In the past few years, many local governments have been keen to explore new technologies to record and facilitate Council and committee meetings using video conferencing technology (such as video streaming and live streaming), to provide greater accessibility and transparency to their residents and ratepayers.
While there are many offences under the Food Act 2008 (WA) (Act) which are easily detectable and identifiable, especially by reference to the requirements of the Food Standards Code (FSC), there are a number of concepts which require a more fluid interpretation.
Achieving a greener future is an organisation-wide endeavour for local governments.
Through the operation of recently proclaimed sections of the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (WA), several new sections were added to the Local Government Act 1995 (WA) (LG Act) which impact significantly on control of the conduct of key officials in local government.
From time to time local governments receive applications for development approval involving works on, or use of, common property in a strata scheme.
During such unprecedented and challenging times, we have witnessed the rising trend of work-from-home solutions, Zoom meetings and electronic transactions.
The Western Australian Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 received assent on 10 November 2020, with the Work Health and Safety Act 2019 (WHS Act) due to come into operation in early 2021. Accordingly, organisations must now begin their transition to compliance with the provisions of the WHS Act.
The first half of 2020 was not marked by a particularly large number of published planning decisions for the WA State Administrative Tribunal, but a recurring theme in a majority of those that were handed down, was a focus on various principles surrounding conditions of planning approval.
The recent case of Town of Cambridge v The Hon David Templeman MLA, Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts  WASC 350 was notable in that it involved a successful challenge by a local government to an order of the Minister to peremptorily suspend a council under section 8.15C of the Local Government Act 1995.