Events and training

Past events

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

Find out more about past MAV events.

October 2019

BESS Class 1 (Dwellings) Training

Tuesday 15 October 2019

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.

BESS Class 2-9 (Apartments and non-residential) Training

Monday 14 October 2019

Full day training session covering larger residential developments and apartments, mixed-use multi-residential development and non-residential development. It included case studies of a mixed use multi-residential development and a non-residential development.

Office 365 - What is Best Practice for Councils?

Thursday 10 October 2019

A free workshop for MAV Technology member councils including Office 365 case studies from Hans Wolf (City of Whittlesea) and Sam Gray (City of Ballarat), best practice discussion, networking lunch and a presentation from Telstra on telephony options using Teams.

2019 Summer Preparedness Local Government Briefing

Wednesday 9 October 2019

The Department of Justice and Community Safety hosted an annual summer preparedness briefing for council communications and emergency management officers.

Consultation on Environment Protection Regulations - Briefing for Councils

Monday 7 October 2019

The Victorian government was seeking feedback from Victorian councils on the proposed regulations and subordinate instruments to take effect under the new Environment Protection Act on 1 July 2020.

September 2019

2019 Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) Forum

Thursday 26 September 2019

Under the banner HOPE FOR HARMONY: promoting social cohesion while responding to racism at the local level, the forum provided a safe environment where the local government sector could explore what works and what hasn't worked in addressing the scourge of racism in our communities.

ILC Building LG and Partners Workshop

Thursday 12 September 2019 to Tuesday 24 September 2019

The ILC Building LG and Partners Workshop was held on various dates and locations from 12 September through to 24 September 2019. The workshop was for local government staff, and other providers of the Build Inclusive Communities program.

Social Media for Emergency Situations - Workshop & Optional Masterclass

Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September 2019

Victorians councils 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.

Opportunity to Influence Melbourne Water’s Waterways & Drainage Investment Plan

Thursday 19 September 2019

Melbourne Water and the MAV combined to host a forum for councils to provide information about the 2021 Waterways and Drainage Investment Plan currently being developed to guide the program of works and associated investment in waterways and drainage for the five year period 2021-2026.

Melbourne Rail Plan 2019-2050 - Council Briefing

Thursday 12 September 2019

The MAV and Metropolitan Transport Forum hosted a briefing for councils on the Melbourne Rail Plan 2019-2050. Produced by the Rail Futures Institute (RFI), the Melbourne Rail Plan is the most comprehensive rail-based public transport strategy to date proposed for greater Melbourne.

Social Procurement - Round Two

Tuesday 10 September 2019

The course addressed the growing need for enhanced social procurement capability within councils by providing attendees with the tools and knowledge to empower them to lead, implement and advance social procurement within their organisations.

MAVHACK 2019 Presentation Day

Friday 6 September 2019

This feature event of the Victorian Government Digital Innovation Festival, featured the design thinking outcomes of six MAVHACK teams from three Victorian locations.

Recycling Forum - Stream Separation

Thursday 5 September 2019

A forum for council officers to hear about the City of Yarra and Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s glass separation trials, as well industry perspectives on stream separation.

AS4000 Training - Round Two

Tuesday 3 September 2019

This course examined and addressed the administration of AS4000 contracts in a local government environment, and provided better understanding under local government conditions.

Planning for a Creative Future Workshop

Tuesday 3 September 2019

This 2-hour workshop provided insights on how to source and use useful community feedback, how to provide developers with cultural infrastructure information to improve local amenity, and how to support arts and cultural production by promoting affordable space.

August 2019

Local Government ILC Preparation Workshop - Bendigo

Thursday 29 August 2019

One of six workshops for local government staff, and other providers of the 'Build Inclusive Communities (BIC) Program'. This workshop was held at the Capital Theatre, 50 View Street, Bendigo.

Local Government ILC Preparation Workshop - Shepparton

Wednesday 28 August 2019

One of six workshops for local government staff, and other providers of the 'Build Inclusive Communities (BIC) Program'. This workshop was held at the Parklake Hotel, 481 Wyndham Street, Shepparaton.

