action the person is required to take or the activity that is required to cease to remedy the contravention of the law.

Statutory notices are issued under many pieces of legislation including the Local Government Act 1999, Food Act 2001, SA Public Health Act 2011, Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 and Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and cover matters such as the sale of land for non payment of rates, sanitary condition of food premises and risks to public health.  A failure to comply with a statutory notice often constitutes an offence and empowers the Council to take the action required by the notice and recover its costs in doing so from the person to whom the notice was issued.
 
A defective statutory notice will likely invalidate the notice and render unlawful any action the council takes pursuant to the defective notice.  It is essential therefore that statutory notices are drafted carefully and the procedure for service and enforcement of the notice is legislatively complaint.
 
This workshop will equip you with the skills to draft any statutory notice and provide you with all the essential information to ensure the Council’s statutory notices withstand scrutiny by the Courts and the Ombudsman. A number of template statutory notices will be prepared during the workshop which you will be able to take back to your council for future use.  
 

 

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. 

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

You may also be interested in: How to use LGA Delegation Templates - Workshop.

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.

 

How to Use LGA Delegations Templates Workshop

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Governance Officers

 

Overview

In 2006 the LGA partnered with Norman Waterhouse to deliver the Local Government Delegations Templates Project. These delegations templates have become an invaluable tool for councils, but is your council using the templates correctly and most effectively?

This workshop will provide a practical demonstration of the LGA delegations templates and provide participants with hands on experience in using the templates. Tips for getting the most out of the templates and traps to watch out for will be discussed and participants will have the opportunity to have all their questions answered.

 

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

You may be interested in How to Draft a Statutory Notice Workshop.

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 Elected Members

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Elected Members

 

Overview

As members of local government bodies, elected members must be aware of, and comply with their obligations as public officers 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 and the reporting obligations of public officers.

 

Key Learnings

  • Role of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption
  • Definitions of, and real-life examples of maladministration, misconduct and corruption
  • Obligations of public officers pursuant to the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (SA)
  • Reporting obligations for elected members under the ICAC framework

 

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.

 

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.

 

Introduction to Rates

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

New and intermediate rates and finance officers

 

Overview

Councils must tax their constituents in order to provide services which benefit those constituents. This is a fundamental feature of representative government. In the case of local government, the power to tax is conferred by the ‘rating’ provisions of the Local Government Act 1999.

The power to tax is a power which must be exercised equitably and accurately, and strictly in accordance with the parameters set out by legislation. The work of rates and finance officers is vital to local government, and so all rates and finance officers must have a proper understanding of the legal basis of rating.

 

Key Learnings

  • The different types of rates and charges which may be imposed under the Local Government Act 1999;
  • Elements of rates, including fixed charges, value of land, differentiating factors, minimum rates, and maximum rates;
  • When, why and how separate rates, service rates and service charges may be imposed;
  • Procedural requirements for the adoption of rates and charges;
  • Mandatory rebates, discretionary rebates, postponements, and remissions;
  • The assessment record;
  • Requirements for rates notices;
  • Whom a council can recover rates from, and the consequences of default by a ratepayer.

 

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 and You

Governance

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

 

Target Audience

All Council Staff
 

 

Overview

Previously called ‘Local Government – An Introduction’, this updated program includes new information about being a Public Officer under the Local Government Act 1999.

Working in the local government sector is a meaningful and a rewarding experience and an opportunity to build and grow local communities. Being part of the public service at the local level presents exciting opportunities and challenges to truly – make a difference!

‘Local Government and You’ provides an overview of the Local Government sector and the important role it plays.

With the use of relevant local government case studies this program provides robust underpinning knowledge about the way Local Governments are constituted, the separation of roles between the Council and the Administration and the responsibilities of working in a compliance environment.
 

 

Key Learnings

  • The different levels of government and why they exist;
  • The separation of powers and duties;
  • The role of Mayors, Councillors, the CEO and council employees (what it means to be a Public Officer);
  • The impact Local Governments have on communities;
  • How decisions are made about the services councils provide;
  • The importance of protecting privacy and confidentiality and
  • How you can contribute to a positive work culture while strengthening council and sector reputation within the community.
  

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 Government Reform Implications

Governance

Overview

The State Government’s Local Government Reform process contained over 70 proposals for changing the Local Government Act. While not all of these changes will be supported by Parliament, the impact of changes is still expected to be substantial.

Upon the finalisation of the Amendment Bill LGA Training intends to offer training sessions outlining the changes and providing advice on how councils should prepare.
 
Some elements of the changes may warrant additional specific training sessions (i.e. new processes for managing Elected Member conduct, conflict of interests requirements). To stay informed about upcoming training sessions or to request specific sessions inhouse at your council or at a council hub please ‘register here’.

 

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.

