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Welcome to the October edition of our Local Government Briefly.

>   Human Resources Masterclass
>   Employment - Work Health and Safety Audit Substantially Reduces Penalty for Breach
>   Environment & Planning – Conditions to complying development

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Human Resources Masterclass

In response to our recent survey, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers and Balance Human Resource Consulting will be combining their expertise for a Human Resources Masterclass, a workshop aimed at presenting practical solutions to ensure legal compliance.

The Masterclass will focus on two key areas:

The Return to Work Act 2014 (SA)

Reading, interpreting and applying the law can be tough, particularly when laws are new and there is no legal precedent to provide guidance. We will provide a practical interpretation of the new regime, with particular focus on managing claims, and implementing and evaluating realistic rehabilitation and return to work plans;

How to conduct a workplace investigation

We will show you the ‘how to’ and then apply that theory in a facilitated workshop. It will be a great opportunity to demonstrate skills, discuss your experiences and learn from fellow practitioners. Practitioner participation in the first session will count toward one unit of a Certificate IV Work Health and Safety qualification.

Friday, 6 November 2015
Mayfair Hotel, 45 King William Street, Adelaide
Registration at 9am, for 9.30am start, concluding at 3.30pm
$195 + GST

Please click here to register.



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Employment - Work Health and Safety Audit Substantially Reduces Penalty for Breach

It is mandatory for an employer to comply with its work health and safety obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (WHS Act). An employer may be in breach of the WHS Act when it fails to comply with its obligations, and the failure exposes an individual to a risk of death, serious injury or illness.

Section 32 of the WHS Act imposes penalties on an individual or a body corporate for failing to comply with work health and safety obligations. In the case of an offence committed by an individual, the maximum penalty is $150,000. In the case of an offence committed by an individual as a person conducting a business or undertaking, or as an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking, the maximum penalty is $300,000. In the case of an offence committed by a body corporate, the maximum penalty is $1,500,000.

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Environment & Planning – Conditions to complying development

The recent ERD Court decision of Andrash P/L v City of West Torrens [2015] SAERDC 37 considered the ability of a council to impose conditions on a consent for complying development.

Background

Andrash operate a service station complex, including a car wash facility at Brooklyn Park. It lodged a development application for the demolition and replacement of its existing carwash (Application). The proposed carwash was of the approximate dimensions of its existing carwash and located in substantially the same position.

Please click here to read more.



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