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Media training

We provide free training to media outlets upon request.

Over the years, we have recorded three training sessions we undertook with media and have made them available online to assist other journalists wishing to better understand local government.

The three themes covered are local government finances, planning and governance.

Each video takes approximately one hour to watch. We have provided links to the presentations and workshop handouts as well.

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Council governance workshop for media

​We have hosted a workshop for media outlets to inform journalists about council governance.

We’ve also made this training session available online to assist other journalists wishing to better understand issues such as elections governance; codes of conduct and conduct panels; meeting procedures; councillor allowances; unbiased decision-making; and conflict of interest.

The workshop is divided into three sessions. We recommend watching all sessions, which will take approximately one hour. Workshop handout notes can also be downloaded.

  • Session one – Elections governance
  • Session two – The incoming council
  • Session three - Conflicts and natural justice

View the workshop video.

Workshop handout notes

Local government finances workshop for media

We hosted a workshop for media outlets to inform journalists about council budgets, the rates process and property valuations.

We’ve also made this training session available online to assist other journalists wishing to better understand council finances.

The workshop is divided into four sessions. We recommend watching all four sessions, which will take about an hour. Workshop handout notes can also be downloaded.

  • Session one – Financial management
  • Session two – Funding of local government
  • Session three – Council rates
  • Session four – Property valuations

Workshop handout notes

Local government planning workshop for media

​We have hosted a workshop for media outlets to inform journalists about local government's role in planning.

We’ve also made this training session available online to assist other journalists wishing to better understand council planning decisions.

The workshop is divided into two sessions. We recommend watching both sessions, which will take less than one hour. Workshop handout notes can also be downloaded.

  • Session one – Planning 101
  • Session two – Planning in practice

View the workshop video.

Workshop handout notes

Contact us

For more information contact comms@mav.asn.au.