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Welcome to the July issue of our Local Government Briefly.

>   2015 Local Government Conference - Only 2 weeks left to register!
>   The Hon Dr Susan Close MP added to the Q&A - Local Government Style at our Local Government Conference
>   Employment – State minimum wage and award rates have increased
>   Local Government – SACAT poised to absorb many local government-related jurisdictions
>   City of West Torrens v Flourentzou – a case review of a recent successful prosecution
>   Employment and Industrial Relations – Introduction of the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015
>   Property, Infrastructure & Development – Legislation update: leases and licences under the Development Act, 1993

2015 Local Government Conference - Only 2 weeks left to register!

Friday 14 August
Adelaide Oval

Full program out now
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The Hon Dr Susan Close MP added to the Q&A - Local Government Style at our Local Government Conference

The Hon Dr Susan Close MP, Minister for Education & Child Development and Minister for the Public Sector, has now been added to our distinguished panel for our Q&A – Local Government Style at our Local Government Conference.

This Q&A will be facilitated by Mark Withers as he guides the panel through your questions on the burning issues facing local government today. The panel will also feature our very own Sean Keenihan, as well as The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese, Andrew Aitken, Chief Executive Officer, Adelaide Hills Council and Stephen Hains, Acting Chief Executive.

Submit your questions for this session here.



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Employment – State minimum wage and award rates have increased

The South Australian Industrial Relations Commission (Commission) has increased minimum wages for State-system employees from the first full pay period after 1 July 2015.

The minimum standard for remuneration for State-system employees has been increased by 2.5% to $668.80 per week ($17.60 per hour) for a 38-hour week. The minimum standard for remuneration applies to adult State-system employees who are covered by neither an award nor an enterprise agreement (Award/Agreement free employees).

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Local Government – SACAT poised to absorb many local government-related jurisdictions

Norman Waterhouse has been following the development of the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) with some interest. Many legal forums relevant to local government will be ‘rolled in’ to the SACAT, which is intended to be a central ‘super-tribunal’ for administrative reviews and appeals in South Australia. For a previous overview we have provided regarding the powers of the SACAT, see here.

The first jurisdiction to be rolled in to the SACAT of relevance to local government was the jurisdiction, formerly of the Land and Valuation Court, to review valuations made for the purpose of rating (for our previous article on this subject, see here).

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City of West Torrens v Flourentzou – a case review of a recent successful prosecution

We have recently been involved in another prosecution where the Environment, Resources and Development Court has imposed significant penalties in relation to unlawful development.

The defendant Leonidis George Flourentzou was charged with one count of undertaking development which was not an approved development, three counts of undertaking development contrary to a development authorisation and one count of failing to comply with various directions set out in an enforcement notice issued to him by the Council pursuant to Section 84 of the Development Act 1993.

The defendant pleaded guilty to all five charges.  

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Employment and Industrial Relations – Introduction of the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015

On 25 June 2015, the Minister for Social Services introduced the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015 to Federal Parliament. The Bill, which seeks to amend the payment scheme provided in the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 (Cth) (the PPL Act), is intended to create a more ‘fairly targeted’ scheme. Fundamentally, it aims to reinforce the Federal Government’s position that the paid entitlement arising from the PPL Act should be a safety net for those workers who cannot access, at least, equally generous employer-funded paid parental leave.

There are three main aspects of the Bill.

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Property, Infrastructure & Development – Legislation update: leases and licences under the Development Act, 1993

The gazettal of the Development (Miscellaneous) Variation Regulations 2015 (SA) (Variation Regulations) on 25 June 2015 has, among other things, altered the circumstances in which leases and licences:

  • over portion of an allotment; and
  • for the purposes of telecommunications facilities or wind turbine generators

constitute “development” in the form of “land division” under the Development Act 1993 (SA) (Development Act). 

Click here to read more.



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