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Children & families

We work with councils in all areas of early childhood policy development and implementation to ensure a strong voice for local government and improved outcomes for families and children

Our collaboration and partnerships with a range of other organisations provides us with an enhanced capacity to influence and achieve outcomes in the Early Years sector.

We advocate on behalf of local government with other sectors and levels of government.

Our key areas of responsibility are:

We are actively campaigning for national kindergarten reforms.

MAV Capital Advocacy Plan

Thank you to all who provided information to the MAV through the early years capital survey. The survey indicates that Victorian councils invest over $2 billion in kindergarten and maternal and child health facilities, and are planning to continue investing.

The 60 councils who responded also foreshadowed that a further $260 million is needed to meet growth, and at least $30 million is needed to meet new ratio change requirements for 2016.

The average age of council facilities is 35 years; most councils advised that the costs to maintain ageing facilities is of major concern for their future capital works planning processes.

MAV continues to work in partnership with the Victorian Government on a strategic approach to future capital funding and planning. We welcome the 2016/2017 State budget allocation of $10m for new kindergarten in growth areas.

For further information, contact Jan Barrett.