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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.

June 2017


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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Procurement & Contract Management Excellence Series 2017

Procurement & Contract Management Excellence Series 2017 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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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.

Presentations are available.

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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.

Presentations are available.

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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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Enquiries

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