Contract Management - Round Two

Tuesday 27 August 2019

The course looked at the theory of contract management, organisational aspects, how it links to the tender, mobilising and administering contracts, establishing performance management regimes, supplier and dispute management and closing a contract.

Local Government ILC Preparation Workshop - Melbourne

Monday 26 August 2019

One of six workshops for local government staff, and other providers of the 'Build Inclusive Communities (BIC) Program'. This workshop was held at the MAV offices (Level 12), 60 Collins Street, Melbourne.

MAV Technology Forum - The Award Winners

Friday 23 August 2019

A full day forum which showcased the outstanding digital innovation achievements of our rural, regional and metropolitan councils. This was a feature event of the Victorian Government Digital Innovation Festival.

Local Government ILC Preparation Workshop - Horsham

Friday 23 August 2019

One of six workshops for local government staff, and other providers of the 'Build Inclusive Communities (BIC) Program'. his workshop was held at the Horsham Town Hall, 71 Pynsent Street, Horsham.

Local Government ILC Preparation Workshop - Melbourne

Wednesday 21 August 2019

One of six workshops for local government staff, and other providers of the 'Build Inclusive Communities (BIC) Program'. This workshop was held at the MAV offices (Level 12), 60 Collins Street, Melbourne.

BESS Class 1 (Dwellings) Training

Tuesday 20 August 2019

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.

Local Government ILC Preparation Workshop - Sale

Monday 19 August 2019

One of six workshops for local government staff, and other providers of the 'Build Inclusive Communities (BIC) Program'.This workshop was held at the Sale Baptist Church, corner of Princes Highway and Cobins Road, Sale.

IGEM & MAV Emergency Management Forum - Bendigo

Thursday 8 August 2019

One of a series of local government consultation forums held as part of the Victorian Inspector-General Emergency Management review of 10 years of emergency management reform. The Bendigo forum provided council officers and councillors with an opportunity to provide IGEM with feedback on which reforms are working, which reforms aren’t working, and to recommend improvements.

The What, How and Why of Implementing BI - Workshop

Wednesday 7 August 2019

MAV Technology, in partnership with DataTale, provided this free introductory workshop on Business Intelligence (BI) software for member councils.

July 2019

IGEM & MAV Emergency Management Forum - Wangaratta

Tuesday 30 July 2019

One of a series of local government consultation forums held as part of the Victorian Inspector-General Emergency Management review of 10 years of emergency management reform. The Wangaratta forum provided council officers and councillors with an opportunity to provide IGEM with feedback on which reforms are working, which reforms aren’t working, and to recommend improvements.

Communications & Engagement Strategy Masterclass

Tuesday 23 July & Tuesday 30 July 2019

In this two-day workshop participants learnt how to develop a strategic plan to raise awareness and understanding of their service, program or project, and inspire support and collaboration for better community, economic and environmental outcomes.

IGEM & MAV Emergency Management Forum - Ballarat

Monday 29 July 2019

One of a series of local government consultation forums held as part of the Victorian Inspector-General Emergency Management review of 10 years of emergency management reform. The Ballarat forum provided council officers and councillors with an opportunity to provide IGEM with feedback on which reforms are working, which reforms aren’t working, and to recommend improvements.

Councillor Development Weekend 2019

Friday 26 July to Sunday 28 July 2019

A thought provoking, informative and educative program that will build Councillor capability and knowledge across a range of areas to support you in your role and increase your effectiveness as a councillor.

The weekend focused on promoting financial sustainability, community viability and exploring opportunities for development and innovation.

Specification to Evaluation - Round Two

Tuesday 23 July 2019

This training focused on demystifying RFQ/RFT scoring and evaluation so attendees understood how these work in a logical and simple manner. It took attendees through the correct way to establish questions and scoring then the correct way to evaluate responses. It demonstrated a simple and efficient method of developing specification response sheets, establishing scoring for them then managing responses.

Events & Festivals Local Government Meeting

Wednesday 17 July 2019

We invited all council officers in the areas of Events & Festivals; Economic Development; and Building and Planning to attend. This meeting provided updates on current rules, regulations and processes.

