In this issue:                                                                     August, 2015

MAV Human Services Directors' forum
Patchwork goes statewide
Regulation Impact Statement: Child Care Assistance Package
No jab, no play
MAV/DET Central Enrolment Project
Royal Commission into Family Violence
VLGMIN Forum: Preventing Family Violence in Multicultural Communities
Meeting the needs of LGBTI HACC clients: a year on

Input sought for upcoming Citizenship Ceremonies Information Session
MAV represented on Victorian Planning Settlement Outcomes Committee
New and Emerging Community Leaders Program: heading to Geelong
Casserole Club Showcase Event a success
Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans
Social media strategy workshop for safety and health promotion campaigns
Workshop to highlight the importance of shade
VicHealth’s Active Club Grants 2015-16: Round 1 open
Events

MAV Human Services Directors' Forum

The MAV is holding a Human Service Directors’ Forum on 14 October.

The program will include:

  • An overview of key issues by Rob Spence, MAV CEO
  • Update on aged care and disability reform by Jane Herington, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Briefing on Library Review (recently announced by Minister Hutchins) - aimed to establish optimum future funding arrangements and examine options for shared service delivery - Colin Morrison / Dan Harper DELWP
  • Presentation by Jeanette Pope, Director, Strategy, Policy and Research Foundation for Young Australians on the future of Work and Young People.

The forum is targeted to Directors, however if you are unable to attend you are welcome to register a Manager as your representative, as the event provides a useful networking opportunity with other councils from around the state.

The registration link has been sent to all Directors. For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.

Patchwork goes statewide

The Patchwork web tool is being implemented by the MAV to improve integrated responses to vulnerable children and families across services and sectors. As announced at the MAV/DET Enhanced MCH & Family Support forum last month, Patchwork is now available to use throughout Victoria.

By now staff who attended should have received their invitation to start using the tool and hopefully have managed to log on and add their first client. The work done so far is very much just the start of embedding Patchwork into every day practice in Victoria.

Following the launch last month we will be working with councils to train users and spread the message that Patchwork is here to support your practice. Whenever Patchwork starts in a new place we take time to understand the current attitudes you have to sharing information and working collaboratively with other people from different organisations. We also like to gather examples of good practice and where things can improve.

However, we also need your help, if you believe there are agencies or workers that would benefit from using the tool then please invite them to do so. You can send them a link to The Patchwork Video which explains more about the tool, and all the information can be found on the MAV website. For further information, please contact us via email.

Regulation Impact Statement: Child Care Assistance Package

In June the Federal Government released its Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) into the Child Care Assistance Package for consultation. This RIS comes after a long line of inquiries and reports which commenced in December 2013 with the release of the Productivity Commission’s Issues Paper Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning.

The MAV recently developed a submission to the RIS with feedback and inclusions from councils.

The MAV has maintained a consistent position which includes support for all families by ensuring affordability and flexibility of choice in high quality childcare options that:

  • Optimise children’s learning and development; maintain public investment in a universal approach to early childhood education and care with a priority focus on vulnerable families
  • Provide infrastructure support for capital, workforce, planning and integrated facilities and regulatory requirements
  • Reviews all levels of government planning and funding to ensure greater collaboration and greater strategic use of available resources.

For further information, contact Wendy Allan.

No jab, no play

This month the State Government proposed a No Jab No Play law to be considered in parliament towards the end of the year with a view to commencing on 1 January 2016. The key points for councils are:

  • From 1 January 2016 parents will be required to provide evidence of up-to-date vaccinations before a child can attend a service
  • Where families face difficulties accessing immunisations the law will allow vulnerable children to be enrolled with a period of 16 weeks from commencing at a service to access immunisations and obtain the necessary documentation
  • There is no provision in the law for contentious objections – the only exemptions are for a medical contraindication
  • Families can apply to enrol their children for kindergarten through a council run central enrolment process without having to provide evidence of their child’s immunisation status. However they must provide that evidence to the service upon accepting a place and the child commencing attendance at that service.

It would be advisable for councils to nominate a key contact person for referring enquiries regarding immunisations. DET and DHHS advise there will be further communications regarding the introduction of this law.

For further information, contact Wendy Allan.

MAV/DET Central Enrolment Project

As you will be aware, the MAV was funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET) to work with councils to improve centralised enrolment (CE) for kindergarten programs so there is improved access for vulnerable families.

Approximately $900,000 has been made available for local government initiatives to strengthen, take up, or expand central enrolment processes. The Central Enrolment Advisory Group has been meeting regularly to support and advise the MAV on the project.

