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Local Government Act 1995


Inquiry status:Past
Date commenced:23 Jul 2003
Tabling date:12 Dec 2003
Deadline for submissions:10 Sep 2003
Date Ended:12 Dec 2003
Committee:Public Administration and Finance Committee (2001 - 2005)
House:Legislative Council
Important Information:
Terms of Reference:
The Committee -

noting recent controversy in the City of Joondalup regarding the existence or otherwise of tertiary qualifications acquired by the Chief Executive Officer;

after considering the Minister for Local Government’s reasons for not ordering an inquiry into the matter by an exercize of his powers under the Local Government Act 1995;

noting that the provisions of the Act relating to the power of a local government to appoint a chief executive officer and the means for ascertaining the suitability of applicants for appointment may not provide a desirable level of transparency of the process employed

resolves to conduct an inquiry into the matters more particularly listed as follows -

Whether amendments should be recommended to the Local Government Act 1995 that -

1.clarify the power and processes of a local government to appoint a chief executive officer;

2.allow for regulations which establish matters that must be considered in relation to each applicant for appointment;

3.allow for regulations which establish minimum qualifications or experience required of any person for appointment and the standard of proof that must be met by an applicant who claims such qualifications or experience;

4.permit individual councillors to verify the accuracy of any information provided during a selection process;

5.provide for transparency in the terms, conditions and contracts of employment for chief executive officers;

6.give proper effect to any recommendations arising from the inquiry, including whether there are adequate powers of redress.

Submission Number Submitting person/organisation
No submissions
Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:
Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the
Legislative Council Committee Rooms Ground Floor, 18-32 Parliament Place, West Perth

DateTimeVenueOrganisationWitnessBroadcastTranscript
02 Oct 200302:30 PMLegislative Council Committee Office, 1110 Hay Street, West PerthMinister for Local Government and Regional Development, Department of Local Government and Regional Development
03 Oct 200310:00 AMLegislative Council Committee Office, 1110 Hay Street, West PerthWestern Australian Local Government Association (11:00am), Mayor - City of Joondalup (12:00pm), Private Session (1:30pm), Selection Committee - City of Joondalup (2:30pm)
07 Oct 200309:45 AMLegislative Council Committee Office, 1110 Hay Street, West PerthMs Katherine Jackson (9:45am), Mr Kenneth Zakrevsky (10:45am), Michael Caiacob, Councillor, City of Joondalup (11:45am), Manager, Human Resources, City of Joondalup (1:30pm), Chief Executive Officer, City of Joondalup (2:30pm)
27 Oct 200309:30 AMLegislative Council Committee Office, 1110 Hay Street, West PerthMr John Turkington
27 Oct 200310:30 AMLegislative Council Committee Office, 1110 Hay Street, West PerthMr Lindsay Delahaunty
17 Nov 200310:00 AMMr John Bombak
17 Nov 200311:00 AMMr Neil Douglas, Partner, Minter Ellison (City of Joondalup)
Videos:
Related Transcripts of Evidence:
Evidence by.. Hon Tom Stephens (Minister for Local Government and Regional Development), Ms Cheryl Gwilliam (Director General, Department of Local Government and Regional Development), Mr Tim Fowler (Principal Legislation Officer, Department of Local Government and Regional Development), Mr Quentin Harrington (Director - Governance and Statutory Support, Department of Local Government and Regional Development), Mr Brendan Peyton (Senior Investigations Officer, Department of Local Government and Regional Development), Mr Stephen Cole (Director Capacity Building, Department of Local Government and Regional Development), Ms Anne Wood (Senior Ministerial Adviser, Office of Minister for Local Government and Regional Development) on 2 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mr Warren Reynolds (Managing Director, Management Search Australasia), Mr Steven Pynt (Director/Solicitor, Management Search Australasia) on 3 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mayor Don Carlos (Mayor, City of Joondalup) on 3 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mr Neil Douglas (Partner, Minter Ellison) on 3 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Cr Chris Baker (Councillor, City of Joondalup), Cr Mike O'Brien (Councillor, City of Joondalup), Mr John Bombak (Former Mayor, City of Joondalup), Cr Gerry Kenworthy (Councillor, City of Joondalup), Cr Carol Mackintosh (Councillor, City of Joondalup), Mr John Hollywood (Deputy Mayor, City of Joondalup) on 3 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Cr Allison Walker (Councillor, City of Joondalup) on 3 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mr Clive Robartson (President, Western Australian Local Government Association), Ms Ricky Burges (Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Local Government Association), Mr Bruce Wittber (Policy Manager Governance, Western Australian Local Government Association) on 3 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Cr Michael Caiacob (Councillor, City of Joondalup) on 7 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mr Mark Loader (Manager Human Resources, City of Joondalup) and Mr Neil Douglas (Lawyer, Minter Ellison) on 7 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mr Denis Smith (Chief Executive Officer, City of Joondalup) on 7 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mr Vitaly Zakrevsky on 7 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Ms Katherine Jackson (Mayor, City of Melville) on 7 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mr John Turkington (Former Acting Chief Executive Officer of the City of Joondalup) on 27 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mr Lindsay Delahaunty (Chief Executive Officer, City of Stirling) on 27 Oct 2003
Evidence by.. Mr John Bombak (Former Wanneroo Councillor and Mayor of Joondalup) on 17 Nov 2003
Evidence by.. Mr Neil Douglas (Lawyer, Minter Ellison Lawyers), Mr Mark Loader (Manager Human Resources, City of Joondalup) on 17 Nov 2003