IGEM & MAV Emergency Management Forum - Colac

Tuesday 16 July 2019

One of a series of local government consultation forums held as part of the Victorian Inspector-General Emergency Management review of 10 years of emergency management reform. The Colac forum provided council officers and councillors with an opportunity to provide IGEM with feedback on which reforms are working, which reforms aren’t working, and to recommend improvements.

IGEM & MAV Emergency Management Forum - Morwell

Monday 15 July 2019

One of a series of local government consultation forums held as part of the Victorian Inspector-General Emergency Management review of 10 years of emergency management reform. The Morwell forum provided council officers and councillors with an opportunity to provide IGEM with feedback on which reforms are working, which reforms aren’t working, and to recommend improvements.

WoVG API Gateway – Information Session for CIOs and Technology Architects

Monday 15 July 2019

MAV Technology hosted an information session presented by Jordan Walsh – Product Owner of the WoVG API Platform who provided an overview of the high level architecture of the WoVG API Gateway technology; demonstrated the platform; and told participants about the products and services that are now available to Councils across Victoria.

IGEM & MAV Emergency Management Forum - Melbourne

Tuesday 9 July 2019

One of a series of local government consultation forums held as part of the Victorian Inspector-General Emergency Management review of 10 years of emergency management reform. The Melbourne forum provided council officers and councillors with an opportunity to provide IGEM with feedback on which reforms are working, which reforms aren’t working, and to recommend improvements.

June 2019

IGEM & MAV Emergency Management Forum - Melbourne

Thursday 27 June 2019

One of a series of local government consultation forums held as part of the Victorian Inspector-General Emergency Management review of 10 years of emergency management reform. The Melbourne forum provided council officers and councillors with an opportunity to provide IGEM with feedback on which reforms are working, which reforms aren’t working, and to recommend improvements.

Next Level Social Media: Strategy & Tactics Workshop

Thursday 20 June to Friday 21 June 2019

This workshop, led by Ross Monaghan from Deakin University, covered strategies and tactics for local government to take their social media presence to the next level. With an optional second day video and audio storytelling masterclass, participants can attend the workshop or masterclass, or both.

BESS Domestic Training

Tuesday 18 June 2019

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.

Powerful Presentations

Friday 7 June 2019

The program was highly interactive, with participants sharing their techniques and being engaged in-group discussions, simulations, analysis of You tube clips of great presenters, group exercises and competitions.

At the completion of this program, participants were able to deliver a powerful presentation, which was engaging and memorable.

2019 National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference

Thursday 6 June to Friday 7 June 2019

The 16th National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference continued the tradition of: inspiring speakers from around Australia and overseas, 'good practice' knowledge-sharing to improve council sustainability, actions you can implement at your council, case studies on responsive and integrated service, asset and financial planning, and credible reporting to stakeholders, in a challenging and rapidly changing environment.

Introduction to Category Strategies - Round One

Tuesday 4 June 2019

The course took attendees through the core functions of category management, processes, and tools to develop a category management plan and methods and tools for management of categories. It was a general course and did not focus on any particular category.

May 2019

Influencing and Negotiating for Success

Friday 31 May 2019

The one day workshop assisted participants in preparing and planning for negotiations and challenges, understanding their own behaviours in these circumstances. Participants explored human behaviours and emotions and how these informed communication techniques. They developed confidence in, and strategies for, communicating in challenging situations.

2019 Rural and Regional Planning Conference

Thursday 30 May to Friday 31 May 2019

The 2019 conference centred around the theme of population, a topic directly relevant to all of Victoria and providing many talking points around the time of the federal election.

2019 Future of Local Government National Summit

Thursday 23 May to Friday 24 May 2019

The 2019 Future Of Local Government National Summit (summit #15) featured inspiring speakers, presentations and inclusive discussions from around Australia and the world.

Understanding Council Finances

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Understanding Council Finances was ideal for councillors wishing to understand or refresh existing knowledge of their responsibilities in finances, to including recent changes to legislative arrangements. As a councillor in local government, navigating through and understanding the complex financial documents and reports is a challenging task.

