Governance Bodies

Corruption and Crime Commissions
Office of the Auditor General WA (OAG)
Local Government Inquiries WA

Corruption and Crime Commissions

WA Corruption and Crime Commission
You can report corrupt conduct to the CCC anonymously or confidentially here

The CCC reports on corruption, including in local government and makes recommendations, which are helpful when reviewing how well your local government procedure and practices measure up. They make entertaining and elucidating reading. CCC reports relevant to local government include: 

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Common Law

Courts and Tribunals interpret laws that are open to interpretation. Decisions of courts are called the “common law” and are often referred to as judge-made law.



A member of the public was seriously injured by a vehicle at City of Armadale (City) Waste Facility (Site), while dropping off green waste – as directed by the staff. The City plead guilty to failing to maintain a safe work environment at the Site. Court of Appeal increased fine against City to $110,000.

Under the Local Government Act section 5.41(g), CEO at the time, Ray Tame was responsible for, … the employment, management, supervision, direction and dismissal of employees.

Surprisingly, no mention was made in the judgement about CEO’s statutory role in respect of the management of Site managers.

The Court found that in relation to the Site:

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Fair Work Commission of Australia

Is a CEO being bullied? What is the difference between bringing a CEO to account and bullying? 
In dismissing an application by Cockburn CEO Cain to stop him being bullied, the Fair Work Commission held (view here
“[Bullying is not] … reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable manner … noting … the right of management to take reasonable management action in the workplace.”
Fair Work bullying and harassment guidelines view here.

State Administrative Tribunal WA (SAT)


Defences for use in Standards Panel complaints, from Court decisions (above) and successful reviews in SAT (below) include: Continue reading

How to find current WA Acts of Parliament

Using the LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1995 as an example:
Go to

Click on ‘Acts … in Force

Click on ‘L’

Scroll down to find LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1995

Download Act in PDF, Word or HTML, and/or search for any term in the Act.  
NB: Make sure you click on the current 1995 version, and not the repealed 1960 version.
NB: Laws are often amended, so if you have downloaded a version, always check it has not been changed before relying on it.