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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.

December 2017


BESS Advanced Training

BESS Advanced Training Monday 11 December
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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2017 Mayors' Induction Day

2017 Mayors' Induction Day Thursday 7 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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The Future of Communities: Power to the People Conference

The Future of Communities: Power to the People Conference Tuesday 5 December to Wednesday 6 December
Australia’s only national community engagement conference: highlighting innovative ways to create vibrant communities led by active, caring and engaged citizens.
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Rebooting Democracy National Tour

Rebooting Democracy National Tour Monday 27 November to Friday 1 December
These workshops, facilitated by Cormac Russell, are designed to facilitate a strategic conversation regarding the process of an authentic and effective shift from government-centric top-down approaches to citizen-centred bottom-up approaches to democracy.
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November 2017


Establishing Community Advisory Boards

Establishing Community Advisory Boards Monday 27 November
This workshop, facilitated by David Hammond, explored a successful new approach to re-engaging communities in decision-making, projects and community priorities through a new community-led governance structure, called a ‘Community Advisory Board’ in New Zealand.
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BESS Domestic Training

BESS Domestic Training Wednesday 22 November
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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National Local Government Human Resources Conference 2017

National Local Government Human Resources Conference 2017 Wednesday 15 November to Friday 17 November
Themed 'Brave New World' the 2017 National Local Government Human Resources Conference was for all HR professionals interested in the people issues facing local governments across Australia. Hosted by Local Government NSW in partnership with all the state associations around Australia, this conference was an opportunity to hear from a range of dynamic and experienced speakers while meeting like-minded colleagues from interstate.
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Writing our story: creating a new history

Writing our story: creating a new history Thursday 9 November
In this year's seminar, LibMark explored the synergies in our approach to building the 'library brand', and how we could consolidate and create a new history, a new perception and a shared identity.
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State-wide Maternal and Child Health Conference

State-wide Maternal and Child Health Conference Friday 3 November
This conference provided an opportunity for the MCH workforce to come together and learn about a range of subjects and areas that impact on the Maternal and Child Health Service.
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Revolution or Evolution? Rethinking Main Street/Place Access and Mobility

Revolution or Evolution? Rethinking Main Street/Place Access and Mobility Thursday 2 November
Dr David Mepham has 25 years of academic and professional experience in transit planning, parking policy and local access and place planning. In this workshop participants received an overview of local government's critical role in protecting and enhancing local place access and mobility challenges and opportunities within the local government sector.
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October 2017


MAV Technology October forum

MAV Technology October forum Tuesday 31 October
This day-long forum focussed on mobility, activity-based working, collaborative business transformation and agile methodologies. We heard from metro and regional councils who were at various stages of enabling and implementing these new ways of working.
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LinkedIn and local government in Victoria

LinkedIn and local government in Victoria Friday 27 October
With more than 500 million members globally and over 8.9 million members in Australia, LinkedIn is Australia’s most powerful career building platform. The MAV in partnership with LinkedIn developed a proposed local government solution to help address key strategic issues for the sector.
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MAV Annual Conference and Dinner

MAV Annual Conference and Dinner Thursday 19 October
This year's MAV Annual Conference and Dinner looked at a number of issues facing councils today, including how councils can be embedded more into their communities.
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Social Media for Emergency Situations

Social Media for Emergency Situations Wednesday 18 October to Thursday 19 October
The majority of Victorians are now using social media on a daily basis. They're connecting with friends, collaborating with workmates, seeking and sharing news easily via the web and mobile apps. When emergencies hit, communities are turning to these platforms for information and assistance. Participants learnt when and how their councils should communicate via social media.
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BESS Advanced Training

BESS Advanced Training Wednesday 18 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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Innovation Communities For Better Outcomes Masterclass

Innovation Communities For Better Outcomes Masterclass Tuesday 17 October
This Masterclass discussed how to better manage the hard with the soft (process, systems and tools versus culture, community and collaboration) to build real solutions by collaborating with the community.
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2017 Procurement & Contract Management Excellence Series: Round Two

2017 Procurement & Contract Management Excellence Series: Round Two Thursday 24 August to Thursday 12 October
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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Summer preparedness – local government briefing day

Summer preparedness – local government briefing day Tuesday 3 October
The Department of Justice once again hosted an annual summer preparedness briefing day for council communications and emergency management officers. The event covered a number of bushfire and heat-related campaign and policy updates.
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September 2017


