2019 Authorised Persons Association Professional Development Seminar Program

Day 1 - Thursday 23 May 2019

8:00 – 9:00


9:00 - 9:20 

Brenton Thomass

Welcome & Conference Opening

9:20 – 9.50

David Heath

Alexandrina Council

Working with Greyhounds

9:50 – 10:20

Deb Furbank

Yorke Peninsula Council

Safely Working Alone

10:20 – 10:25

Trade Sponsor

10:25 – 10:45

Morning Tea

10:45 – 11:30

Cimon Burke & Ronan O'Brien

KelledyJones Lawyers

A year in review

11:30 – 11:55

Tom Robertson

Melbourne City Council

Managing Compliance in Melbourne City Council

11:55 – 12:25

Steph Jeuken

EAI Projects

DACO Update

12:25 - 12:30

Trade Sponsor

12:30 – 1:15


1:15 – 2:00

Cimon Burke & Ronan O'Brien

KelledyJones Lawyers

A year in review

2:00 – 2:15

Minister Stephen Knoll

2:15 – 2:45

Chris Byron-Scott & Michele Player-Brown

South Australian Civil & Administrative Tribunal

The Conference Process at SACAT

2:45 – 3:00

Afternoon Tea

3:00 – 3:20

Lisa Loveday

Adelaide City Council

Parking App

3:20 – 3:50


3:50 – 4:20

Vinny Shar

South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

PatH ~ People and their Hoarding

J-FLIP ~ Juvenile Fire Lighters Intervention Program

4:20 - 4:50

David Heath 
Alexandrina Council

Fire Prevention – New strategies for Property Inspections

4:50 – 5:00

Daily wrap up

Awards Night
6:00 Welcome

Awards Presentation

Animal Management Officer of the Year
Sponsored by Dog and Cat Management Board

New Regulatory Services Officer Award

Sponsored by KelledyJones Lawyers

Excellent in Regulatory Services
Sponsored by Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

10:30pm Close

Day 2 - Friday 24 May 2019

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:15

Brenton Thomass

Welcome, Opening and Award Winners

9:15 – 9:45

Brenton Thomass

Local Government Authorised Persons Association

APA Training

9:45 - 10:15

Stuart Clough


Dog Barking:  Measuring Noise Nuisance – fairness, consistency and legal compliance

10:15 - 11:00

Paul Kelly & Dale Mazzachi

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

A year in review

11:00 – 11:05

Trade Sponsor

11:05 – 11:25

Morning Tea

11:25 – 11:45

Andrew Lamb

Dog & Cat Management Board

Dog & Cat Management Board Update

11:45 - 12:30

Paul Kelly & Dale Mazzachi

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

A year in review

12:30 - 12:35

Trade Sponsor

12:35 – 1:20


1:20 – 1:40

Tracy Irons

Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services 

Livestock & Emergencies

1:40 - 2:20

Torben Nielsen

Adelaide University

2:20 – 2:50

Matt Corby

Greyhound Racing SA

Overview of Greyhound Racing SA


Seminar Wrap Up & Prizes

Seminar Presenters

Tom Robertson

Acting Program Manager Compliance 

City of Melbourne

Tom is currently the Program Manager of Local Laws and Animal Management with the City of Melbourne, prior to that he was the Animal Management Coordinator for a couple of years after being the Senior Officer in the team. Prior to the City of Melbourne, Tom worked at Hume City Council as a City Laws Officer for four years which encompassed Local Laws, Animal Management and parking enforcement. Tom has a keen passion for regulatory services.

Tom currently leads a team of approximately 35 staff which includes three in the animal management team and 30 in the local laws team.


Matthew Corby

Chief Executive Officer

Greyhound Racing SA

Matthew Corby is the Chief Executive Officer of Greyhound Racing SA.  The key responsibilities for GRSA are the conduct, regulation and promotion of greyhound racing in South Australia.  Matt has held that role since 2010 and has played an instrumental role in the delivery of welfare reforms which have positioned South Australia as a national leader in the sport.


Michele Player-Brown

Dispute Resolution Coordinator

South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Michele has been involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution for 30 years, for 26 years as a Conciliator and Arbitrator of workers compensation disputes.