This training outlined how councils can address these challenges and build opportunities.

BESS Advanced Training

Tuesday 14 May 2019

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.

Writing for the Web

Thursday 9 May 2019

This training provided a thorough grounding in writing content for publication online. It includes techniques for making content easier to find, use and read. Participants will consider the ways content is viewed on multiple devices, by a wide range of audiences, including people with disabilities.

The approach was consistent with two standards endorsed by the Victorian Government:

  • Australian Government Content Guide and Content Strategy Guide
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.

Arts & Creative Industries Forum for Local Government

Wednesday 8 May 2019

The Arts & Creative Industries Forum for Local Government officers examined the critical and growing role local government plays in public investment in culture.

Collaborative Procurement - Round One

Wednesday 8 May 2019

The course was designed to demystify collaborative procurement, clarify many of the issues and myths that exist, and provide a structured approach to managing collaborative opportunity identification and competing council requirements.

Placemaking & Place Measurement Workshop with Kylie Legge

Thursday 2 May 2019

This full day interactive workshop introduced the fundamentals of placemaking as the process of creating self-activating and successful places that are part of people’s daily lives. The workshop also introduced the concept, tools and value of place measurement for evidence-based planning and return on investment.

April 2019

Social Procurement - Round One

Tuesday 30 April 2019

The course addressed the growing need for enhanced social procurement capability within councils by providing attendees with the tools and knowledge to empower them to lead, implement and advance social procurement within their organisations.

AS4000 Training - Round One

Tuesday 2 April 2019

This course examined and addressed the administration of AS4000 contracts in a local government environment, and provided better understanding under local government conditions.

March 2019

2019 MAV Technology Conference - "Riding the Wave"

Monday 25 March to Thursday 28 March 2019

The MAV Technology Annual Conference was on in March 2019 – and it was huge!

The theme: Transforming local government to serve and support communities in the digital era.

Contract Management - Round One

Tuesday 26 March 2019

The course looked at the theory of contract management, organisational aspects, how it links to the tender, mobilising and administering contracts, establishing performance management regimes, supplier and dispute management and closing a contract.

Communications & Engagement Strategy Masterclass

Tuesday 19 March & Tuesday 26 March 2019

In this two-day workshop participants learnt how to develop a strategic plan to raise awareness and understanding of their service, program or project, and inspire support and collaboration for better community, economic and environmental outcomes.

2019 Smart Urban Futures National Conference

Thursday 21 March to Friday 22 March 2019

How can we build communities that will be successful and resilient in a changing world, where everyone has a chance to participate and thrive? This conference provided both inspirational and practical pathways for delivering smart urban futures, no matter how large or small the community.

Putting People First: Transforming the Suburban Landscape

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Reoriented for pedestrians, suburban neighbourhoods can thrive and diversify to better support local economies, raise quality of life indicators and improve local and regional environmental conditions. Even deteriorating suburbs have the potential to generate new housing infrastructure, transit access, open space, and local retail. Lynn Richards provided concrete examples of suburban transformation and lessons for Australia.

Vision Zero - Safety In Seattle Workshop with Dongho Chang

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Dongho Chang, the City Traffic Engineer for Seattle, will shared his experience in implementing practical, innovative approaches to road safety and explain the application of Seattle’s leading-edge pedestrian/bicycle safety assessment tool at this one-off workshop.

Land Use Planning and Building Workshop

Friday 15 March 2019

This one day workshop was designed to equip councillors and council staff with an understanding of the practice and procedure involved in planning and building matters which are relevant to the exercise of functions by councils. Specifically, this program will assist councillors to understand their role in the planning and building approvals process.

BESS Domestic Training

Tuesday 5 March 2019

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.

State-wide Maternal and Child Health Conference

Friday 1 March 2019

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.

This conference assisted participants in understanding key strategic drivers directing their work and current developments from within and outside their professional field. Importantly it provided an opportunity to network across the profession, the tiers of government and academia.

