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Past events

We hold over a hundred events and professional development seminars each year.

Find out more about MAV events held in the past year.

March 2017


Smart Urban Futures 2017

Smart Urban Futures 2017 Tuesday 28 March to Wednesday 29 March
This conference provided inspiration and practical pathways for delivering smart urban futures, no matter how large or small your community. It included a conversation about the barriers that are holding us back and ways to overcome them.
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Emerging Technologies & Data Directions

Emerging Technologies & Data Directions Monday 20 March
This full-day forum explored how leading councils are preparing for the anticipated impacts of driverless vehicles, 3D printing and Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies.
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Hacktivation: Transforming Local Government in the Innovation Era

Hacktivation: Transforming Local Government in the Innovation Era Wednesday 15 March to Thursday 16 March
What does it mean to be a contemporary, agile and responsive organisation of the future? This two-day local government conference focused on skills development (learning through doing) for anyone with an interest in local government.
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Local Government Road Safety Forum

Local Government Road Safety Forum​ Tuesday 14 March
For the first time, MAV hosted a local government road safety forum. This half day event secured a prestigious international speaker, Jesper Solund, Head of Documentation at the Danish Road Safety council. Jesper presented on strategic planning for road safety in Denmark, amongst other topics.
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MAV Strategic Planning Sessions 2017​

MAV Strategic Planning Sessions 2017​ Monday 13 February to Friday 10 March
Eight consultation sessions were held across the state providing important opportunities for members to influence the MAV's work priorities and inform development of the 2017-18 Strategic Work Plan.
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Authentic Community Engagement & Placemaking Skills to Create Great Places

Authentic Community Engagement & Placemaking Skills to Create Great Places Thursday 9 March
This half-day briefing, with special guest Gilbert Rochecouste, demystified the practical art and science of empowering community engagement and placemaking processes.
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Emergency Management Consultation Sessions 2017

Emergency Management Consultation Sessions 2017 Thursday 16 February to Tuesday 7 March
The MAV ran a series of consultation sessions with councils on emergency management. Sessions are being held at Traralgon, Bendigo, Ballarat, Wangaratta and Melbourne.
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Delivering Urban Transit Infrastructure: Land Value Capture as a New Source of Funding

Delivering Urban Transit Infrastructure: Land Value Capture as a New Source of Funding Friday 3 March
Councils will increasingly need to seek new funding sources for strategic infrastructure projects. This workshop, facilitated by George Hazel, focused on global best practice knowledge on land value capture methodologies.
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Procurement Leaders Conference 2017

Procurement Leaders Conference 2017 Thursday 2 March to Friday 3 March
The MAV Procurement Leaders Conference provided a unique opportunity for procurement staff across local governments in Victoria to share, grow and collaborate.
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February 2017


BESS Advanced Training

BESS Advanced Training Wednesday 8 February
A full day training course on how to use the BESS tool to assess the sustainability performance of buildings, including large and small residential, non-residential and mixed use developments.
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January 2017


Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations

Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations Wednesday 25 January
This was a one-day, local government briefing session to inform councils about the review of the native vegetation clearing regulations proposed changes released for consultation.
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BESS Domestic Training

BESS Domestic Training Wednesday 18 January
A half-day training course on how to use the BESS tool to assess the sustainability performance of single residential and townhouse developments of up to 10 dwellings.
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December 2016


Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways Strategy

Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways Strategy Tuesday 13 December
This will be an opportunity for councils to hear from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) about the recently released Safe and Accessible Victorian Waterways Strategy Discussion Paper, and to provide feedback and ideas about how Victoria’s waterways can be made safer and more accessible.
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Innovation Lab with Ed Bernacki

Innovation Lab with Ed Bernacki Monday 5 December
In collaboration with the Idea Factory we offered a one-day workshop that was part learning and part innovation lab on building the capacity of councils to innovate, transform, and change to deliver more value for their communities.
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2016 Mayoral Program

2016 Mayoral Program Thursday 1 December
This full day program for new and returning mayors was designed to draw out the real world challenges and experiences of mayors and provided a rich opportunity to learn, debate, challenge and understand the complexities of being mayor.
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November 2016


Procurement & Contract Management Excellence Series 2016

Procurement & Management Excellence Series 2016 Tuesday 4 October to Wednesday 30 November
This series incorporated a variety of courses, designed to build general and more specific skills in procurement and contract management within the context of local government.
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2016 Councillor Induction Day

2016 Councillor Induction Day Thursday 24 November
This event enabled new and returning councillors to further develop their knowledge and awareness of the MAV and the role it plays with councils and councillors.
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MAV Technology November Forum

MAV Technology November Forum Friday 4 November
The forum focussed on essential IT tools and processes for delivering more cost effective and efficient council services to communities.
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October 2016


BESS Advanced

BESS Advanced Wednesday 19 October
A full day training course on how to use the BESS tool to assess the sustainability performance of buildings, including large and small residential, non-residential and mixed use developments.
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State-wide Maternal and Child Health Conference

