2016 Village Programme
1. Continuing legislative reform and legacy and opportunity…
An overview of key State legislative reform and legacy items that local government compliance leaders need to remain cognizant of and key local government network opportunities and successes.
2. “Is Orange the new Black” – A SPA Court Case Review by King & Co.
Terry Law, Partner, King & Co Solicitors provide an analysis of a Planning & Environment Court and Court of Appeal case demonstrating the net result of contempt of Court Orders.
3. Current SPA Court Case Review by Minter (Gold Coast)
Nick Lichti, Senior Associate, Minter (Gold Coast) provided an analysis of a recent Sustainable Planning Act precedent case in the Magistrate’s Court.
4. Non-conforming building products
Michelle Hill of Building Codes Queensland held an open discussion on non-confirming building products. In recent times there has been considerable concern within industry, government and the wider community about the potential issue of non-conforming building products. In July 2015, the national Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) established a senior officers' group (SOG) to develop strategies to address this complex issue. The SOG's report, endorsed by the BMF on 19 February 2016, contained eight recommendations. One of these recommendations was for in-principle support for improvements to the regulatory framework to enhance building regulator powers to address instances of non-conforming building products. While the period for feedback on the report has passed, the Department is still interested in any feedback from local government on the recommendations. Further information is on the Department's website.
5. The Tobacco & Other Smoking Products Act 1998 – Enforcement by the State
Mark West, Director Health & Wellbeing Policy, Preventative Health Branch, Department of Health provided an update on enforcement of the Tobacco & Other Smoking Products Act 1998 by the State.
6. “Pro-active compliance for Councils” – Australian Business Register (ABR)
Sandee Harris from the Australian Business Register presented – what is the ABR? As part of this Sandee demonstrated what data is available and how can it be used for local government compliance activities and illustrate some local government case studies.
7. Local Government Initiatives
Presentations were made on key Local Government initiatives such as the “LCC Compliance Risk Management Framework” and the LGAQ Local Government Prosecutions Database.