Macquarie Local Government Lawyers has been conducting training for Council staff and Councillors for more than 10 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: July & August 2017





Pathways, Roadsides, Stormwater Infrastructure and Municipal Parks and Reserves – Combined pitfalls for liability workshop 


             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 19 July 2017
              Time:       9:30am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)





Arising from earlier decisions of the High Court of Australia and the implementation of the ‘Ipp Report’, it is now more than thirteen years since substantive changes were made to Victorian legislation dealing with the liability of Councils in negligence, including for the management of roads.


Additionally, local government now has the benefit of comment and guidance from a number of Courts in relation to the interpretation of the Road Management Act 2004, particularly the policy and other defence provisions available to Councils which have made a road management plan.


Following a very recent and landmark decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Greater Shepparton City Council v Clarke, local government now has a further piece of the jig-saw to assist it in understanding the complexities of the Road Management Act 2004 and the related common law in relation to non-road infrastructure and also – it is suggested – the wider liability of Councils.


Drawing on case studies, this workshop will examine the circumstances under which Councils – whether as road authorities, infrastructure managers or municipal park and reserve custodians and occupiers – can owe both common law and statutory duties to the public, the basis on which the duties must be discharged by Councils, and the effect which the policy and other defences available under the Road Management Act 2004 (and the Wrongs Act 1958) can have on the proper fulfilment of these duties, and any resulting legal liability.


Practical, common sense advice will be offered to municipal infrastructure and property managers with respect to the steps which Councils should take to ensure that reasonable care is taken, and properly balanced out, to address infrastructure and property risks, including in relation to the magnitude of risks and the probability of their occurrence, along with the expense, difficulty and inconvenience of Councils being required to take alleviating action given other conflicting responsibilities which all Councils have.




Subdivision Act workshop


             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 16 August 2017
              Time:       9:30am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)







Peter Lucas is conducting this workshop which will examine the procedural requirements of the Subdivision Act, looking at particular areas that are of relevance to local government.


Participants will be taken through the processes that are required to certify plans, to remove and vary easements and covenants, public open space requirements and the difficulties sometimes encountered for section 24A plans (vesting and removal of ‘reserve land’). The workshop will be of particular relevance to property, subdivision and planning officers.


The workshop will focus on –

  • application of the Act;
  • implied statutory easements;
  • statements of compliance;
  • the effect of registration;
  • compulsory acquisition and removal of easements;
  • obtaining owner consents;
  • public works;
  • works agreements (including section 173 agreements);
  • section 24A (reserve plans);
  • appeals;
  • role of referral authorities;
  • open space requirements;
  • easements and restrictions;
  • section 35 plans; and
  • case studies. 



Council Report Writing workshop


             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 23 August 2017
              Time:       10:00am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)







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.



General Enforcement workshop


             Venue:     Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, DONCASTER

              Date:       Wednesday, 30 August 2017
              Time:       10:00am - 1:00pm (to be followed by a light lunch) 
              Cost:        $385 (inclusive of GST)







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!