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2014 Local Government

Sustainability and Financial Management

Solutions Showcase

Leading Local Government Service Providers to showcase

sustainability and financial management solutions

Over the past few years there has been an ever increasing focus on sustainability and

financial management. This in turn has resulted in increased pressure on local

governments to find more efficient and cost effective solutions to address the increased

demand for better information and improved outcomes. The level of sophistication and

complexity of information needs and understanding has also increased incrementally.

This in turn has resulted in increased demands placed on small to medium sized local governments who

have limited resources. To help these councils a number of leading service providers have been brought

together to provide expert insight on some of the more complex asset and financial management issues.

The showcase will highlight a range of pragmatic and cost effective solutions to these challenges and

provide the opportunity to network with others trying to deal with the same issues.

Attendance is free of charge

but numbers are strictly limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first

come first served basis. The workshops will include morning and afternoon teas as well as lunch. Details of

the showcase presentations are detailed below.

Dates and Venues

(all sessions run from 9:30am till 4:00pm

) so as to assist those travelling long



Mon 8 Sept



Wed 10 Sept



Fri 12 Sept

Byron Bay


Mon 15 Sept



Mon 22 Sept



Wed 24 Sept



Fri 26 Sept


The 2014 showcase is provided by approved

contractors prequalified for appointment under


2014 Local Government

Sustainability and Financial Management

Solutions Showcase

Highlights of the showcase will include –

GST and FBT Tax Update

(Genesis Accounting)

Showcasing an alternative ERP system

(MagiQ) for local government

(NCS Chameleon)

Landfills and contaminated land: The science and managing your future liabilities

(Environmental Pacific)

Debrief and refresher on AASB13 and what the future holds for valuation

(APV Valuers and Asset Management)

Those who should attend include –

Finance Staff


Asset Managers


CEOs / General Managers

Executive Management

Enquiries: Please contact


All workshops start with tea and coffee on arrival at 9:30am for a 10:00am start with the last session

finishing at 4:00pm. This is to allow ample travel time.

The workshops include lunch, morning and afternoon teas.

The aim of the workshops is to provide councils ample opportunities to ask questions and explore

solutions to many of their financial and asset management issues. To enable this to occur ample time

has been allocated for questions and networking.


2014 Local Government

Sustainability and Financial Management

Solutions Showcase

Presenters and Agenda


APV are the leading providers of asset valuation and depreciation services to local government right across Australia. These valuations are required to be valued under the Australian Accounting Standards and APV's expertise and performance stands out from all other suppliers. APV has led in the provision of advice regarding AASB13 and also authored CPA Australia's guide to the valuation and depreciation of public sector assets.

Session Overview

This session will provide a debrief on the first time adoption of AASB13, revisit some key concepts of AASB116 (with a bit of a focus on landfills) as well as look at emerging technologies that are about to significantly reduce the cost of undertaking valuations and potentially will also lead to significant reductions in annual depreciation.


David Edgerton FCPA (Director of APV Valuers and Asset Management). David is nationally recognised as the leading expert in valuation and depreciation of public sector assets. He Chairs the Australian Asset Management Collaborative Group (AAMCoG) and authored the 2013 CPA Australia guide to valuation and depreciation of public sector assets.


Genesis Accounting is a firm of Chartered Accountants that has specialised in providing GST and FBT consulting services to local government. The practice has been heavily involved in preparing ATO Division 81 fees and charges rulings for over 230 councils in NSW, Queensland, WA and Victoria.

The other major project has been seeking refunds of overpaid GST on property transactions. The backbone of the firm’s work is preparing advice to councils on one off transactions and preparing ruling applications dealing with GST, FBT and fuel tax credit issues.

GST training days are also conducted and deal with everything from new staff unfamiliar with GST to advanced topics dealing with property, grants, joint ventures and a variety of specialty topics.

Session Overview

This session will focus on three main areas -

 The new rules on council real property asset sales, attitude of the ATO to refund claims of overpaid GST.

 Should council sell its vehicle fleet? Pros and cons. What is the alternative - pay allowances or package novated leases. Impact on employee superannuation.

 The new Div 142 law applicable from 1 June 2014 to prevent GST refunds to councils, even for mistakes.