 

Make a Difference - Nominate for Council

Governance

Duration: Half day
Investment: Free
Delivery: Face 2 Face
 

Target Audience

Individuals interested in standing for election on council

 

Overview

This session is an overview of what it means to be a council member. It will be run in conjunction with ECSA.

 

Key Learnings

  • The role and functions of a council
  • Relationship between councils and other spheres of government
  • Role of an elected member
  • Allowances and expenses
  • Legal responsibilities
  • How elections are conducted
  • Eligibility and the process of nomination
  • Campaigning for election

 

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.
 

 

Meeting Procedures for Mayors and Chairs

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Mayors and Chairpersons

 

Overview

This session will provide specific guidance on the presiding member’s obligations in relation to meeting procedures at council meetings, which are above those of elected members. The key responsibilities of the Mayors and Chairs will be discussed, in addition to practical considerations for Mayors and Chairs to consider in preparing for and assistance at council meetings.  

 

Key Learnings

  • Key responsibilities of Mayors and Chairs pursuant to legislation and code of practice
  • How to prepare for council meetings
  • Meeting 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.

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.

 

Mock Council Meeting

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Elected Members

 

Overview

To enhance on the skills and understanding gained by elected council members as part of their mandatory training on Council and Committee Meetings, this session is an opportunity for elected members to put those skills to practice.

This interactive workshop will give elected members an opportunity to act as participants in a mock council meeting and further explore the formal decision making process of an elected body, while observing the statutory meeting procedures. 

 

Key Learnings

  • How the statutory meeting procedures in the local government legislative framework can be utilised and properly applied in practice
  • Appropriate interaction with council members and the Chairperson

 

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.

 

Module 1 – Introduction to Local Government

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Elected Members and Council staff

 

Overview

‘Introduction to Local Government’ is the first module in a series of four modules that constitute South Australia’s Council Member mandatory training requirements. The LGA’s ‘Training Standards for Council Members’ is the minimum training requirement for South Australian council members. Every newly elected council member must meet these requirements within the first 12 months of their four year term.

The Standard also recommends that continuing members complete refresher training in: 
Module 2: Legal Responsibilities (which will include the nature of the latest legislative changes) and
Module 4: Financial Management and Reporting to ensure competency.

This module will explore the Australian system of Government, the roles, functions and objectives of Local Government and the mandatory and discretionary services provided by councils in South Australia.

 

Key Learnings

  • Overview of the Australian system of Government and the relationship between tiers of Government
  • Specific roles, functions and objectives of Local Government 
  • Legislative framework of Local Government 
  • Roles of elected members, chief executive officer and council employees
  • Mandatory and discretionary services provided by councils

 

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.

 

Module 2 - Legal Responsibilities

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Elected Members and Council staff

 

Overview

‘Legal Responsibilities’ is the second module in a series of four modules that constitute South Australia’s Council Member mandatory training requirements.

The LGA’s ‘Training Standards for Council Members’ is the minimum training requirement for South Australian council members. 

Every newly elected council member must meet these requirements within the first 12 months of their four year term. The Standard also recommends that continuing members complete refresher training in Module 2: Legal Responsibilities (which will include the nature of the latest legislative changes) and Module 4: Financial Management and Reporting to ensure competency. This module will explore elected members’ legal roles and responsibilities and the pitfalls of non-compliance through ‘real life’ example case studies.
 

 

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.

 

Module 3 – Council & Committee Meetings

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

Elected members and council staff

 

Overview

‘Council & Committee Meetings’ is the third module in a series of four modules that constitute South Australia’s Council Member mandatory training requirements.

The LGA’s ‘Training Standards for Council Members’ is the minimum training requirement for South Australian council members.

Every newly elected council member must meet these requirements within the first 12 months of their four year term.

This session is designed to develop skills and understanding of the structure of council & committee meetings and the formal decision making process. Drawing on the experience of the first couple of council meetings elected members will be given an opportunity to further explore meeting procedures through participation in a mock meeting. 

 

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.

 

Module 4 - Financial Management and Reporting

Governance

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

 

Target Audience

Elected Members and council staff

 

Overview

‘Financial Management and Reporting’ is the fourth module in a series of four modules that constitute South Australia’s Council Member mandatory training requirements.

The LGA’s ‘Training Standards for Council Members’ is the minimum training requirement for South Australian council members.

Every council member must meet these requirements within the first 12 months of their four year term. The Standard also recommends that continuing members complete refresher training in Module 2: Legal Responsibilities (which will include the nature of the latest legislative changes) and Module 4: Financial Management and Reporting to ensure competency.

This module explores the responsibilities of good financial governance for Council and elected members. In this session elected members will gain a better understanding of their leadership role in long term financial and asset management planning, setting rates and monitoring budgets.

 

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.

