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Issue 1076: 13 May 2016
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Strategic priorities
  • Stand for Council: Resources to help promote council Candidate Information Sessions offered by the MAV through our Stand for Council campaign are now available on our members-only website on the Comms Hub. These resources, including posters, postcards and a USB with images and template media releases are also being mailed to councils. We look forward to attending the 76 Candidate Information Sessions booked across Victoria so far. We would also like to welcome Leader Community News, our exclusive media partner of our Stand for Council campaign.
  • Federal election: The Prime Minister has kicked off an eight-week election campaign with the public going to the polls on 2 July. The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is reminding potential voters to ensure their details are updated on the electoral roll. The deadline to update details is 23 May. The MAV will begin sending out regular election communications shortly to ensure the sector is across relevant election news.
The State Government has allocated a grant of $580,000 to the MAV to deliver a local government preventing violence against women program over 12 months.

The project will build on the leadership and capacity building role the MAV has undertaken, and will also boost the capacity of councils to embed this important prevention work through a small grants process that will be managed by the MAV. Councils will be provided with advice shortly regarding the Expression of Interest process for grants.

We have also been allocated $225,000 to support the sector in readiness for changes to disability supports for people over the next 18-months, as Victoria progressively transitions to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The MAV will support councils in their role as civic leaders continuing to build inclusive communities, as well as service providers to HACC clients under 65 years-of-age, some of whom will be eligible to transfer to NDIS care packages.

The Rooming House Operators Bill 2015, which establishes a licensing scheme for rooming house operators, has been passed by the Victorian Parliament.

The licensing scheme will be administered by the Business Licensing Authority, with licenses only to be granted to applicants who are determined to be ‘fit and proper persons’. The MAV welcomes this initiative, as we have been calling for a licensing system for some time, to complement the mix of legal obligations rooming house proprietors need to meet under public health, consumer and building legislation.

Consumer Affairs Victoria will monitor and enforce the requirement to be licensed. The commencement date is still to be advised, however operators will be given advance notice.

The building system landscape has changed a lot since the Building Act was introduced in 1993, with private building surveyors now approving 90 per cent of the 105,000 building permits. However, the roles and responsibilities of councils remain unchanged.

Consistent with a 2015 MAV State Council resolution, the MAV is progressing conversations with government to undertake a broad review of the system to identify ways of improving the legislative base, procedures and practices, enforcement and monitoring of the system.

For further information, contact Gareth Hately.

Under the Climate Change Act 2010, the Minister for Climate Change is required to prepare Victoria’s second Climate Change Adaptation Plan by 31 December. In order to better understand climate change adaptation issues specific to metropolitan councils, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is running a number of workshops on 31 May, 1 June and 2 June.

DELWP is keen to engage with council sustainability and environment officers, statutory and strategic planners, and infrastructure managers to hear about climate change adaptation challenges, barriers, opportunities and priorities. The workshops will be independently facilitated by Loop and Company.

Registrations close on 20 May.

Details regarding DELWP engagement with regional councils will be released shortly. All queries should be directed to


Procurement: Advanced Contract Management

Our two-day advanced course is designed for people managing high risk, complex contracts and individuals who have an intermediate level of knowledge in this area.

Through this course you will learn how advanced contract management can help manage risks, increase innovation, reduce waste and increase efficiency.

It will be on 7-8 June at the MAV, Level 11, 60 Collins Street. Registrations can be made online.


MAV Environment Conference

Registrations are now open for the MAV Environment Conference on 12-13 July at Melbourne Park. The theme for the conference is ‘Living and leading in a warming world’.

Confirmed speakers include Rob Gell, Geographer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand; Jenny Gray, CEO, Zoos Victoria; and Dr Gillian Sparkes, Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria.

The full program will be released shortly. Registrations can be made online.

  • Councils and communities are encouraged to apply for the Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards, which recognise and celebrate positive actions taken by communities in regional areas to protect and enhance their local environments. Applications close on 20 May.
  • The Age-Friendly Victoria Award is open to any organisation or business working with an age-friendly approach. The award recognises excellence and innovation in creating age-friendly communities, promoting active ageing and improving quality of life and inclusion for older people. Nominations close on 30 June.

Street and community facility name signs

Standards Australia has released the draft manual of uniform traffic control devices, which is open for public comment.

The objective of this standard is to provide road authorities with a standard means of signposting street names and directions to community facilities with the aim of facilitating road user recognition of the signs. It also provides advice on property numbering on kerbs in urban areas.

To provide comment on the draft you are required to register and proceed to draft number AS 1742.5. Consultation closes on 1 July.

Free 1800 RESPECT webinar

Council workers in the family violence prevention space are invited to a free webinar on 23 June from 1pm-1.45pm about children and family violence.

The session is run by 1800 RESPECT, and will be presented by Angela Weller, from the Child Trauma Service for the Australian Childhood Foundation. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of family violence-related trauma on a child’s development and specific areas of their functioning; and an overview of interventions in the context of the child’s culture, community, and the professional system around them.

Registrations can be made online.

  • Data tables on the Victorian Transport Statistics Portal have been updated. Users can select the desired 'geography type', area of interest, and relevant information topic. The 'data table and graph' and 'map' tabs can also be used to get information on several areas at once and to customise information.
  • A five-year study funded by VicHealth and undertaken by RMIT in collaboration with Stockland, the Metropolitan Planning Authority, the City of Casey and the Planning Institute of Australia (Vic) has assessed how key design features of Selandra Rise, a housing development in Melbourne’s south east growth corridor, could impact the health and wellbeing of residents.

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