Events and training

Councillor professional 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

Due to the coronavirus (COIVD-19) pandemic and ongoing restrictions in Victoria, all training workshops will be delivered online until further notice. We will update our approach based on the COVID-19 advice and contact registered attendees prior to the event to confirm the meeting format and location. For more information about the current restrictions in Victoria visit:

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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2021 Councillor Development Calendar

For detailed information such as costs and program outlines please click on the ‘More info/register’ links.





Emotional Intelligence Wednesday 4 August 9.30am-4.30pm Online Info/Register
Media Training Thursday 5 August 1.00pm-5.00pm Online Info/Register
Effective Communication Skills Thursday 12 August 9.30am-4.30pm Online Info/Register
Land Use Planning and Building Wednesday 11 August
Friday 13 August
Dealing with Difficult People Thursday 19 August 9.30am-4.30pm In-Person Info/Register
Understanding Council Finances Friday 20 August 10.00am-1.00pm Online Info/Register
Conflict Management – How to bury the hatchet! Wednesday 25 August 9.30am-4.30pm In-person Info/Register
Discrimination Bullying and Harassment Thursday 26 August 9.30am-1.00pm Online Info/Register
Resilience and Wellbeing Wednesday 1 September 9.30am-4.30pm In-person Info/Register
Meeting Procedures Thursday 2 September 4.30pm-8.30pm Online Info/Register
Community Leadership Thursday 9 September 9.30am-4.30pm In-Person Info/Register
Social Media Friday 10 September 9.30am-4.30pm In-Person Info/Register
Sexual Harassment Wednesday 15 September 9.30am-1.00pm Online Info/Register
Presentation and Public Speaking Skills Thursday 16 September 1.00pm-5.00pm In-person Info/Register
Negotiation and Influencing Capabilities Thursday 7 October 9.30am-4.30pm In-person Info/Register
Land Use Planning and Building Friday 8 October 2021 9.30am-4.30pm In-person Info/Register
Discrimination Bullying and Harassment Wedneday 13 October 9.30am-1.00pm Online Info/Register
Understanding Council Finances Thursday 14 October 10.00am-4.00pm In-person Info/Register
Speed Reading Thursday 28 October 9.30am-4.30pm In-person Info/Register
Social Media Friday 29 October 9.00am-3.30pm Online Info/Register
Sexual Harassment Thursday 18 November 9.30am-1.00pm Online Info/Register
Meeting Procedures Thursday 25 November 9.30am-4.30pm In-person Info/Register