February 2019

MAV Strategic Planning Meetings 2019

Wednesday 6 February to Thursday 28 February 2019

Eight consultation sessions were held across the state to provide an important opportunity for members to influence the MAV’s work priorities and inform the development of our 2019-20 Strategic Work Plan.

Input and feedback from Councillors, Chief Executive Officers and relevant Officers is essential to ensure that the MAV remains focused on meeting our members’ needs.

Specification to Evaluation - Round One

Tuesday 26 February 2019

This training focused on demystifying RFQ/RFT scoring and evaluation so attendees understood how these work in a logical and simple manner. It took attendees through the correct way to establish questions and scoring then the correct way to evaluate responses. It demonstrated a simple and efficient method of developing specification response sheets, establishing scoring for them then managing responses.

Warm Data Lab – with Nora Bateson

Friday 22 February 2019

Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden.

Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”.

AICD Company Directors Course

Monday 11 February to Friday 15 February 2019

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course is essential for the professional development of anyone who wants to further their directorship skills and knowledge. Participants included executive and non-executive directors, CEOs and senior executives who report to boards.

BESS Advanced Training

Tuesday 5 February 2019

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.

Going Local - The new economics of place

Tuesday 5 February 2019

An inspiring and timely Masterclass with Michael Shuman USA, attorney, economist, author, and one of the world’s leaders in the re-localisation and local finance movement. Michael and his colleague, Gilbert Rochecouste, will help participants formulate a plan for community revitalization by introducing the latest tools of economy building, community capital, and placemaking.

December 2018

2018 Mayoral Induction Day

Monday 17 December 2018

This full-day program for new and returning mayors is 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.

Council Careers Victoria Webinars: Talent Accelerator Program

Thursday 29 November to Wednesday 5 December 2018

LinkedIn hosted a series of webinars for Victorian councils to review the overall key outcomes and metrics of the 'Talent Accelerator Program' in 2018, and cover the enrolment process for 2019, including key dates and next steps for councils wishing to participate.

November 2018

2018 MAV Procurement and Contract Management Excellence Series - Round Two

Monday 20 August to Thursday 29 November 2018

Bring your procurement and contract management skills up-to-date with MAV’s 2018 Procurement & Contract Management Excellence Series. This training series has been designed specifically for local government staff with contract management and procurement functions.

Effective Meetings and Meeting Procedures

Monday 26 November 2018

This workshop focused on council meeting procedures and legislative requirements, and examined meeting logistics, procedures and protocols.

Dealing with Difficult People

Friday 16 November 2018

This one-day workshop was designed to help anyone who deals with people, either on the phone or face-to-face, to improve their communication with peers, colleagues and clients at all levels. Through constructive role plays, continual opportunities for discussion, individual work, small group work and case studies this workshop showed participants how to improve their communicatation skills both professionally and personally.

Gender Equality Forum

Tuesday 13 November 2018

An Equal Future offers an opportunity to come together for a day of thought provoking and inspirational insights to help build a future of gender equality. Running throughout the day, the themes of backlash and resistance will be explored, with attendees hearing from experts in this field, and given the opportunity to build their skills in responding to resistance when undertaking work focused on gender equality.

BESS Domestic Training

Tuesday 13 November 2018

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.

Understanding Council Finances

Monday 12 November 2018

Understanding Council Finances was ideal for councillors wishing to understand or refresh existing knowledge of their responsibilities in finances, to including recent changes to legislative arrangements. As a councillor in local government, navigating through and understanding the complex financial documents and reports is a challenging task.

This training outlined how councils can address these challenges and build opportunities.

Media Training

Thursday 1 November 2018

This half-day workshop was designed to give participants an understanding of how to tackle the media, what to do and say, and how to say it. The course concentrated on turning negatives into positives and effective message delivery. After initial instruction on the different kinds of journalists and the dos and don’ts, attention turned to a series of practical, one-on-one interviews on topical issues.

Accessibility for Web Writers Workshop - WCAG 2.1 Update

Thursday 1 November 2018

This full-day workshop provided a thorough grounding in accessibility issues associated with producing content for publication online. It was based on the recently updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.

