Providing guidance to your local government.

The Arena

One of the themes within the local government sector in recent years is capacity building: the upgrading of resources within local governments to enable them to be more effective and efficient.

The path forward in this arena includes the upgrading of the skills and knowledge of officers and councillors through education and training. That includes improvements in their knowledge of the legal environment in which local governments operate.

Why Civic Legal?

The Civic Legal team do more than provide legal services to you; we invest hundreds of hours of research and development to craft workshops and seminars to educate staff and elected members within your local government on relevant legal issues.

We do not just add to the discussion of the rights and wrongs of relevant legislation, we strive to clarify your roles and responsibilities, so that you can function with greater insight and confidence. We also identify legal issues that are not apparent to many local governments and then provide strategies to deal with them. We are prepared to travel to any local government in Western Australia – no matter how remote. Many local governments have found our seminars to be a valuable addition to their professional training and development programme. Some have pointed to a shift in culture as a result of such programmes.

In these endeavours, Civic Legal has set new benchmarks in terms of presentation style, audio-visual aids and take-away resources for local governments in the form of hardcopy reference materials.

Legal Risk Management for Local Government Officers

In 2016-17, Anthony Quahe and his team created and presented seminars for the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia (IPWEA) as part of their legal education programme. IPWEA is a key industry body, and the majority of IPWEA members are employed by local governments.

The series, entitled ‘Legal Risk Management for Local Government Engineers’, provides in-depth education to local government officers on construction contracts, tendering and contract management in the local government context and enforcement of legislation. Attendees have remarked on how very valuable these seminars are.

Gifts & Contributions to Travel – Compliance with the Disclosure Regime

We recognise that many in the local government sector find the regime on disclosure of gifts and contributions to travel to be challenging. Civic Legal is a leader in this area, having been engaged to provide definitive advices on such issues.

In addition to offering legal advice, we provide other types of support to local governments with our Challenge of the Gift seminar and a highly acclaimed resource: our set of flowcharts on the gifts disclosure regime, which we have disseminated widely throughout the sector. To find out more, click here.

Current seminars on offer:

  • Contract Law Basics and the Procurement Process
  • Contract Management
  • Enforcement of Legislation
  • How to be a Good Councillor
  • Industrial Relations: The Jurisdictional Dilemma
  • The Challenge of the Gift
  • Pre-Contractual Legal Risk Management
  • Unfair Terms in Contracts with Small Businesses
  • 10 Tips to be More Effective as a Local Government Officer


“I found the seminar to be informative with excellent guidance provided on how to interpret and process the receipt of gifts.  In particular the provision of simple flow charts to guide persons in assessing the appropriate pathways for disclosure of gifts was welcomed and these flowcharts will be used in future to guide my staff and I on this potentially complex subject.  Anthony presented the seminar in a lively and fun environment with plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions.  It was apparent during the seminar that we all had similar types of questions and Anthony was able to answer these in a way that we could apply to our own scenarios.”

Tim Clynch

CEO, Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes


“Great workshop and far more useful and well-pitched than I presumed it might be – Anthony [is] engaging and knowledgeable.”

Executive Manager

WA Local Government


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