Local government

We are recognised for our in-depth understanding of local government and related infrastructure authorities.

Our experience

Our team advises and represents major urban and regional local governments across the eastern seaboard of Australia.
 
We also advise and represent major infrastructure authorities, in particular water and wastewater distributor retailers.
 
In addition to providing legal and policy advice, our team regularly presents seminars and workshops to public sector entities on policy and legal developments, including:

  • budgeting and rating
  • corporate governance and administrative decision-making
  • employment matters
  • planning and environmental matters
  • infrastructure planning, charging and funding
  • procurement and probity
  • property law matters
  • workplace health and safety

 Our expertise

Our team has a solid track record assisting clients in a wide range of government-related matters:

  • access to information
  • administrative law systems and procedures
  • budget and financial arrangements
  • compulsory acquisition and compensation
  • corporate governance, including meetings, elections, delegations, policies and procedures
  • corporate planning
  • drafting and negotiating commercial arrangements, particularly voluntary planning agreements and works in kind agreements
  • infrastructure planning, charging and funding
  • local law preparation and review
  • major projects, planning instruments and approvals
  • negotiating with government agencies, particularly on development control, contributions and infrastructure
  • policy-based financial incentives
  • procurement
  • prosecutions, enforcement and statutory orders
  • public policy development
  • rating and land valuation
  • review of legal instruments and legislation
  • strategic urban and regional planning policy