October 2018

Communications & Engagement Strategy Masterclass

Monday 23 October & Monday 30 October 2018

In this two-day workshop participants learnt how to develop a strategic plan to raise awareness and understanding of their service, program or project, and inspire support and collaboration for better community, economic and environmental outcomes.

Land Use Planning and Building Workshop

Friday 26 October 2018

This one-day workshop was designed to equip councillors and council staff with an understanding of the practice and procedure involved in planning and building matters which are relevant to the exercise of functions by councils. Specifically, this program assisted councillors to understand their role in the planning and building approvals process.

State-wide Maternal and Child Health Conference

Friday 26 October 2018

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. The conference assisted participants in understanding key strategic drivers directing their work and current developments from within and outside their professional field. Importantly it provided an opportunity to network across the profession, the tiers of government and academia.

Social Media for Emergency Situations - Workshop & Optional Masterclass

Thursday 25 October and Friday 26 October 2018

Victorians councils 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.

MAV Annual Conference & Dinner

Thursday 18 October 2018

This conference provided key insights, discussions and solutions for the sector on areas that will benefit councils to shape the future sustainability, health and wellbeing of their communities.

BESS Advanced Training

Tuesday 16 October 2018

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.

Public Speaking Workshop

Friday 12 October 2018

This program provided councillors and executives with the fundamental skills and knowledge to more effectively present and speak publicly.

Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) Forum

Thursday 11 October 2018

The 2018 VLGMIN Forum explored ways to strengthen council’s engagement practices in support of the civic participation of our new arrivals whether they are humanitarian entrants, those seeking asylum or skilled migrants. We found ways to increase civic participation through exploring current research, examining local government approaches to engagement and by highlighting examples of good practice.

MAV Insurance and Risk Conference Tasmania 2018

Thursday 4 October to Friday 5 October 2018

The 2018 MAV Insurance and Risk Conference in Tasmania discussed risks associated with insurance in local government.

Effective Meetings and Meeting Procedures Workshop

Thursday 4 October 2018

This workshop focused on council meeting procedures and legislative requirements, examining meeting logistics, procedures and protocols.

September 2018

Company Directors Course

Monday 17 September to Friday 21 September 2018

The Company Directors Course is a five-day program that enhances councillors’ and senior local government officers’ ability to contribute at a higher level and create opportunities for themselves.

Enlightened Development II

Thursday 20 September 2018

Thought leaders Michel Bauwens, Gilbert Rochecouste and Dominique Hes explored the future of the Commons. How will we create cities and places that are affordable, connected and meaningful? How will collaboration with the private sector and stakeholders play a role?

The 21st Century Council: Creating Resilient & Empowered Communities Workshop

Thursday 20 September 2018

“We can’t continue with a system that creates wealth, but that’s also destroying the planet and creating so much social inequality. I think that after 400 years of this, we know it doesn’t work. We need a new system to reclaim all these communal values.”

2018 Sustainable Communities National Summit

Tuesday 18 September to Wednesday 19 September 2018

It’s time to explore a new model of governance, one based on a re-energised civil society that draws on the strength and resourcefulness of people working together in diverse local and regional communities – a localist response.

Summer Preparedness Local Government Briefing Day

Tuesday 18 September 2018

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

BESS Domestic Training

Tuesday 18 September 2018

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.

Building Leadership

Friday 14 September 2018

Councillors and Executive staff operate in positions requiring significant leadership capacity, managing numerous staff and layers of bureaucracy in order to deliver on the operational and strategic priorities of their local governments.

This workshop provided a one-day summary of essential and advanced leadership skills, combining theory and practical exercises with local government case studies in order to maximise value for participants of all levels of skill and experience.

Next Level Social Media: strategy & tactics workshop with optional video storytelling masterclass

Thursday 6 September and/or Friday 7 September (Optional Workshop) 2018

A one day workshop was led by Ross Monaghan from Deakin University. The program covered strategies and tactics for local government to take their social media presence to the next level.

There was an optional second day video storytelling masterclass with experienced television producer Declan Eames. Participants could choose to do the workshop or the masterclass, or both.