Communities without Borders: Council Collaboration for Social Cohesion

Communities without Borders: Council Collaboration for Social Cohesion Tuesday 26 September
The 2017 Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network Annual Forum focussed on how councils could leverage their work through partnerships and collaborations to achieve better outcomes to strengthen social cohesion across their communities.
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Engagement LAB: how to innovate community and staff engagement

Engagement LAB: how to innovate community and staff engagement Wednesday 20 September
It can be challenging to engage people nowadays. Their time is precious. There are plenty of competing priorities. In this stimulating one-day workshop with 'Changeologist' Les Robinson participants experienced ways to design community and workplace engagement projects that people would want to participate in.
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MAVHack

MAVHack Thursday 14 September
MAVHack brought together subject matter experts and service users from councils, business, government, academia and the community who worked together over two days to find new approaches for addressing disabled parking, illegal dumping of waste and poor recycling practices planning.
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BESS Domestic Training

BESS Domestic Training Wednesday 13 September
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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Public Libraries Victoria Network Children's and Youth Services Professional Development Forum

Public Libraries Victoria Network Children and Youth Services Professional Development Forum Friday 8 September
The Public Libraries Victoria Network Children's and Youth Services September forum had a central focus on programming for Tween’s with presentations from Victorian Public Library Children's and Youth Services staff.
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Social media for local government workshop and Masterclass

Social media for local government workshop and Masterclasst Thursday 7 September to Friday 8 September
Social media allows local government to quickly and effectively distribute information to stakeholders, but it's more than just creating viral or “thumb stopping” content. Social media for local government was a one-day program with an optional half-day mobile and online video production Masterclass.
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2017 Sustainable Communities National Summit

2017 Sustainable Communities National Summit Wednesday 6 September to Thursday 7 September
By 2050, there will be an increase of 6.4 billion people in the world, almost double from 2010. The Transition Movement is comprised of vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as energy constraints, climate change and the economic crisis.
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Whatever the problem: community is the answer

Whatever the problem: community is the answer Tuesday 5 September
Empowering communities: from intentions to actions was an inspiring day with Margaret Wheatley, one of the world's most sought after and influential throught leaders. This event explored the 2017 Future of Local Government Declaration; "To play a valued and effective role in a new system of cummunity based governance, councils need to legislsate flexbility and scope to take further steps along the road to localism."
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August 2017

Level crossing removals - unknown unknowns and unintended consequences for local councils

Level crossing removals - unknown unknowns and unintended consequences for local councils Wednesday 30 August
A study of the Victorian Level Crossing Removal project by Dr David Mepham found a number of significant access impacts that pose a risk to local amenity and economy, which typically fall to local government to address. Dr Mepham facilitated this workshop to understand and remediate the issues arising from the level crossing removal project.
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MAV Arts and Culture Workshop

MAV Arts and Culture Workshop Thursday 17 August
VicHealth, Arts Centre Melbourne, the Office for Youth, Department of Health & Human Services and Visit Victoria came together to provide council officers with an understanding of their organisations, their strategic plans and the opportunities they offer Victorian communities.
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Showcase: Local Government Innovation in Preventing Violence Against Women

Showcase: local government innovation in preventing violence against women Wednesday 16 August
This event was an opportunity to hear about some of the latest innovative practice and learning opportunities occurring in local government to prevent violence against women and embed gender equality in action.
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The Art of Creating Great Mainstreets & Public Spaces

The Art of Creating Great Mainstreets & Public Spaces Tuesday 15 August
This unique and inspiring one day Masterclass explained the art and science of creating great mainstreets and public spaces with two of Australia’s leading place practitioners: Gilbert Rochecouste, Managing Director of Village Well and Steven Burgess, Principal of MRCagney.
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Re-imagining government: public leadership in the digital age

Re-imagining government: public leadership in the digital age Monday 7 August
This workshop examined the unprecedented change now occurring in the public sector, as we transition to digital government. The "internet of things" is now becoming a practical reality and big data analysis has begun to be used in politics and public life.
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Inclusive Aged and Disability Workshops

Inclusive Aged and Disability Workshops
Thursday 3 August
Our 'Working with Residents from a Migrant, Refugee or Asylum Seeker' workshop was aimed at local government HACCPYP/CHSP staff to be inclusive of clients who are from migrant, refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds.
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July 2017

