Caravan Industry Association Western Australia State Conference

Date:   28 – 30 November 2017
Time:  varies
Venue:  Crown Perth

Bringing together representatives from across Western Australia, the Caravan Industry Association Western Australia (CIAWA) conference is a must-attend event for those in the caravan and camping industry.

Kott Gunning Lawyers is a CIAWA Alliance Partner and a trusted adviser of the caravan and camping industry sector.

The theme for this years’ caravan industry conference is –

Control Your Destiny – Reconnect > Re-engage > Re-energise

This years’ conference sees an exciting range of presentations on offer that suit all Members and delegates, including a session by Kott Gunning Lawyers’ employment and workplace safety Special Counsel Mike Baldwin and commercial partner Greg Mohen.

On the Tuesday, the conference activities will kick off with the Caravan Park Buyers seminar followed by the CIAWA 2017 Annual General Meeting. The conference will conclude on Thursday evening with the Industry Gala Dinner, which will be a night of old Hollywood glamour and reflecting on the past as we look towards the future.

Day One – 28 November 2017

Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Legal Framework for Park Owners and Operators

Greg Mohen, Partner, Kott Gunning Lawyers

It is important that anyone considering purchasing a caravan park in WA fully understands the legal framework within which caravan parks operate. The legal framework is complex with a broad range of Acts and regulations impinging on the right to operate a park as well as the regulation of the day to day operation of a park.  There are also some inconsistencies between the 2 main regulatory statutes:

  • Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act 1995 (CCGAct)
  • Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 (RPLTAct)

Administration of a park under these Acts is further complicated by the fact that the first act is regulated by the Department of Local Government and Communities (with day to day supervision of compliance being undertaken by the relevant Local Government) and the second is regulated by the consumer protection arm of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Both statutes are currently subject to government reviews which may result in some changes to the regulatory environment in which parks operate.

Day Three – 30 November 2017

Performance Management – Panacea or Problem

Michael Baldwin, Special Counsel, Kott Gunning Lawyers

Trends in unfair dismissal cases suggest that a common pitfall for employers is failure to adopt a fair and proper procedure when managing underperforming employees.

Even where an employer has a valid reason to discipline or dismiss an employee, the employee may still succeed in an unfair dismissal claim if the performance management process if flawed.

Performance management is important to the success of any enterprise. Yet it can be fraught with risk of claims or complaints by employees, especially if mishandled.

For more information and to register please view the Delegate Prospectus here.