 

PID Act Training

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

CEOs, Responsible Officers and Council Staff. Elected members also welcome to attend. 

 

Overview

The session will include an overview of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2018, which is due to commence operation on 1 July 2019. It will address the detail of the regime under the Act, which replaces the current Whistleblowers Act, and will also discuss the accompanying Public Interest Disclosure Regulations 2019 as well as the Public Interest Disclosure Guidelines released by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.

In addition, the session will include a detailed review of the LGA's Model Public Interest Disclosure Policy and Procedure, which will replace the existing Model Whistleblowers Policy and assist councils to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Act and the Guidelines.

 

Key Learnings

  • The new Public Interest Disclosure Act, its impact and the changes from the repealed Whistleblowers Act;
  • The LGA's new Model Public Interest Disclosure Policy and Procedure;  
  • The practical steps which need to be taken in preparation for the new regime.

Suggested pre-reading: 
  • LGA PID Update
  • LGA Model Public Interest Disclosure Policy
  • LGA Model Public Interest Disclosure Procedure
  • PID Guidelines

 

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.

 

Planning Act Essentials

Governance

Duration: Half Day
Investment: TBA
Delivery Options: Face 2 Face & Webinar

 

Target Audience

Elected Members 

 

Overview

Planning matters are a significant interest to the community.  It is important elected members have an understanding of the planning system in South Australia and how it relates to local communities.

This session will be delivered in partnership with the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure and provide an overview of the essentials of the state planning system, the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 that will be fully operational in July 2020. 

 

Additional Information

Participants are encouraged to also attend the Council Assessment Panel session for a more a detailed overview on how planning assessment works within council. 

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.

 

Register of Interests – Elected Members

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

All Elected Members

 

Overview

This training will provide an overview of the requirements regarding ‘register of interests’ for elected members with a detailed explanation of all the types of interests that must be disclosed in a primary and ordinary return as well as the information contained in the returns that must be published on a website. Obligations of elected members to update their return will also be discussed as well as the consequences of failing to comply with the register of interest provisions. Examples will be provided of each interest that must be disclosed.

 

Key Learnings

  • Requirements regarding ‘register of interests’ under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA)
  • Types of interests that must be disclosed in a primary return
  • Types of interests that must be disclosed in a ordinary return
  • Consequences of failing to comply

 

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.

 

Register of Interests – Prescribed Officers

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

All staff who are Prescribed Officers under Section 111 of the Act

 

Overview

This training will provide an overview of the requirements regarding ‘register of interests’ with a detailed explanation of all the types of interests that must be disclosed in a primary and ordinary return. Examples will be provided of each interest that must be disclosed. The consequences of failing to comply with the register of interest provisions will also be discussed.

 

Key Learnings

  • Requirements regarding ‘register of interests’ under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA)
  • Types of interests that must be disclosed in a primary return
  • Types of interests that must be disclosed in a ordinary return
  • Consequences of failing to comply

 

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.
 

 

Responsible Social Media Use and Defamation Law

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

CEOs, HR Officers, Managers

 

Overview

Local government employees have a number of statutory and contractual obligations to councils in respect of their conduct during and sometimes outside of working hours. With technology and social media being integral parts of most people’s work and personal lives, it is important that employees are aware of how to appropriately and responsibly use these platforms.

This session will provide guidance to senior council officers on how to enforce responsible employee social media use and the implications of conduct to the contrary. Examples of inappropriate social media use can also lead to defamation publications being made.

In addition to explaining how councils can prevent inappropriate employee social media use, this session will provide an overview of defamation law in South Australia pursuant to the Defamation Act 2005 (SA) and common law.

 

Key Learnings

  • What should be included in a Social Media Policy
  • How to enforce responsible social media use amongst employees in the workplace
  • How to detect inappropriate social media use and protect confidential information/intellectual property of the council 
  • Work, health and safety implications of inappropriate social media use
  • What constitutes a defamatory publication
  • Defences to defamatory publications 

 

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.

 

Roles and Responsibilities of Council Employees

Legal

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

 

Target Audience

New and existing Council staff

 

Overview

Council employees have a number of roles and responsibilities pursuant to the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) and other industrial instruments. In addition, councils have a number of workplace policies and procedures that prescribe obligations on staff. This session will assist council employees to navigate their way through their various roles and responsibilities, while emphasizing the importance of their duties as public officers.  

 

Key Learnings

  • Explanation of the general duties of council employees pursuant to the Local Government Act 1999 (SA)  
  • Interaction between council employees and council members
  • Relationship between the performance of duties and the council’s broader responsibilities to the community and public

 

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.

 

Section 101A: Development Act Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee

Governance

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

 

Target Audience

  • Senior Managers
  • Planning Officers
  • Engineers
  • Community Development Officers
  • Economic Development Officers
  • Administration Officers/Executive Assistants

All Council Officers responsible for the preparation of Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committee meeting agendas and minutes.
 

