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New Councillor Gift Policy – what’s required?

This is the fourth of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020(Vic) (the new Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria. Victorian local Councils must adopt a Councillor Gift Policy (CGP) by 24 April 2021 to be compliant with the new statutory requirements set out in section 138 of … Read More

Local Council Community Engagement Policy: Time to get started

This is the third of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria.  For our previous articles, please visit here. On or before 1 March 2021, Victorian local Councils are required to adopt and maintain a community engagement policy … Read More

Deadline for Victorian Local Councils: Update your Councillor Code of Conduct

This is the second of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the new Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria. Victorian local Councils must adopt an updated Councillor Code of Conduct (CCC) by 24 February 2021 to be compliant with the new statutory requirements set … Read More

The Local Government Act 2020 (Vic)

This is the first of a series of articles on the staged introduction of the Local Government Act 2020 (Vic) (the new Act), which applies to local Councils in Victoria. In broad terms, the new Act will replace the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic) (the old Act), which sets out the roles and responsibilities of … Read More

Victoria’s new Gender Equality Act

The Gender Equality Bill 2019 (Vic) passed through the Parliament at the end of February 2020, which the State’s Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams heralded as “a landmark step in breaking down discrimination and gender barriers in the workplace”[1]. The Gender Equality Act 2020 (Vic), Australia’s first ever state-based gender equality legislation, will take effect … Read More

Government Model Litigant – Guidelines & Indemnities

Purpose of paper This article explores the circumstances where it is necessary for State and Commonwealth governments to bind third parties, to comply with the Model Litigant Guidelines (‘Guidelines’). Summary of Model Litigant Guidelines The Guidelines exist pursuant to both Commonwealth and Victorian legislation. Their purpose is to ensure that the Commonwealth and State governments … Read More

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