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.
A significant number of uses including shops, small gyms and martial arts studios, restaurants, and some liquor premises are poised to become exempt in many circumstances from the requirement of development approval under planning reforms currently in consultation-draft stage.
The Report of the Inquiry into the City of Perth was tabled in Parliament on 11 August 2020 and contains extension recommendations on the issues examined as part of its investigatins, including local government elections.