Pat McCarthy is a Chartered Accountant with a background in income tax consulting. Since 1999 he has specialised in GST and FBT consulting to the local government industry. Pat has conducted over 100 training days and prepared around 50 GST and FBT ATO private rulings dealing with a wide range of subjects.



Pacific Environment provides environmental services and technologies that enable our clients to meet environmental planning and compliance requirements, address corporate and community expectations, assess and remediate contaminated land and groundwater and maximise operational efficiencies.

Our team of practitioners is recognised for its experience and expertise, ability to solve complex technical issues, and focus on practical solutions. We operate practices in Emission Monitoring, Contaminated Land, Groundwater & Waste Management, Air Quality & Meteorology, Ambient & Fugitive Monitoring, Technologies, Carbon Management,

Acoustics and Toxicology & Risk Assessment.

Session Overview

This session will provide background information on emerging, approved techniques for the investigation and remediation of contaminated land and Phytocapping of landfills. This of course has consequences in relation to the future cost of management and rehabilitation and future liabilities.

Much has changed in recent times and the new techniques have the capacity to realise significant savings for clients. There are however; many things to consider along the road to utilising these techniques, which our clients, in general, are not completely aware of. Especially relevant to regional Councils, the techniques that work on the coast may not produce the same results if applied to inland areas. In a case of ‘walk before you can run’ the presenter will explain the necessary decision making steps leading to successful and cost effective projects.


Ross Lawrence has been active in the solid waste and contaminated land fields for over 10 years now. Ross commenced his new career with employment as a technical officer on a regional solid waste management strategy and then furthered his interest in contaminated land, working for a private consultancy based in Brisbane but working across the east coast of Australia and in South East Asia

Paul Smith is an Environmental Scientist and Hydrogeologist with over 30 years of experience in generating results-oriented technical advice. Paul has managed and contributed to environmental investigations and monitoring

programs on more than 400 sites across Australia and Southeast Asia. He has conducted projects on a wide range of sites including power stations, coal mines, gold mines, general industrial sites, commercial premises, rural properties, landfills, feedlots, abattoirs, hazardous waste facilities, contaminated sites and sewerage treatment plants.


NCS Chameleon is a software and services supplier, specialising in the development and support of the MagiQ (pronounced Magic) ERP suite of applications. NCS Chameleon has more than 300 customers throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US across the Local Government, Health, Utilities, Education, Retail, Professional Services and Corporate sectors. NCS Chameleon has a team of 70 staff based in offices in Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch and Napier.

Session Overview

This session will showcase the MagiQ ERP system provided by NCS Chameleon. MagiQ is an affordable, easy to use and deploy system, that is ideal for small to medium sized Council's with limited resources. MagiQ ERP is fully web based, provides all of the core systems required to efficiently run Council's business and includes a suite of easy to use reporting tools. MagiQ is currently used by 30 Councils throughout Australia and New Zealand including Torres Shire Council in Queensland and Northern Grampians Shire Council in Victoria.

The Presenter:

Michael Craig joined NCS Chameleon in the role of Sales Manager Australia in 2013. Michael has a long history of providing software solutions to the local government sector and prior to that worked within the local government sector, his last active role in local government being Director of Corporate Services at the Shire of Hepburn.


Registration Form

2014 Local Government

Sustainability and Financial Management

Solutions Showcase

Location (Please


Date Venue

8 Sept 14

Cairns (Holiday Inn. Cnr The Esplanade & Florence Street)

10 Sept 14

Townsville (Holiday Inn. 334 Flinders St)

12 Sept 14

Byron Bay (Lord Byron Resort. 120 Jonson Street)

15 Sept 14

Brisbane (Saxons Training Rooms. Level 11, 300 Adelaide Street)

22 Sept 14

Sydney (Holiday Inn Airport. Cnr Bourke Road & O’Riordan Street,


24 Sept 14

Dubbo (Cascades Motel. 141 – 147 Cobra St)

26 Sept 14

Albury (Quest Apartments. 550 Kiewa Street)


9:30am – 4:00pm

(includes all meals)




One week prior to event

Please note that numbers are strictly limited due to venue restrictions on room size.

Registrations will be confirmed on a first come first served basis.

The 2014 showcase is provided by approved contractors prequalified for appointment under

Enquiries: Please contact


Please complete this form and email to



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