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Year in Review

2018 has been another great year for the MAV in our role supporting innovative and business-as-usual campaigns, advocacy, training and advice to our members.

We delivered against the key priorities from the MAV’s Strategic Plan to help councils meet service delivery targets and for councillors to achieve successful outcomes across the local government sector.

We achieved sector-wide funding wins, efficiencies, policy influence, agreements, governance improvements and MAV Insurance service improvements. Read on below for a snapshot of 2018 highlights.

For further details, review our annual report​.

2018 Achievements


  • $143 million kinders: $100 million Commonwealth operational funding for four year old kindergarten until end of 2019 plus $43 million in State capital funding for early learning facilities
  • $100 million local roads: $100 million State funding over two years for rural and regional local roads
  • $18.9 million school crossings: $18.9 million (20 per cent State increase) for school crossing supervisors program until 30 June 2019
  • $12 million recycling: $12 million short–term State Government recycling support package until 30 June
  • $20 million councils’ transformation: $20 million State investment in a rural and regional councils’ transformation program


  • Procurement: 40 councils participate in MAV Procurement LEAP program to further increase their procurement efficiencies
  • Contracts: Councils accessed one or more of 35 contracts offered by MAV Procurement
  • MAVHACK: Progressed MAVHACK proof-of-concept in partnership with VicRoads to enable a centralised online system for Disability Parking Permits
  • Maternal and child heath: 80 per cent of councils using the Child Development Information System (CDIS) to better manage family data and monitor at-risk children
  • Events and training: Over 80 events and workshops were attended by over 6,500 delegates, with Zoom teleconferencing introduced to improve off-site member participation

Policy Influence

  • Submissions: Eleven submissions made to State and Federal reviews to influence better policy outcomes in waste, water, transport and building reforms
  • Rural drainage: More realistic role secured for councils in rural drainage management under the State’s Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy
  • Emergency management: Ongoing advocacy culminated in State legislation prescribing shared responsibility for emergency management planning, rather than councils being accountable for municipal plans
  • E-waste ban: Successfully advocated for 12-month delay to commencement of the e-waste landfill ban to enable State-funded infrastructure to be rolled out
  • Home and community care: Negotiated Victorian Government funding and transition solutions for the HACC Program for Younger People in response to council cost and service continuity concerns


  • Agreement: New five-year agreement with Department of Education (2018-2023) to improve service outcomes for children, young people and their families
  • Alliance: Strategic alliance signed with Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people living in Victoria
  • Building safety: Cladding Taskforce participation and follow-up advocacy secured funding for Victorian Building Authority audits on 1,300 priority building sites
  • Family Violence: Secured State funding to administer a new $2 million Free from Violence grants program to further build council capacity and capability
  • Electric vehicles: Partnership with Climate Works and the Electric Vehicles Council to educate and promote update of electric vehicles in council fleets

Reputation and Governance

  • Careers hub: 37 councils participated in Council Careers Victoria, a MAV-LinkedIn partnership raising the profile of careers in local government
  • Vic Councils website: Created a new Vic Councils website and social media presence to build the reputation and presence of local government
  • LG Bill: Recommendations to the State’s Local Government Bill exposure draft were informed by consultation sessions attended by 200 mayors, councillors and officers from 68 councils
  • State election: Sector state election advocacy campaign with members to secure priority local government commitments from political parties
  • Professional development: Over 150 councillors attended our councillor development training, including one-day skills workshops and the Councillor Development Weekend

MAV Insurance

  • Insurance review: Strategic review of Liability Mutual Insurance Scheme undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers to identify a future sustainable structure to continue delivering member benefits and services
  • Risk practices: Two new Lessons From Claims publications shared workplace safety, public liability and professional indemnity learnings to improve members’ knowledge and risk practices
  • VAGO report: VAGO report confirmed LMI scheme provides significant value, including paying out more in claims for each dollar of premium than commercial providers and limits of coverage above the private market. MAV accepted and will implement all recommendations.
  • WorkCare: achieved financial performance of the new scheme in its first year in line with budget expectations, while delivering savings on premium to members
  • OHS systems: 28 WorkCare member forums helped to develop council OHS systems to ensure compliance with legislation and the National Audit Tool conformance program