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We work collaboratively with our clients to build strong, sustainable relationships. Our team is committed to delivering consistent high standards of service, and we understand the importance of accessibility. Working with us, you'll enjoy open communication, meaning well scoped, properly resourced and effectively managed matters.

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Latest Case

Providing innovative procurement solutions for local government projects April 20, 2018

We advised City of Casey on the procurement process of the Bunjil Place Project. Bunjil Place is a $125 million civic and cultural precinct for the City of Casey, encompassing an 800-seat theatre and 200-seat … Continued

Latest News

Maddocks signs on for Luminance AI platform May 24, 2018

Thursday 24 May 2018 Maddocks has adopted an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to assist in streamlining due diligence processes. The firm has signed on to use the market-leading Luminance AI platform to provide due diligence … Continued

Latest Article

Strategic use of regulatory action policies: an example in the context of Freedom of Information May 23, 2018

Regulatory action policies (including strategies and statements issued by regulators) are a useful tool for regulators to signal the importance of a particular regulatory area to the regulated sector and to the public at large. … Continued

Kate Oliver Partner

Background

Kate has developed a specialised practice in the area of governance for local government. She has extensive experience providing strategic advice to Victorian and South Australian councils on governance and regulatory matters. Kate represents clients in proceedings before VCAT, the Victorian Supreme Court and the Municipal Electoral Tribunal.

Legal expertise

  • Administrative Law generally
  • Code of Conduct drafting, interpretation and complaints
  • Ombudsman investigations
  • Statutory interpretation
  • Drafting of subordinate instruments, including local laws
  • Electoral matters
  • Delegations and authorisations
  • Road management
  • Contractual matters
  • Freedom of Information and privacy

Relevant experience

  • Providing ongoing support and advice to numerous Victorian councils and other public authorities on an ‘as needs’ basis in a variety of governance-related matters, including conflict of interest and Councillor conduct.
  • Representing Victorian councils in proceedings before VCAT, including for breach of privacy, the Supreme Court, including judicial review, and the Municipal Electoral Tribunal, in challenges to election outcomes.
  • Drafting and interpretation of local laws for Victorian councils.
  • Preparing tender documents for, and providing probity advice to, Victorian councils and other public authorities.
  • Advising Victorian councils with respect to investigations by the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, associated offences against the Local Government Act 1989 and protected disclosures.
  • Providing statutory and strategic advice to Victorian councils regarding electoral processes and the publication of electoral matter.
  • Advising Victorian Councils on obligations with respect to the retention of records, especially penalty infringements and associated documents.
  • Advising Victorian councils on matters relating to the Road Management Act 2004, including liability, status of roads, authorisations to conduct works and rights of access.
  • Providing training to council staff and Councillors on a wide range of governance-related issues, including conflict of interest, meeting procedures, Councillor conduct and financial management.