Events and training

Past events

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

Find out more about past MAV events.

December 2018

Council Careers Victoria Webinars: Talent Accelerator Program

Thursday 29 November to Wednesday 5 December

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

Effective Meetings and Meeting Procedures

Monday 26 November

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

Dealing with Difficult People

Friday 16 November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This year's MAV Insurance and Risk Conference in Tasmania discussed risks associated with insurance in local government.

Effective Meetings and Meeting Procedures Workshop

Thursday 4 October

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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 provides 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 MAV Procurement and Contract Management Excellence Series

Monday 7 May to Monday 18 June

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

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

Liveable Age-Friendly Communities

Friday 1 June

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

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

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

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

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).

Councillor Professional Development Training Program

Friday 16 February to Friday 25 May

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

April 2018

Parking Master Class: Parking for Politicians

Thursday 26 April

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

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

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

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.

Smart Urban Futures

Wednesday 21 March to Thursday 22 March

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

MAV Technology Conference

Sunday 18 March to Wednesday 21 March

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 & 20 March

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

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

Tuesday 27 February

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

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.

AICD Company Directors Course

Monday 29 January to Friday 2 February

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.

January 2018

Gender Equality Legislation Consultation

Wednesday 24 January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.