2017 Year in Review
2017 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 2017 highlights.
For further details, review our annual report.
SES: $14.9 million
State Government assumed primary funding responsibility for the SES including operational costs and lease agreements on council-owned land.
Property valuations: +$8 million
Extensive reforms and a funding transition package guaranteed by the Treasurer to safeguard councils from financial impacts of the centralised annual property valuations model.
Financial assistance grants: $60 million
MAV advocacy resulted in a VicRoads-led review and a State commitment to restore its 50 per cent contribution for the school crossing supervisors program from 1 July 2017.
Kindergartens: $177.1 million
$87.1 million in new State funding for Victorian kindergarten services, plus $90 million in Federal funding to continue the 15 hours universal access program in 2018.
Maternal and child health: $81.2 million
Additional State funding secured for maternal and child health services, with no co-investment requirement from councils.
Thirty six council participants in the LEAP Procurement continuous improvement program further increased their procurement efficiencies.
Collaboration between the MAV, RMIT, Telstra and VicRoads to gather industry experts, councils, service users and other stakeholders to brainstorm ideas for improving community services.
Launched the MAV WorkCare self-insurance scheme with 31 inaugural members to deliver cost savings and improved employee health, safety and return-to-work outcomes.
Heavy vehicle tool
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator support for the heavy vehicle Route Assessment Tool to assist councils with assessing applications for local road access.
Central library system
Procurement underway for statewide Library Management System to future-proof Victoria’s public library service and provide long-term benefits for councils, libraries and library visitors.
Over 30 submissions made to various State and Federal reviews and proposed policy reforms to influence better outcomes for local government.
Extensive input and influence through submissions and senior statewide committees to implement both prevention and response recommendations from the Family Violence Royal Commission.
More realistic role secured for councils in rural drainage management under the State’s draft Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy.
Advocacy throughout phase one of Local Government Victoria’s Council and Emergencies project, including running six consultation sessions and preparing two influential submissions.
Achieved amendments to the Bill that address councils’ concerns about domestic animal businesses and animal sales permits.
A Home and Community Care (HACC) Tripartite Agreement jointly signed between the Commonwealth, State Government and MAV to secure funding and program stability until 2020.
Signed a landmark 10-year Early Years Compact agreement with the Victorian Government.
Maternal and child health
Three-year renewal of the Maternal and Child Health Memorandum of Understanding (established in 2000) with the Department of Education and Training, to secure the future health and wellbeing of Victorian children.
Published a statement supporting Victorian Government efforts to encourage community discussion about a treaty if this is desired by the Aboriginal community, and for councils to play a lead role in unifying their communities.
REPUTATION AND GOVERNANCE
Victorian Auditor-General’s follow-up report concludes MAV fully satisfied all 2015 audit recommendations to improve our governance, procurement and performance policies, processes and controls.
Councillor induction program
Councillor Development Training Program attended by over 100 councillors covering key areas of elected responsibility, together with continuation of our mayoral training program.
LG and MA Act reviews
Advocating to government on the direction of proposed reforms to the Local Government Act review and the Municipal Association Act review.
Twenty eight councils committed to an employment branding partnership with the MAV and LinkedIn, to promote careers in local government and attract and retain employees.
Increased insurance limits
Insurance limits increased to $600m for public liability and professional indemnity coverage under the LMI scheme to protect members against catastrophic risks such as bushfires and building cladding issues.
Biennial compliance review
A new biennial compliance review – focusing on key claims liability and indemnity claims drivers – to reduce insurance costs to members by driving down claims.
Requests for advice
Over 1,600 requests processed for legal, risk or underwriting advice for MAV Insurance members.