State-wide Maternal and Child Health Conference Friday 14 October
This conference provided an opportunity for the MCH workforce to come together and learn about a range of subjects and areas that impacted on the Maternal and Child Health Service.
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Drones: Implications for local government

Drones: Implications for local government Wednesday 12 October
This event explored the legal, ethical and health and safety implications around the use of drones and how they could contribute to future projects.
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Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year draft strategy release – local government briefing

Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year draft strategy release – local government briefing Tuesday 11 October
Michel Masson, CEO of Infrastructure Victoria, presented the draft strategy to local government.
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Street Design Masterclass: Making Great and Sustainable Places

Street Design Masterclass Thursday 6 October
Given the rapidly growing interest in place making and the key role of local councils in this process, the MAV joined with Steven Burgess, one of Australasia’s most renowned transport engineers to run this masterclass.
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September 2016


Summer Preparedness – local government briefing day

Summer Preparedness – local government briefing day Wednesday 28 September

The Department of Justice hosted the annual summer preparedness briefing day for council communications and emergency management officers.

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The Economics of Multiculturalism: Benefits, Barriers and Business

The Economics of Multiculturalism: Benefits, Barriers and Business Wednesday 21 September

Participants found out how local government can play a pivotal role in encouraging and benefitting from the economic advantage that multiculturalism brings to our communities..

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Power to the People Conference

Power to the People Conference Wednesday 14 September to Thursday 15 September

Australia’s only national community engagement conference.

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BESS Advanced

BESS Advanced Wednesday 14 September
A full day training course on how to use the BESS tool to assess the sustainability performance of buildings, including large and small residential, non-residential and mixed use developments.
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Writing for the Web

Writing for the Web Friday 9 September

Writing for the web is different to writing for print. In this workshop participants learnt content development techniques optimised for online reading habits.

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The Future of Local Food Conference

The Future of Local Food Conference Thursday 8 September to Friday 9 September

Participants found out what it takes to create a local food system that is healthy, affordable and sustainable for Australia.

Presentations are available.

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MAV Annual Conference and Dinner

MAV Annual Conference and Dinner Thursday 8 September

This year's conference looked at business transformation and leadership – how councils could innovatively move forward, address the demand of constricting budgets and the digital age while maintaining the quality of services.

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August 2016


From Multiculturalism to Inclusion

From Multiculturalism to Inclusion Wednesday 31 August

This conference offered a timely opportunity to discuss council policy approaches to support culturally diverse residents.

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Pokémon Go - Cities and Streets Masterclass

Pokémon Go - Cities and Streets Masterclass Wednesday 31 August
Many key local government assets are important places to the rapidly growing Pokémon Go gaming community, including libraries, community centres, town halls, parks and main streets. This comes with important risks, opportunities and potential outcomes.
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BESS Advanced

BESS Advanced Wednesday 24 August
A full day training course on how to use the BESS tool to assess the sustainability performance of buildings, including large and small residential, non-residential and mixed use developments.
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MAV Technology National Conference

MAV Technology National Conference Wednesday 10 August to Thursday 11 August
This conference was designed to help council CEOs and elected officials, business transformation practitioners, general managers, directors, and of course, ICT professionals understand how digital transformation can make councils more efficient, accessible and engaged with their communities.
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Street Design Masterclass: Making Great and Sustainable Places

Street Design Masterclass Thursday 4 August
Given the rapidly growing interest in place making and the key role of local councils in this process, the MAV joined with Steven Burgess, one of Australasia’s most renowned transport engineers to run this masterclass.
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July 2016


BESS Advanced

BESS Advanced Wednesday 27 July
A full day training course on how to use the BESS tool to assess the sustainability performance of buildings, including large and small residential, non-residential and mixed use developments.
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Winning Tourism Strategies for Councils

Winning Tourism Strategies for Councils Thursday 14 July
Local authority tourism specialist David Hammond helped councils with implementing best practice in the management of their tourism industry.
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MAV Environment Conference 2016

Google Analytics training workshop Tuesday 12 July to Wednesday 13 July

We looked at big picture environment-related challenges facing local government and communities, and some programs and initiatives councils are supporting and implementing to address these challenges.

Presentations are available.

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June 2016


Google Analytics Training Workshop

Google Analytics training workshop Friday 24 June
We provided participants with a more comprehensive understanding of the reporting capabilities of Google Analytics and an introduction to Google Tag Manager and the Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tool).
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MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference 2016

MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference 2016 Thursday 23 June to Friday 24 June

This year's conference was held at the historic Bendigo Town Hall, where we provided new insights into opportunities for growth and development in rural and regional Victoria.

Presentations are available.

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VCOSS MAV Emergency Management Forum

MAV Rural and Regional Planning Conference 2016 Monday 20 June

MAV and the Victorian Council of Social Services partnered to bring the third VCOSS and MAV Emergency Management Forum, an event which aimed to increase the levels of cooperation and collaboration between local government and the community sector.