In March 2015 Michele joined the new super Tribunal, SACAT, as Deputy Registrar- Dispute Resolution Coordinator. Michele is responsible for conferencing across SACAT’s varied jurisdictions. They include disputes about Housing, First Home Owners Grants, Valuer-General decisions and Dog and Cat Management Act Orders.

Michele have Arts and Law degrees and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator.


Chris Byron-Scott

Deputy Registrar, Administrative and Disciplinary Stream

South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

In March 2015 Chris joined SACAT as a Deputy Registrar. Chris has enjoyed a 20 year career in court and tribunal administration having previously worked in management roles in the civil and administrative review jurisdictions of the Supreme, District and Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Courts of South Australia. 


Lisa Loveday

Manager City Services

City of Adelaide

Lisa Loveday has worked with the City of Adelaide for 15 years. Lisa is currently the Manager City Services and is responsible for the leadership and management of over 50 staff, including Council’s community safety and health, Parking and Information Officers, on street parking controls and associated expiation prosecutions. She takes a keen interest in developing a safe, constructive and positive workplace environment with a customer centric approach. During her time with Council she has been fortunate to undertake several leadership roles including the Customer Service Centre, Parking Administration and the On Street Parking Teams. Lisa has a strong background in customer service and prior to joining the City of Adelaide worked with Ansett Airlines, the State Education Department and retail. Lisa has been a member of the Australian National Parking Steering Group (ANPSB) Committee since 2007.


Cimon Burke

KelledyJones Lawyers

Cimon has close to 10 years experience advising and representing councils on a diverse range of matters, with particular expertise in regulatory services, property and corporate governance. Cimon prides herself on delivering high-quality, timely and practical legal solutions consistent with the KelledyJones Client Undertaking.

Always active in delivering training sessions, seminars and papers, Cimon is a leader in her field with a reputation for being a first rate lawyer and an excellent and informative presenter and educator.


Ronan O'Brien

KelledyJones Lawyers

Ronan graduated from Flinders University in 2008. Ronan's area of expertise are Regulatory and Enforcement, Employment, Local Government and General Litigation.

Prior to joining KelledyJones, Ronan was Manager of the Legal Unit at teh Department of Human Services, providing advice on regulatory compliance, FOI, contracts, screening assessments, statutory interpretation and housing investigations.

Ronan has extensive experience in animal welfare and prosecutions, following his years as Senior Legal Counsel for the RSPCA SA.

Ronan also has experiences in criminal law following his time as Project Manager for Department for Correctional Services and as Criminal Law Duty Solicitor for the Legal Services Commission of South Australia. 


Paul Kelly

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

Paul Kelly is a Partner in the firm’s specialist Local Government Governance & Regulatory Services Team. The Norman Waterhouse Local Government Team is the largest of its kind in the State and is widely recognised as the leader in the provision of administrative and regulatory advice to the local government sector in South Australia. Paul also leads the NW Credit Management team, a specialist debt recovery service tailored exclusively for local government in South Australia. Paul’s experience includes governance, policy advice, administrative law issues and statutory interpretation. Representing client councils in contested matters in the Magistrates Court, the Liquor Licensing Court and Tribunal, the District Court, the Supreme Court and the Environment, Resources and Development Court, is a principal area of Paul’s practice.

Paul’s experience in the South Australian Police Department and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution gives him a unique insight into the Criminal Justice System.

Paul has recently successfully represented a council client in the High Court of Australia. 


Dale Mazzachi

Norman Waterhouse Lawyers

Dale provides advice to councils on all aspects of their administrative, regulatory, governance and employment requirements.

Dale has appeared in and instructed on matters in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of South Australia, District Court of South Australia, Magistrates Court of South Australia and the South Australian Industrial Relations Court and Commission. He regularly presents at workshops and training sessions for both public and private sector clients.

Dale also assists councils and private sector clients in a broad range of employment matters including analysis of State and Commonwealth legislation and interpretation and drafting of Awards and Enterprise Agreements.

Dale has firsthand experience in the local government sector and was formerly the Deputy Mayor and a Councillor of a large metropolitan council.


