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Social & community

We negotiate with Victorian and Australian Governments and other stakeholders for funding and provision of council provided social and community services.

By developing planning frameworks and capacity-building initiatives, we assist councils with their service provision.

We host the Human Services Committee and hold regular forums for council staff.

The roles of each level of government in planning, funding and delivering human services is recognised by a partnership protocol between us, the Department of Health, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education and Training.

When appropriate, we establish memorandums of understanding and program partnership agreements between state and local governments.

Human services systems

We facilitated the delivery of two online systems to transform the way the local government sector deals with family data and collaborates with other human services agencies.

  • Child Development Information System (CDIS) – a connected healthcare system currently being used by councils in the maternal and child health space.– a connected healthcare system currently being used by councils in the maternal and child health space.
  • Patchwork – connects human services practitioners across different agencies who share the same client.

Policy areas

We actively assist members around these social and community services:

Aboriginal affairs
Aboriginal affairs
Ageing
Ageing
Alcohol and other drugs
Alcohol and drugs
Arts and culture
Arts and culture
Children and families
Children and families
Cultural diversity
Cultural diversity
Disability
Disability
Drugs and alcohol
Drugs and alcohol
Early yearsEarly years GamblingGambling Gender equityGender equity Home and community care
Home and community care
Libraries
Libraries
Maternal and child health
Maternal and child health
Smoking and tobacco
Smoking and tobacco
Social planning for growth areas
Social planning for growth areas

Social and community news

2015-16 achievements

  • Secured $133 million in State funding for maternal and child health services, an increase of 15.8 per cent which effectively restores the 50:50 funding partnership. This outcome followed extensive data costing work undertaken by the MAV with members, and negotiations with the State, which also secured annual indexation of 2.5 per cent and confirmation that MCH will no longer be considered a lapsing program that requires periodic renegotiation, thus providing funding certainty for councils.
  • Secured a signed Home and Community Care Bilateral Agreement between the Commonwealth and Victorian governments following extensive MAV negotiations, including guaranteed funding and no tendering of services from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019, and local government's role formally recognised through a schedule to the agreement.
  • Detailed analysis of council costs by the MAV and ongoing advocacy helped to secure $10 million in State funding for kindergarten infrastructure in growth areas and $4.4 million operational funding to support small rural kindergartens
  • Progressing negotiation of a 10-year agreement with the State for early childhood and family services incorporating maternal and child health, kindergartens, early years planning and infrastructure, plus councils' work with vulnerable families to provide long-term funding and program certainty for local government beyond the political cycle.
  • Secured funding for council grants to undertake local initiatives to help prevent violence against women, plus continuation of a funded MAV policy position for a further 12 months
  • An MAV Arts and Cultural Adviser has been funded by the State for four years as part of a partnership agreement with Creative Victoria to implement The Creative State strategy.
  • Secured $2.2 million over four years for age-friendly projects led by councils, as part of the State's commitment to the Age Friendly Declaration signed by MAV and the Government.

Human services bulletins

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