Effective Meetings and Meeting Procedures (Refresher)

Thursday 6 September 2018

Effective meetings and meeting procedures (Refresher) was a half day workshop. This workshop provided the opportunity to refresh and/or update skills learned in the Meeting Procedures Workshop and focused on council meeting procedures and legislative requirements, examining meeting logistics, procedures and protocols.

2018 MAVHACK Geelong - Presentation Day

Wednesday 5 September 2018

MAVHACK subject matter experts focused on transport and how we might use technology to optimise road infrastructure, reduce maintenance costs and improve citizen experience. The second focus was jobs and business creation and how might we use technology to create economic opportunities for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal citizens who want to live and work locally.

2018 MAVHACK Gippsland - Presentation Day

Wednesday 5 September 2018

MAVHACK subject matter experts focused on transport and how we might use technology to optimise road infrastructure, reduce maintenance costs and improve citizen experience. The second focus was jobs and business creation and how might we use technology to create economic opportunities for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal citizens who want to live and work locally.

August 2018

Managing Communications

Friday 24 August 2018

Through completion of this workshop, participants developed a deeper understanding of the role of communications and presenting your key message, strengthening communication within council and with external stakeholders, and improving presentation style across all platforms of communication.

MAV Technology Forum – The Award Winners

Friday 24 August 2018

The MAV Technology Local Government Forum “The Award Winners” showcased the award-winning digital innovation achievements of local government teams.

MAV Local Government Arts and Culture Forum: Collaborate to Innovate

Wednesday 22 August to Thursday 23 August 2018

The inaugural MAV Local Government Arts and Culture Forum featured local and international panellists and speakers who shared their expertise and demonstrated the practical application of arts and culture programs and strategies that brought economic, cultural and social benefit to communities.

Social Procurement Workshop – including Aboriginal Procurement

Wednesday 22 August 2018

This half-day workshop for senior council managers in procurement, economic and community development introduced the MAV’s Social Procurement Framework, provided details about Federal and State Government social procurement policies and targets, and introduced some Aboriginal business owners and provided techniques to help councils realise the benefits social procurement can generate for local communities.

Understanding Council Finances

Friday 17 August 2018

Understanding council finances is ideal for councillors wishing to understand or refresh their existing knowledge of responsibilities in finances, including recent changes to legislative arrangements.

BESS Advanced Training

Tuesday 14 August 2018

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.

Negotiation and Influencing Capabilities

Friday 3 August 2018

By utilising a collaborative approach to address problems, parties were able to develop solutions and opportunities to achieve a wise outcome. Participants developed skills to look for solutions to a problem whilst allowing the negotiating parties to come to a meaningful agreement.

July 2018

Councillor Development Weekend

Friday 27 July to Sunday 29 July 2018

The MAV Councillor Development Weekend is the principal training, development and networking event for Victorian councillors.

Collective Impact in Action: A New Zealand Local Government Success Story

Wednesday 18 July 2018

Collective Impact was born out of Stanford University as a multi-agency response to addressing complex social issues circa 2011. In Marlborough Council, New Zealand, this has been adapted to guide a leading edge economic development program designed to foster leadership and collective action within the region’s communities and industries.

June 2018

Place Measurement Workshop with Kylie Legge

Tuesday 19 June 2018

This interactive workshop introduced participants to the concepts, tools and value of place measurement.

2018 MAV Procurement and Contract Management Excellence Series - Round One

Monday 7 May to Monday 18 June 2018

Bring your procurement and contract management skills up-to-date with MAV’s 2018 Procurement & Contract Management Excellence Series. This training series has been designed specifically for local government staff with contract management and procurement functions.

2018 National Local Government Infrastructure and Asset Management Conference

Thursday 7 June to Friday 8 June 2018

This conference provided insights into how to ensure the financial sustainability of councils.

Liveable Age-Friendly Communities

Friday 1 June 2018

The Masterclass assisted participants in learning more about how AARP is working in partnership with States and councils on this ‘age-friendly’ direction which will help create more liveable, sustainable and ultimately resilient communities.