Bike Share Workshop

Bike Share Workshop Monday 31 July
Transport for Victoria and Municipal Association Victoria ran this workshop to provide an overview of the issue of bike share schemes in Victoria and commence consultation with local government. This was the first of a series of briefings and consultation occurring on a wide range of issues concerning dockless share bikes.
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Councillor Development Weekend 2017

Maternal and Child Health Centenary Friday 28 July to Sunday 30 July
Celebrating 18 years, MAV Councillor Development Weekend is the principal training, development and networking event for Victorian councillors.
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BESS Advanced Training

BESS Advanced Training Wednesday 19 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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Privacy and Data Protection Workshop

Privacy and Data Protection Workshop Wednesday 19 July
The Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) hosted this workshop which was targeted at Victorian local government employees who wished to gain a better understanding of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and how it applies to them.
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June 2017


Maternal and Child Health Centenary

Maternal and Child Health Centenary Friday 30 June
This centenary brought together councils and State Government in celebration of the 100 year history of Maternal and Child Health services that have improved the lives of Victorians.
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Rural and Regional Planning Conference

Rural and Regional Planning Conference Thursday 29 June to Friday 30 June
This years' conference considered a range of alternative approaches to planning and shaping communities with a focus on sustainability. Economic, social and environmental challenges that Victorian planners face now and in the future were also explored.
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Writing for the Web Workshop

Writing for the Web Workshop Thursday 29 June
This full-day training workshop gave participants a suite of tools and resources related to ‘writing for the web’ that was tailored to local government requirements.
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2017 National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference

2017 National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference Monday 26 June to Tuesday 27 June
This conference was about ensuring the financial sustainability of your council.
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Councillor Development Program

Councillor Development Program Thursday 2 February to Friday 23 June
MAV Training’s councillor development program was designed to provide the essential knowledge and skills to support councillors to perform their role as defined in the Local Government Act 1989.
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Measuring Place Value

Measuring Place Value Friday 16 June
The MAV convened a workshop to assist local governments to establish better methodologies for measuring place experience and value, with facilitators Kylie Legge and Steven Burgess.
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Deliberative Community Engagement Masterclass

Deliberative Community Engagement Masterclass Thursday 15 June
This masterclass provided a practical overview of emerging deliberative methods and frameworks for engaging citizens in complex planning dilemmas presented by Max Hardy.
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VAGO Planning Audit

VAGO Planning Audit Thursday 1 June
Significant planning system reform is on the agenda again. Maree Bethel, Manager – Performance Audit at the Victorian Auditor General’s Office gave her observations from the latest VAGO review of the planning system Managing Victoria’s Planning System for Land Use and Development released in March.
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May 2017


Review of Melbourne Urban Stormwater Institutional Arrangements

Review of Melbourne Urban Stormwater Institutional Arrangements Wednesday 31 May
As part of the Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning conducted a preliminary session to introduce the strategy and facilitate discussions with Victorian councils.
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Better Municipal Futures with Dr Jonathan Carr-West (UK)

Better Municipal Futures with Dr Jonathan Carr-West (UK) Monday 29 May
This one day workshop focused on what kind of change the sector aims to achieve with UK presenter Dr Jonathan Carr-West, who has been Chief Executive of the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), the UK local democracy think tank, since 2013.
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2017 Future of Local Government National Summit

2017 Future of Local Government National Summit Thursday 25 May to Friday 26 May
We are in the midst of a crisis of confidence in government and governance. These issues were discussed by an array of Australian and international presenters supported by co-design input from attendees.
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2017 Procurement & Contract Management Excellence Series: Round One

2017 Procurement & Contract Management Excellence Series: Round One Wednesday 15 March to Thursday 25 May
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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MAV Arts and Culture Network Workshop

MAV Arts and Culture Network Workshop Thursday 18 May
The MAV Arts and Culture Network Workshop was designed to inform and update those responsible for council arts sector development, budgets and programs. Participants met leaders of Victoria's Industry peak bodies, and came to understand how Creative State may effect strategic planning.
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April 2017


Sharing Economy Masterclass & Workshop

Sharing Economy Masterclass & Workshop Wednesday 26 April
Darren Sharp ran a full-day masterclass on the latest global trends in the sharing economy which included recent client engagements to activate sharing communities in Australia. Darren also lead a co-design workshop that challenged participants to create more shared stuff, space and skills in their cities, towns and communities.
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State-wide Maternal and Child Health Conference

State-wide Maternal and Child Health Conference Friday 21 April
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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BESS Advanced Training

BESS Advanced Training Wednesday 19 April
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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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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Enquiries

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