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Issue 1062: 5 February 2016
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Strategic priorities
  • The Essential Services Commission has announced that 21 councils have formally expressed interest in seeking a variation to the 2.5 per cent rate cap. Councils that choose to proceed with a rate cap exemption have until 31 March to submit their applications. The MAV will be offering ongoing support and expertise to councils through these unchartered waters, including through our Step Financial Sustainability Program.
  • The MAV welcomes the State Government’s announcement that an apology will be made to the LGBTI community for those convicted under prejudiced laws against homosexual acts. The State apology will take place on 24 May in Parliament.
  • The State Government’s No Jab No Play policy came into effect this week as the 2016 kinder year began. Parents are reminded to ensure their child’s immunisations are up-to-date so they don’t risk missing out on access to early childhood education and care services. In December, the State released an app called VaxOnTime for parents to use as a reminder for when their child is due for a vaccination.

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The MAV has made a submission to the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Government’s Jobs for Families Child Care Package Bill currently before Parliament.

Our response recommends extending the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education on an enduring basis beyond 2017 to give future certainty to 15 hours kindergarten; and establishing a Commonwealth-State-Local government early childhood education and care planning body to address current and future service provision issues.

The Senate’s Education and Employment Legislation Committee is due to report on this inquiry by mid-March.

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The MAV has provided input to the State Government about its new outdoor dining smoking bans that will come into effect from 1 August 2017.

Last year’s announcement of the bans stated that the bans would cover all outdoor dining areas at restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licensed premises.

The MAV has supported the introduction of new bans, as they reflect a long-held position of support for statewide smoking bans for outdoor dining areas. The reform will bring Victoria into line with all the other states, and will continue the efforts of the government to reduce the number of preventable deaths and illness due to smoking.

For further information, contact Rosemary Hancock.

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The MAV is seeking nominees for three council CEO positions on our MAV Insurance Board (MAVIB).

The nomination process will seek to fill two Victorian council representative positions and one Tasmanian council representative.

MAVIB has primary responsibility for managing the insurance schemes, including ensuring compliance with the MAV’s Australian Financial Services Licence, monitoring the financial position of the scheme, developing and guiding implementation of the LMI scheme’s reinsurance strategy, and setting the investment strategy for the scheme’s reserves.

Meetings are held every second month in Melbourne and run for approximately two hours. Nominations can be provided to Owen Harvey-Beavis by 24 February. For further information, contact Owen on (03) 9667 5584.

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Recruitment is now underway for the next national Census of Population and Housing on 9 August. The Australian Bureau of Statistics needs motivated, community-minded project managers to fill up to 608 area supervisor positions across the state.

Census data provides an important statistical snapshot that supports planning, policy and funding decisions for a range of local services and infrastructure – from health and education to housing and transport.

Playing a key role, area supervisors will work flexible hours for up to five months. They will recruit, train, lead and supervise a small team of temporary field staff to deliver a successful Census result in their area. Applicants need to be tech-savvy, as the roles and responsibilities of field staff will reflect the 2016 Census digital-first approach.

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The MAV, in association with Kreative Konnections, is holding a conference that will provide participants with knowledge about good practice and things to avoid in using video more productively.

A wide range of case studies will identify what councils can gain from the video revolution.

It will be held on 4 March from 9am-4.15pm at the Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne.

A full program is now available. Registrations can be made online.

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The MAV and Village Well are holding a conference on 8 March that will explore tools to inspire and support local economies and community-led development.

A list of speakers is now available.

It will be held at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Conference Centre, 250-290 Spring Street from 9.30am-4pm.

Registrations can be made online.

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  • Nominations are open for the Australian Government ICT Awards and close on 29 February. The awards recognise and promote excellence, innovation and professionalism in the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) across local, state and federal government agencies.
  • Applications are now open for the National Awards for Local Government. The awards are an annual celebration of Australian local government achievements. They highlight innovative and resourceful solutions that councils have implemented to make a difference within their communities. Submissions close on 4 March.
  • Nominations are now open for the Victorian Disability Awards, which recognise people and organisations that make outstanding contributions to empowering people with a disability and creating an inclusive community. Nominations close on 24 March.

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Child Safe Standards: information session

The MAV is holding a councils-only information session to hear from DHHS about the new Child Safe Standards. Councils will also have the opportunity to discuss actions and challenges in complying with the new legislation.

The standards apply to organisations that provide services for children to help protect them from all forms of abuse.

The session will be held on 15 February from 10am-12.30pm at the MAV, Level 11, 60 Collins Street. Registrations are limited to two people per council. Video conferencing facilities will be available by contacting Wendy Allan.

Resilient Melbourne strategy briefings

All council staff and elected representatives are invited to attend a Resilient Melbourne metropolitan regional briefing between 15 February and 1 March.

Five briefing sessions are being offered to give participating councils the opportunity to learn more about the 100 Resilient Cities global program, the Melbourne strategy development process, the strategy consultation phase, and ask questions about the draft strategy.

RSVPs are essential. For further information email resilience@melbourne.vic.gov.au or call 9658 7379.

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