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Local Law Officer - Local Government

Salary: Negotiable Location: Melbourne Ref: SC/O30
Description: Osborne Richardson are being constantly sought out to assist Local Government all across Australia. Technical and scientific roles are our forte and we are proud to work with the best Local Governments' in Australia on these roles.

In this instance, we are searching for a Local Law Officer to join the Compliance team at this Local Government located an hour and a half east of Melbourne CBD. This is initially a 6 week contract, with the chance for extension for the right candidate.

The primary objective of the position is to enhance the amenity and safety of our community by ensuring community compliance within a range of Council local laws, Acts and Regulations.

In this role, there will be a few key responsibility areas such as:

Traffic / Parking Control
- Enforce provisions of the Road Safety Act and Regulations.
- Provide car parking supervision and issuing of infringements as required.
- Assist with the recovery of outstanding infringements.
- Provide traffic control in emergency situations.

Compliance
- Positively engage with members of the public to encourage voluntary compliance with Acts, Regulations and Local Laws.
- Maintain the ability to provide back up across the department and proactively contribute to team projects.
- Participate in the development and review of team policies, guidelines and procedures
to ensure continued service improvement.
- Assess permit applications for compliance with the various Acts.
- Address complaints/infringements and determine a relevant course of action.
- Obtain and prepare evidence to support all enforcement actions undertaken, including
but not limited to preparing interview statements and reports.

Animal Management
- Actively contribute to achieving the Council’s goals under its Domestic Animal
Management Plan, and promote community adherence to the Domestic Animals Act
and the Local Government Community Local Laws.
- Conduct annual audits of registered domestic animal businesses within the Council
- Respond to complaints and proactively monitor issues in regards to nuisance animals.

School Crossings
- Liaise with School Crossing Supervisors, school principals, VicRoads and education
authorities to ensure School Crossings are properly supervised.
- Provide on the job training to School Crossing Supervisors, when required.
- Coordination of School Crossing Supervisors’ schedules and timesheets.
- Assist with school crossing supervision, as directed.

Asset Preservation
- To issue relevant permits for works on footpaths, roads, crossings, drainage systems
and nature strips in conjunction with the customer service centres.
- Ensure that permits for works have been obtained by contractors and builders including
undertaking spot inspections and facilitating compliance with Council requirements.
- Undertake before and after inspections of Council assets within the road reserve
adjacent to proposed construction works to determine any damage caused by
builders/developers and liaise with builders/developers to rectify any damage caused.

Building and Planning Enforcement
- Investigate complaints in relation to building and planning enforcement matters.
- Obtain and prepare evidence to support all enforcement actions undertaken, including
preparing interviews, statements and reports.
- Prepare and present cases for enforcement action on behalf of Council at the Victorian
Civil and Administrative Tribunal and in the Magistrates' Court.
- Prepare draft reports with appropriate recommendations for consideration by
management.
- All other duties and additional tasks as directed, within the skills and abilities of a
position at this level.

Required Skills and Knowledge:
The skills and knowledge required to perform the duties of the position include:-
- Proficient in the interpretation and application of relevant Acts and Regulations and
Council policies.
- Able to demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles behind the
requirements of Acts and Regulations and Council policies.
- The ability to research and apply legal precedents relevant to enforcement matters.
- A demonstrated intermediate level of skills using the Microsoft Office suite of computer
programs.
- An ability to quickly learn and understand the long term unit goals and an
understanding of how these support the wider organisational goals.
- Proficient in observing events, listening to witnesses and accurately recording details in note form for the purposes of court evidence.
- Certificate IV in Statutory Compliance (Government), or qualify within 12 months.
- Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation, or qualify within 12 months.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct investigations, gather evidence, prepare briefs and
represent an organisation at court proceedings.
- Demonstrated ability in completing relevant technical and administration duties and a
demonstrated commitment to customer service.
- A current Victorian driver’s licence is essential.

If this is something you'd like to hear more about or are interested in pursuing this opportunity, then don't hesitate to contact Olivia on 0426 435 951 or olivia@oraus.com.au

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