Events and training

Councillor Development Program

The MAV Councillor Development Program offers a range of learning and development opportunities, to assist councillors build the skills and knowledge required to effectively perform their role as prescribed in the Local Government Act 2020.

In 2023 we will offer our training workshops as combination of Online & In Person events. Should we need to make a change based on current COVID-19 advise, we will contact registered attendees prior to the event. For more information about the current restrictions in Victoria visit:

For more information please contact

2023 Councillor Development Calendar

For detailed information such as costs and program outlines please click on the ‘Details’ link.

Understanding Council FinancesThursday 16 February10:00am–1:00pmOnlineDetails
Meeting Procedures Friday 17 February 10:00am–4:00pm In-person Details
Advanced Council Finances 1 - Annual BudgetThursday 23 February10:00am–11:30amOnlineDetails
Chairing Meetings Friday 24 February 10:00am–1:00pm In-person Details
Media Training for CouncillorsThursday 16 March1:00pm–5:00pmIn-personDetails
Sexual Harassment PreventionThursday 23 March9:30am–1:00pmOnlineDetails
Land Use Planning and BuildingFriday 24 March9:30am–4:30pmIn-personDetails
Advanced Council Finances 2 - Financial PlanThursday 30 March10:00am–11:30amOnlineDetails
AICD Company Directors Course5,12, 26 May & 2,9 June10:00am–4:30pmOnlineDetails
Gender Equality for CouncillorsThursday 11 May9:30am–3:00pmIn-personDetails
Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment PreventionThursday 25 May9:30am–3:00pmOnlineDetails
Understanding Council FinancesThursday 13 July10:00am–1:00pmOnlineDetails
Advanced Council Finances 3 - Audited Financial StatementsThursday 20 July10:00am–11:30amOnlineDetails
Presentation & Public Speaking SkillsFriday 21 July1:00pm–5:00pmIn-personDetails
Advanced Council Finances 4 - Quarterly Finance ReportThursday 24 August10:00am–11:00amOnlineDetails
Social Media for CouncillorsFriday 25 August9:30am–3:30pmIn-personDetails
Sexual Harassment PreventionThursday 7 September9:30am–1:00pmOnlineDetails
Land Use Planning and BuildingFriday 27 October9:30am–4:30pmIn-personDetails
Mayoral InductionFriday 8 December9:30am–5:00pmIn-personDetails to come

Council in-house workshops

All Councillor Development Workshops,including those listed below, are available for in-house delivery.

  • Community Leadership
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Managing the CEO Employment Cycle
  • Negotiation & Influencing Capabilities
  • Resilience & Wellbeing
  • Speed Reading
  • Strategic Planning & Decision Making.

Cost is based on number of participants and any additional expenses such as facilitator travel and accommodation.

For enquires about in-house delivery, please contact

Engage with us

For more information, contact:

MAV Learning and Events Support Officer
(03) 9667 5531