Rural and Regional Planning Conference

Thursday 31 to Friday 1 June 2018

This conference covered planning topics including sustainable housing, planning assessment for renewable energy, and infrastructure contributions.

Mayoral Training Program

Friday 9 February to Friday 1 June 2018

The Mayoral Training Program provided a series of professional development training events designed for mayors and deputy mayors.

May 2018

2018 Future of Local Government National Summit

Wednesday 30 May to Thursday 31 May 2018

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.

Building Connected & Resilient Communities

Tuesday 29 May 2018

This workshop discussed international developments in building connected and resilient communities. Facilitated by Andrew Walker, Policy Researcher for the UK Local Government Information Unit (LGIU).

2018 Councillor Professional Development Training Program

Friday 16 February to Friday 25 May 2018

The MAV councillor professional development training program offers a range of training pathways for councillors and council officers.

LGBTI Aged Care Sector Training

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Getting older can mean feeling both invisible and under surveillance. For older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians, this can pose a particular set of problems, especially in the aged care system.

This free training for council aged care providers aimed to ensure they are resourced to incorporate LGBTI inclusive practices.

April 2018

Parking Master Class: Parking for Politicians

Thursday 26 April 2018

Steven Burgess, an Engineer and Urban Strategist, discussed the real and imaginary issues with parking in our villages, towns and cities.

National Local Government Conference: Reinvent.LGov

Wednesday 18 April to Thursday 19 April 2018

Reinvent.LGov was a skills development event where participants found out about innovations and community-first initiatives from councils from around Australia.

Ten Stormwater Management Best Practices

Wednesday 18 April 2018

Andrew Reese, Vice President of Amec Foster Wheeler and a leading international expert on stormwater management, discussed the ten stormwater management best practices leading cities and towns have employed to mature their stormwater programs.

March 2018

State-wide Maternal and Child Health Conference

Friday 23 March 2018

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.

2018 Smart Urban Futures Conference

Wednesday 21 March to Thursday 22 March 2018

This conference provided both inspiration and practical pathways for delivering smart urban futures, no matter how large or small your community.

2018 MAV Technology Conference

Sunday 18 March to Wednesday 21 March 2018

The MAV Technology Annual Conference was huge! We welcomed delegates from the local government ICT associations of the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, in addition to delegates from interstate LG ICT associations.

Communications and Engagement Strategy Masterclass

Tuesday 13 March & Tuesday 20 March 2018

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn how to develop a strategic plan to raise awareness and understanding of their service, program or project, and inspire support and collaboration for better community, economic and environmental outcomes.

February 2018

Great Places and Smarter Parking

Wednesday 28 February 2018

This one-day workshop, presented by Dr David Mepham, looked at parking from an urban planning and design perspective with a focus on place quality, local social, economic and environmental outcomes.

Power to the People: Councillors as Stewards of Empowered Communities

Tuesday 27 February 2018

This workshop explored the role and implications for councillors and council officers in moving from being experts to stewards and facilitators of empowered communities.

National Local Government Information Management Conference

Wednesday 21 February to Thursday 22 February 2018

This conference had a strong focus on data and information management in the new digital workplace and included: significant transformative case studies from around Australia, international learnings and Federal Government policies.

January 2018

Gender Equality Legislation Consultation

Wednesday 24 January 2018

The MAV hosted a consultation session for senior council officers to inform the development of Victorian gender equality legislation.

December 2017

BESS Advanced Training

Monday 11 December 2017

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.

2017 Mayors' Induction Day

Thursday 7 December 2017

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.

The Future of Communities: Power to the People Conference

Tuesday 5 December to Wednesday 6 December 2017

Australia’s only national community engagement conference: highlighting innovative ways to create vibrant communities led by active, caring and engaged citizens.

Rebooting Democracy National Tour

Monday 27 November to Friday 1 December 2017

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.

November 2017

Establishing Community Advisory Boards

Monday 27 November 2017

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.

BESS Domestic Training

Wednesday 22 November 2017

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.

Enquiries

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