Presentations are available.

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Transforming Local Government in an Innovation Era

Transforming Local Government in an Innovation Era Monday 20 June
Participants learnt from local government leaders from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, about how the city became a global innovation hotspot.
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Probity and Risk Management (half day)

Probity and Risk Management (half day) Thursday 9 June
This course explored probity and risk management principles through the procurement lifecycle. Included in this course were elements such as conflicts of interest, awareness of corruption, consistent and transparent approaches with suppliers and ethical warning signs.
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2016 National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference

2016 National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference Wednesday 8 June to Thursday 9 June

This conference was about ensuring the financial sustainability of your council

Presentations are available.

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Advanced Contract Management (Two Days)

Advanced Contract Management (Two Days) Tuesday 7 June to Wednesday 8 June

This two-day advanced course was designed for people managing high risk, complex contracts and individuals who have an intermediate level of knowledge in this area.

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May 2016


Facial Recognition Training - Australian Citizenship Ceremonies

Facial Recognition Training - Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Thursday 19 May

This training aimed to build the capacity of council staff to correctly identify people pledging their Australian citizenship at council-run ceremonies. While the risk of someone standing in candidates’ place is small, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is seeking to mitigate it by delivering this simple, and interesting, training.

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Future of Local Government National Summit

Future of Local Government National Summit Tuesday 17 May to Wednesday 18 May

The 2016 summit explored possible solutions such as rewiring public services via principles of devolution, subsidiarity and localism; identifying things done best at national, state, regional and local levels; setting flexible, place-based funding arrangements that deliver on local priorities; and developing an LG transformation strategy to slash costs, build non-rate revenue and renegotiate its relationship with the community.

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Contract Management Essentials in Local Government

Contract Management Essentials in Local Government Thursday 12 May

This course provided essential information on the contract management lifecycle, including foundation insights to procurement principles.

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Google Analytics training workshop

Google Analytics training workshop Wednesday 11 May

We provided participants with a more comprehensive understanding of the reporting capabilities of Google Analytics and introduced Google Tag Manager and the Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tool).

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Evaluation, Supplier Selection and Contract Establishment

Evaluation, Supplier Selection and Contract Establishment Tuesday 3 May

This one-day course supported supplier selection and evaluation techniques aligned to probity and value for money. Participants learnt key tips on setting up evaluation criteria for the quotation and tender stage to ensure the right supplier is selected.

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April 2016


MAV Insurance & Risk Victorian Conference 2016

MAV Insurance & Risk Victorian Conference 2016 Thursday 28 April

This biennial conference is hosted by MAV Insurance for members of its Liability Mutual Insurance scheme.

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Understanding Local Government

Understanding Local Government Thursday 28 April

This program helped new and longstanding council staff to understand local government, its role, responsibilities and history.

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Maternal and Child Health Nurses Conference

Maternal and Child Health Nurses Conference Friday 22 April

This conference provided information about new initiatives and updates on clinical practice for maternal and child health nurses. Regional video conference sites were also available at Moe, Horsham, Robinvale, Wangaratta and Warrnambool.

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Citizens’ Jury Masterclass with Max Hardy

Citizens’ Jury Masterclass with Max Hardy Wednesday 20 April

This masterclass considered the vital steps needed to set up any deliberative process for success and explored the implications for elected representatives, council officers, community leaders and citizens.

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Planning and Specification Development

Planning and Specification Development Tuesday 12 April

This course provided a detailed outline of the principles of good practice procurement planning and specification development for ensuring that resulting contract arrangements were effective and practical.

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Draft Biodiversity Strategy and the Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations

Draft Biodiversity Strategy and the Review of the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations Thursday 7 April

This workshop gave councils the opportunity to understand and discuss the draft Biodiversity Strategy and the consultation paper on the native vegetation clearing regulations and what they meant for local government.

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Water for Victoria Consultation Session

Water for Victoria Consultation Session Wednesday 6 April

This session provided local government with the opportunity to hear from the Water for Victoria team in DELWP, ask questions and give input and feedback to inform the final water plan.

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Spend Analysis Essentials for Savings, Efficiencies, Compliance and Collaboration

Spend Analysis Essentials for Savings, Efficiencies, Compliance and Collaboration Monday 4 April

Participants learnt how to apply spend analysis methodologies and tools to identify opportunities for savings, efficiencies and increased compliance. The one-day course covered internal analysis, external factors such as economic development and how to drive fact based procurement and contract management decisions.

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March 2016


Company Directors Course

Company Directors Course Wednesday 30 March to Friday 15 April

Many councillors have completed the Company Directors Course to enhance their own learning and development, contribute to their councils at a higher level and create new opportunities for themselves. This course was offered through the MAV for councillors and senior local government officers only.

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Enquiries

Contact us on 03 9667 5555 or events@mav.asn.au.​