Grant offers to councils are in the process of being sent out – 33 councils are receiving grants to strengthen their CE schemes; five to work on collaborative ventures together, and five to set up new CE schemes in their municipality. Twenty councils are undertaking work to improve/automate their CE systems. The work ranges from automating a paper based system right through to developing an online portal or payment systems.

The MAV is working with the CE Advisory Group to explore options for integration of current CE systems with the new MCH Child Development Information System (CDIS) as well as a future possibility of developing a separate CE module within CDIS. We have invited councils to a forum on 14 September to share information and ideas on their CE automation journey, and find out more about potential future integration with CDIS.

The five trial councils have already commenced their work. Moreland, Greater Dandenong and Maribyrnong councils are enhancing their CE schemes, and Greater Geelong and Moorabool are setting up new schemes. Their progress will provide useful case studies for inclusion into the final MAV Central Enrolment Guide – the draft of which has been provided to all councils accepting grant offers.

For further information, contact Jan Barrett.

Royal Commission into Family Violence

During August the MAV provided evidence at the Royal Commission into Family Violence highlighting the leadership role councils are demonstrating through their commitment to gender equity across a diverse range of policy and program areas. Local government was also shown to be a progressive employer by the significant number of councils that have introduced family violence leave into EBAs.

MCH Coordinator from the City of Greater Dandenong provided the Commission with evidence demonstrating the diverse demographic and the delivery of MCH in their municipality. A case study was provided demonstrating the situations that MCH nurses deal with when family violence is an issue, as well as describing a future collaborative multi-disciplinary model to deliver services for vulnerable families.

Public hearings have now concluded and the Commissioners will now examine submissions and evidence to formulate their report and recommendations to the State Government in February 2016.

VLGMIN Forum: Preventing Family Violence in Multicultural Communities

Organised by the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) the Preventing Family Violence in Multicultural Communities forum will be held on 10 September.

Participants will workshop the difference between prevention, intervention and response approaches to family violence, and be presented with a showcase of the initiatives being undertaken at a local government level to address violence against women in multicultural communities.

There will be presentations from the Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, along with representatives from InTouch, Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, the MAV, Our Watch, and the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.

It will run from 10am to 3pm at Victoria University Convention Centre, 460 Ballarat Road, Sunshine.

Registrations can be made online. For further information, or to join VLGMIN, contact Eugenia Grammatikakis on 9518 3625.

Meeting the needs of LGBTI HACC clients: a year on

In the last year, significant progress has been made in councils’ capacity to be inclusive of Home and Community Care (HACC) clients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI). We are holding a forum to give council HACC staff an opportunity to reflect on their achievements, hear about other councils’ successes and challenges, share ideas and concerns, and identify priorities for the future.

After a quick morning of presentations, attendees will participate in rotating table-conversations facilitated by the speakers, including a ‘participants choice’ table.

These will offer an informal space to ask questions, gain a deeper understanding, and contribute to identifying the sector’s top five challenges and successes.

Presenters include:

  • State Department of Health and Human Services: HACC Service Development
  • Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society’s Sexual Health and Ageing Program, La Trobe University: Val’s Café
  • Banyule City Council: recruitment and contracting practices, introducing HACC and broader council staff to LGBTI inclusiveness
  • City of Casey: their partnerships with local agencies, student placements and forum
  • City of Stonnington: consultation, disclosure, community care common standards and their 2nd Rainbow Tick

It will be held on 1 October from 10am-1.30pm, at the MAV office, Level 11, 60 Collins St, Melbourne. Registrations can be made online. For further information, please contact Bianca Nutt on 9667 5580.

The HACC program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments.

Input sought for upcoming Citizenship Ceremonies Information Session

The MAV is planning a bi-annual council information session on citizenship ceremonies with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). To ensure the session meets council needs, we are seeking council input.

This space is interesting at the moment, with the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 introduced in parliament on 24 June, and DIBP’s recent citizenship consultations. Other than an update on these matters and focus on Australia’s Citizenship Ceremonies Code, please advise any parts of the Code, managing ceremonies, or related matters that you want to know more about or have clarified.

The session will be held on 3 December (registrations open late-Sept).

Please send input to Bianca Nutt on 9667 5580 by 31 August.

MAV represented on Victorian Planning Settlement Outcomes Committee

On 11 August the MAV joined senior federal, state and local government, independent, and service sector representatives at the first Victorian Planning Settlement Outcomes Committee (VPSOC) meeting. The Committee was established under the National Settlement Framework, and is co-chaired by the Director of Victoria’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship and the State Manager of Australia’s Department of Social Services.

