Government law

Kellehers assists in clear and careful interactions with government for local government and private sectors.
We have broad experience in government relations at the Federal, State and Local Government levels.

Achievements in government law include:


  • Councillor rights, obligations and Council election law.
  • Local government monitor show cause notices, Commissions of Inquiry and Local Government Inspectorate action.


  • Special rates and charges schemes and successful use of ‘user pays’ rating.
  • Waste services charge litigation.

Assets and Infrastructure

  • Advice regarding development of municipal transport strategy and capital works program implementation.
  • Model agreement for telecommunications carriers and negotiations with carriers.
  • Sale and acquisition of Council assets including trust arrangements, constraints or pre-conditions to sale
  • De-accessioning Council owned artworks.


  • Preparation and presentation of advice on economic, financial, housing and housing finance policies to Local Government.
  • Drafting, interpreting and enforcing of Council planning schemes, codes and policy documents.


  • Complex local government litigation and prosecutions.


  • Operational manuals for Councils, including:
    • Special rates and charges manual;
    • Consumer credit manual;
    • Road law manual;
    • Food safety manual.