Tracy Irons

Co-Director at Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services

Cert IV Companion Animal Training

Tracy commenced her career with the RSPCA Lonsdale shelter in 2002 where she worked for 8 years, and was involved in the behavioural assessments of adopted dogs.

In 2009 Tracy became accredited by the Dog and Cat Management Board to consult with owners of dogs that have been served a ‘Dangerous Dog Order’.

In 2010 Tracy received her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Training and became a nationally accredited Delta Dog Behaviour Trainer. Tracy attends regular workshops and seminars to update and improve her knowledge.

Tracy also has vet nurse experience in general practice prior to opening Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services in 2012.

Tracy and business partner, Veterinarian Dr Tracey Henderson opened Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services in 2012, a clinic solely dedicated to animal behaviour. Tracy is now focusing on the education side of the business providing in house workshops nationally and online for councils, vet clinic, shelters and general public. She is currently working closely with Greyhound NSW providing education for the rehabilitation of greyhounds from racing to pet homes.


Vinny Schar

South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

Vinny Schar is a Community Engagement Officer with the Metro Fire Service (35 years’ service).

The Community Engagement Section’s goal is to eliminate preventable fires, emergencies and road crashes through community engagement.

Vinny has been a J-FLIP Practitioner for 17 years (part-time role) and is currently the J-FLIP Coordinator.

J-FLIP Practitioners work one-on-one with families/carers to stop children’s firelighting behaviours.

He is developing the PatH program which is re-defining now the MFS responds and deals with hoarding.

Hoarders could arguably be the most at-risk group in the community around home fire safety.


Deborah Furbank


Yorke Peninsula Council

Deborah Furbank has over 25 years' experience working in customer and community focussed roles. This has provided her with the opportunity to develop a range of tools to assist with achieving outcomes while simultaneously avoiding conflict. Deborah commenced working as a Ranger for the Yorke Peninsula Council in May 2017, she uses this experience to minimise risk while working alone.


David Heath

Senior Community Safety Officer

Alexandrina Council

David Heath joined Alexandrina Council in November 2015 as a Community Safety Officer after spending many years working in state government.  From the time he commenced with Alexandrina Council David demonstrated an ability to quickly adapted to the role and the functions of a Community Safety officer in Local Government.  Due to this he was promoted to the role of Senior Community Safety officer in May 2016

From day one, David has shown initiative and been instrumental in implementing innovative ideas and new projects.

This is demonstrated by the winning of several awards including a team award for Excellence in Risk Management at the 2017 Local Government Professionals awards for developing a new dog transport cage, a project that David was heavily involved in conceptualising and developing with local engineers.

Also in 2017, David was nominated for and subsequently won the Authorised Persons Association New Regulatory Services Officer award.

David was also instrumental in introducing drone technology to Alexandrina Council’s Corella Management Program. This initiative was a key part of Alexandrina Council’s Community Safety team being awarded the Authorised Persons Association Award for Excellence in Regulatory Services in 2018.


Stuart Clough


Stuart Clough is a professional engineer and scientist with over 25 years experience.  He has worked in the metals and mining sector with companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP and WorleyParsons.  His work has seen him living and working on and leading projects ranging from $1M to $7.4B in Australia, Africa, the Middle East, with consulting work extending to the Americas and Europe.

For the last 3 years he has been using Internet of Things technology and Artificial Intelligence to provide the municipal, government, corporate and community sectors with accurate data over long durations.  Revolutionising the ability to manage noise nuisance with reliable data. 

His start-up, NoiseNet has recently expanded from their anchor customers in Queensland to serve 16 government organisations across Australia and later 2019 will see them expand their services internationally.


Dr Torben Dahl Nielsen, DVM PhD mECVPH

Senior lecturer in Veterinary Public Health, School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences

University of Adelaide

After working a number of years in the UK as a small animal veterinarian in private and charity practice, Torben changed into research in epidemiology and veterinary public health. Currently, Torben is lecturing at The University of Adelaide and focusing his research on animal health. This includes improving the sheep value chain as well as risk factors for dog bite risk factors and cat management.

Torben is concentrating the cat management investigations on the public perception of cat bylaws and nuisance issues with cats.

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