It is welcomed by the MAV as a long-awaited channel through which all three tiers of government can provide coordinated and strategic support on agreed priorities for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Each year, local government will be represented by the MAV, a rural or regional council and two metro councils. In 2015/16 we’re pleased to be joined by Hindmarsh, Hume and Greater Dandenong councils.

The Committee’s broad outcomes are to identify and action shared projects for the settlement and support of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, undertake collaborative planning and action, and foster communication and information-sharing. The Committee will meet at least twice a year but has already formed working groups in four priority areas.

For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves on 9667 5543.

New and Emerging Community Leaders Program: heading to Geelong

The New and Emerging Community Leaders Program (NECLP) is an Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship initiative delivered by Leadership Victoria and supported by the MAV. To date, participants aged from 21-50 years come from over 30 different countries. They are matched with their own mentor and in nine days over four months, hear from guest speakers, learn what it is to be a leader, gain a peer support and networking community and develop group community projects, some of which are already showing great potential.

Following the path of 27 Melbourne graduates, a new group of 24 leaders are soon to graduate in Bendigo, with Mayor Peter Cox as a key guest. The Geelong program launched on 19 August, with another 24 leaders and their mentors beginning their NECLP journey.

Following the Geelong program, a Women’s Leadership Program will wrap up the 2015-16 series. Applications will open shortly, and additional 2016 programs will be announced late 2015.

For further information, contact Saya Lorback at Leadership Victoria on 9651 6504.

Casserole Club Showcase Event a success

Casserole Club was on show at a recent event. Councils across the state attended the event and over 50 people learnt more about Casserole Club and how it works.

At the event cooks and diners shared their experiences of Casserole Club. Their stories reinforced the value of linking neighbours through food and how important social connections are for older people. If your council is interested in learning more contact Jan Bruce.

Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plans

The municipal public health and wellbeing plans webpage has been updated on the MAV website.

A table has been added with links to all the council public health and wellbeing plans.

Social media strategy workshop for safety and health promotion campaigns

Should your safety campaign utilise Twitter or Facebook? Instagram or Snapchat?

Using the wrong social media channel for your target audience is like throwing a party and sending invitations to the wrong address.

Avoid standing in the proverbial kitchen and ensure you know where your target market is spending time in cyberspace by booking your spot at the Victorian Safe Communities Network’s Smart Ways to Promote Safety with Social Media workshop.

Designed for health and safety promotion professionals, the workshop will be held at the Royal Children’s Hospital on 1 October, from 8.30am to 1.30pm, including a networking lunch. It will also serve as the launch of Community Safety Month.

Workshop to highlight the importance of shade

On 8 December a shade workshop will be held in Melbourne as part of the third International Conference on UV and Skin Cancer Prevention. The shade workshop is a pre-conference event specifically for local government.

Presented jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services, SunSmart and the MAV, the workshop features international and local speakers who will present on some of the leading international initiatives in shade, the importance of well-designed shade in parks and public places, how to better incorporate natural shade in playgrounds, parks and public venues, the importance of trees in the public realm, and how to encourage sun smart activities at the local level through effective UV protection and shade policies.

The event will be of interest to health planners, recreation and facility managers, infrastructure and design teams, early years staff, and landscape designers.

It will be held from 9.30am-4pm at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, College of Surgeons' Gardens, 250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne. Registrations can be made online.

VicHealth’s Active Club Grants 2015-16: Round 1 open

VicHealth’s Active Club Grants offer funding to community sport and recreation clubs to increase or maintain participation through their club, by purchasing core equipment. Grants of $3,000 and $10,000 are available for clubs to get more people participating in sport and keep people active. Priority will be given to applications from clubs/organisations who can demonstrate that an Active Club Grant will increase opportunities for regular physical activity in their community.

This year VicHealth is offering clubs the option to apply for either the traditional grant of up to $3,000, or a larger grant amount of up to $10,000. VicHealth are offering up to 10 of these larger grants per round for clubs that can make a big impact and enable a greater number of Victorians to start or continue being physically active. This may include large clubs with a high number of teams, clubs that are seeking to implement new programs and activities to increase participation, clubs trying to reach new community members, or clubs in areas experiencing significant population growth.

The program guidelines and application information is available online.

Upcoming MAV events...

3 - 4 September

MAV Procurement Leaders Conference

10 - 11 September

The Future of Local Food

10 - 12 September

Timber Towns Victoria Regional Tour

 

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