 

Overview

The Development Act 1993 (Section 101A) requires Councils to establish Strategic Planning and Development Policy Committees. Such a Committee provides advice to Council on the extent to which the Council's strategic planning and development policies accord with the State Planning Strategy:
  • To assist Council in undertaking its strategic planning and monitoring function (relating to achieving orderly and efficient development, transport and land use planning, affordable housing); and
  • Providing advice to Council on Strategic Directions Reports and Development Plan Amendments.

 

Key Learnings

  • Governance requirements of Section 101A of the Development Act
  • Functions of the Committee
  • Relationship to the Local Government Act
  • Terms of Reference, membership, reporting requirements and delegations
  • Interrelationship to Council's Development Assessment function and role of the CDAP/RDAP
  • What exemptions might apply.

 

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 48: Notices under the Water Industry Act 2012

Governance

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

 

Target Audience

Council Staff who work within the jurisdiction of the Water Industry Act 2012

 

Overview

The Water Industry Act 2012, along with associated regulations and standards, is the legislative frame work through which councils can provide retail water services. Registration as a “Water Industry Entity” under the Act is necessary in order for a council to provide wastewater, storm water, and other services. As Water Industry Entities, councils are granted wide-ranging functions and powers to  establish services and infrastructure, and to enforce the proper maintenance of those services and infrastructure.
This session focuses on one power in particular: the power to issue a notice under Section 48 of the Water Industry Act 2012 requiring an owner of land to connect to sewerage infrastructure (“Section 48 Notice”).

 

Key Learnings

  • Council’s role in the Water Industry Act framework
  • Authorisations and delegations under the Water Industry Act
  • State Government approvals required before any Section 48 Notice can be issued
  • Legislatively required content of a Section 48 Notice
  • When to issue a Section 48 Notice
  • When to enter land, take action, and recover costs
  • Following up connections and enforcing the customer’s infrastructure obligations
  • Fundamentals of good investigation procedure and evidence gathering techniques
  • Authority to issue expiation notices and to prosecute

 

Facilitator

Paul Kelly, Partner, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers
Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team.  Paul’s experience includes governance, policy advice, administrative law issues and statutory interpretation. Representing client councils in contested matters in the Magistrates Court, the Liquor Licensing Court and Tribunal, the District Court, the Supreme Court and the Environment, Resources and Development Court, is a principal area of Paul’s practice.

 

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.
 

 

Strategy and Risk Management

Governance

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

 

Overview

Strategic management planning and understanding strategic risks are critical skills for the good governance of a local area.

This session will explore the framework for strategic management planning with the use of practical case studies from council.  

 

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.

 

Understanding your obligations under the Burial and Cremation Act 2013 and Regulations

Governance

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

 

Target Audience

All Council Staff.

 

Overview

Since 2013 in the state of South Australia there has been a single Act and Regulations covering all burials and cremations in South Australia. This course is designed to inform all attendees of their rights and importantly their obligations for ensuring compliance with this legislation

 

Key Learnings

  • The record keeping obligations under The Act.
  • What is an Interment Right?
  • What is a Plain English Statement?
  • What registers must be kept?
  • What must happen before a burial or cremation can take place?
  • Ownership of Monuments
  • Who takes over an interment right when the current holder dies?
  • Can Interment Rights be issued for a period of time or in perpetuity
  • What are the obligations regarding refunds for surrendered unexercised interment rights;
  • General compliance requirement
  • 30 minute discussion – ‘2 years on’ – the common questions and issues that have arisen as a result of the new legislation.

 

Facilitator

Robert Pitt - Chief Executive Officer of the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority
ACA is a state government authority that manages the West Terrance, Enfield, Cheltenham and Smithfield Cemeteries. Robert has been involved in the industry for over 12 years and is the current president of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of South Australia (CCASA)

 

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.

 

Voters Roll Compilation

Governance

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

 

Target Audience

Governance and Rates Officers

 

Overview

Under the provisions of the Local Government (Elections) Act 1999 the council supplementary voters roll expires and is purged from 1 January in the year of the periodic elections. Ratepayers who are not on the House of Assembly electoral roll for the council area and wish to vote in council elections are required to lodge a new application for enrolment. Councils must prepare a fresh roll and provide it to the Electoral Commission to merge with the House of Assembly roll.

 

Key Learnings

  • The voters roll (including the purging and new enrolment requirements)
  • Qualifications for enrolment
  • Procedures relevant to an election
  • Key dates for the 2018 periodic elections
  • Voting entitlements
  • Availability of the voters roll
  • Dealing with voting papers including declaration votes and scrutiny of the votes
  • Interaction with the office of the State Electoral Commissioner

 

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.

 

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