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Macquarie Local Government Lawyers has been conducting training for Council staff and Councillors for more than 15 years. We regularly hold practical and informative workshops on relevant local government issues. Details of our upcoming open workshops can be found below.
 
Macquarie Local Government Lawyers In-house Workshops
 
Macquarie also conducts in-house workshops for Councils interested in group training. This allows you to select the most appropriate date and to hold the session on-site. We can also customise the workshop to suit your Council's processes, issues and objectives. Please feel free to contact our office on (03) 9650 6700 if you would like to discuss your training options in more detail.
 
Macquarie Local Government Lawyers Open Workshops: August and September 2018

  


 

Dealing with challenging behaviour in Local Government workshop   

             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 8 August 2018
              Time:       10am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)

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In recent years the Victorian Ombudsman has released several reports designed at improving awareness and management of unreasonable and difficult complainants.

In acknowledgement of the increasing number, frequency and complexity of challenging behaviours, the Ombudsman released her most recent report entitled “Good Practice Guide to dealing with challenging behaviour” in May this year.

Whilst the template policies published by the Ombudsman’s office are helpful, our experience shows us that Councils are not implementing this information in a practical way through the introduction of internal procedures and protocols.

This workshop to be conducted by Terry Bramham and Georgie Ward will review the most typical examples of complainant behaviour in local government and with reference to actual case studies we will discuss how Councils should deal with complaints to ensure that resources are not stretched and staff wellbeing is not compromised.

All Council staff involved in receiving, screening and managing complaints and difficult complainant behaviour will benefit from this workshop.

 


Councillor conduct issues workshop  

             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 22 August 2018
              Time:       10am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)

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Never before have we seen such unprecedented levels of poor Councillor behaviour - placing unnecessary stress on other Councillors and Council staff who attempt to manage often broken and irretrievable relationships.

Almost 2 years since the introduction of governance legislation aimed at improving the conduct of Councillors, disputation amongst Councillors continues to increase, presenting an unwelcome and unnecessary distraction for Councils.   

Disputes between Councillors must therefore be addressed promptly to minimise disruption to Council business. Having regard to their statutory responsibilities, Mayors must play a proactive role in supporting good working relations between Councillors and promoting efficient dispute resolution.

Mayors also need to be supported by, and work closely with, Council’s Principal Conduct Officer whose responsibilities include assisting in the implementation and conduct of the internal resolution procedure specified in the Councillor Code of Conduct.

This workshop, being conducted by Terry Bramham and Georgie Ward, will examine the dispute resolution process to be followed under the Councillor Code of Conduct. Councillors and Council staff who are required to assist with managing disputation amongst Councillors will benefit from attending this workshop.

 


Conflict of Interest workshop  

             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 29 August 2018
              Time:       10am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)

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Despite the Local Government Bill having been introduced into Parliament, it is apparent that any passage and the staged implementation of the Bill will not commence prior to the middle of next year.

This means that the current conflict of interest provisions, which are misunderstood, will continue to operate longer than intended.

Terry Bramham and Georgie Ward are conducting a workshop to practically explain using relevant examples and relying on a methodical approach, the conflict of interest obligations applying to -

  • All Council staff under the conduct principles set out in section 95 of the Local Government Act 1989;
  • Council staff holding delegated authority under section 80B of the Act;
  • Council staff involved in the preparation of a report for consideration by Council, under section 80C of the Act; and
  • Councillors under the Act and the Councillor code of conduct.

The workshop will also address –

  • Perceived conflicts of interest;
  • Declaring a conflict of interest or disclosing an interest; and
  • Managing a conflict of interest.

  


Council Report Writing workshop  

             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 19 September 2018
              Time:       10am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)

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One of the toughest challenges faced by Council staff members is the preparation of meaningful officer reports for Council and senior management consideration.

Terry Bramham and Georgie Ward are conducting this highly relevant workshop designed to assist Council staff of all levels in the preparation of officer reports. This workshop is guaranteed to provide officers with a practical understanding of what is required in order to prepare meaningful reports.

In addition to considering relevant examples of reports (both good and bad) the workshop will explore the following topics – 

  • Report Content;
  • Report Style;
  • Defamatory and Inflammatory Comments;
  • Third Party Considerations;
  • Objectivity and Officer Professionalism;
  • Conflicts of Interest;
  • Relevant and Irrelevant Inclusions; and
  • Political Awareness.