The firm acts only for Victorian Municipal Councils thereby avoiding any conflicts of interest.

The Macquarie practice is based on the relationships it builds with its clients.
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: May, June & July 2018

 


The Proposed New Local Government Act 2018 – What’s Happening with Special Rates and Charges? workshop  

           Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 30 May 2018
              Time:       9:30am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)

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Peter Lucas, as part of his extensive special rates and charges practice, is conducting this important and very topical workshop, both as a ‘refresher’ and also to deal with the latest legal developments in this area, given the passage of the proposed new Local Government Act.

The workshop will focus on the key changes to the existing special rates and charges provisions of the Local Government Act 1989, as they are being proposed by the Local Government Bill 2018. The changes considered will highlight the potential key ‘hotspots’ – based on emerging and decided issues.

The workshop is a ‘must attend’ for any person involved in, or considering, a special rate or charge scheme. It will be of particular interest to infrastructure, economic development and governance/administration staff, and legal officers.

The workshop will focus on the new procedures and processes proposed by the new legislation, and the expanded role of VCAT, including the steps which Councils will be required to follow in ‘consulting’ with ratepayers, getting the declaration ‘right’, preparing ‘correct’ public notices, addressing ‘submissions’ and ‘objections’, and dealing with other potential ‘pitfalls’.

Also included in the workshop will be a consideration of recent VCAT and Supreme Court decisions, and the likely impact of these decisions on the application of the proposed new special rates and charges provisions in the Bill.

  


Council Report Writing workshop  

             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 6 June 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.

 


Alcohol, sexual harassment and Councillor conduct workshop  

             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 20 June 2018
              Time:       10am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)

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Recent events reported in the media highlight the ongoing complexities and challenges of Councillor relationships.

Now, 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.

 


Land Acquisition and Compensation Act workshop  

             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 27 June 2018
              Time:       9:30am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)

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Peter Lucas is conducting this workshop. It will overview the substantive and procedural requirements of the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (and the regulations made under that Act), and the important relationship between that Act and the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

It will also examine the legal principles upon which compensation for interests in land is to be determined.

The workshop will be of particular interest to property, planning and infrastructure officers.

The workshop will focus on-

  • Meaning of ‘acquisition’ and ‘land’;
  • Statutory exceptions;
  • Compensation;
  • Interactive case studies;
  • Reservation requirements;
  • Acquisition of interests; and
  • Resolving disputes.

  


General Enforcement workshop  

             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 18 July 2018
              Time:       10am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)

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The competent investigation of an alleged offence will ultimately determine the success of any resultant prosecution.

Terry Bramham and Georgie Ward are conducting this practical and informative enforcement workshop designed specifically for Local Government Enforcement Officers.

The workshop will focus on improving investigative techniques as well as discussing the key principles and skills required for officers to properly discharge their duties. Relevant ‘real life’ case studies will be considered, including a ‘mock’ Court presentation for participants to observe.

All officers, regardless of their experience or area of expertise, will benefit from this workshop which will better equip attendees to confidently and successfully undertake enforcement duties.

The following topics will be addressed –

  • Powers of Authorised Officers;
  • Investigative & interviewing techniques;
  • The consequences of unsuccessful enforcement;
  • Preparing a brief of evidence;
  • Evidentiary proofs, photographs & certified documentation;
  • Prosecution proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court; and
  • Tips on how to be a competent witness, AND MORE!

 


Effective Procurement, Contract Management & Fraud Awareness workshop  

             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 25 July 2018
              Time:       10am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)

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This workshop is designed for Local Government staff who are involved in both areas of procurement and contract management.

 To be conducted by Terry Bramham and Georgie Ward, this workshop will explore –

 Procurement, including – 

  • Thorough planning;
  • Preparation of the specification;
  • EOI and tender processes;
  • Communication with respondents and tenderers;
  • The function of the tender evaluation panel;
  • Procurement policy compliance; and
  • Awarding the contract.

 Contract Management, including – 

  • Fundamental considerations;
  • Contractor meetings and minutes;
  • Strategies for effective contract management;
  • Non-compliance/ non-performance;
  • ‘Show cause’ notices;
  • Suspension and termination; and
  • Contract variations.

Fraud awareness