Issue 1022:                                                    Week ending 10 April 2015

MAV WorkCare Self Insurance Scheme
Pressure mounts as Universal Access Campaign ramps up

Maternal and Child Health Data Management System
Meeting with the Minister: planning fees

Accessibility workshops for councils
Plan Melbourne refresh

Last week to book for Rural Summit
Issues Paper to assist Royal Commission submissions
Local government growing regional Australia
VicRoads Roadside Memorials Policy consultation
In social media news...
Events

MAV WorkCare Self Insurance Scheme

The MAV will be holding a series of regional meetings for council WorkCare participants. These sessions will provide an update on the project and a presentation by JLT.

  • South West, Ballarat: 21 April, 10am-2pm, York Conference Centre, Red Lion Hotel, 217-229 Main Road
  • North West, Horsham: 22 April, 10am-2pm, Horsham Rural City Council, 18 Roberts Avenue
  • North/North East, Benalla: 23 April, 11am-3pm, Benalla Performing Arts Centre, 57 Samaria Road
  • Metro East and Metro West, Melbourne: 24 April, 11am-3pm, Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street

Registrations can be made online. For further information, email the MAV events team, or call 03 9667 5555.

Pressure mounts as Universal Access Campaign ramps up

The MAV has been contacted by many councils in the past week requesting information and support as they launch their individual campaigns to the Federal Government for continued funding for 15 hours of kindergarten.

Councils have advised the MAV they are using social media, email campaigns, letters and delegations to their local members and Ministers Pyne and Morrison. We urge all councils to take up similar activities in the lead up to the Federal Budget announcement on 12 May.

It is pleasing to see the campaign gaining momentum through the State Government, the ALP, and peak groups who are all calling on the Federal Government for continued funding for this important reform.

For further information to support your council’s campaign, contact Jan Barrett. Further information on our early years work is available online.

Maternal and Child Health Data Management System

On 26 March the MAV facilitated a forum to provide an opportunity for council representatives to see a demonstration of the new MCH client management system that is currently being developed for Victoria by DRA Computing. Information on the ‘back to back agreements’ for councils electing to transfer to the new system was presented. These agreements will be provided to councils soon for review and a commitment to participation is being sought by 24 April.

It would be appreciated if councils could get the ‘back to back agreement’ to the MAV as soon as possible. This will help with planning for implementation and the rollout of training from July. As each council commits to transferring to the new system, they will have their own implementation plan prepared in consultation with the MAV and DRA Computing.

For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves. Further information on our MCH work is available online.

Meeting with the Minister: planning fees

In March, the MAV had its first meeting with the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, who illustrated a willingness to work with the MAV and sector to address unresolved planning issues.

The Planning and Environment (Fees) Regulations were set in 2000 and were scheduled for review in 2010. Since 2000 there has been eight years in which fees have not been indexed. MAV analysis reveals this has resulted in a significant accumulated shortfall of $17.6 million for councils. The MAV has circulated a spread sheet to planning directors to understand the accumulated shortfall for their council.

The Minister acknowledged the need for a review of planning fees and we have written seeking a formal commitment. An advocacy strategy is being developed in the lead up to the expiry of Interim Regulations in October 2015.

Further information on land use planning is available on our website.

Accessibility workshops for councils

The MAV is hosting two workshops in May that teach council staff how to meet legislative requirements around web accessibility.

Our creating accessible online content workshop is on 22 May and will teach council staff how to produce accessible web, e-newsletter and social media content.

Another web accessibility workshop covering Word and PDF documents will be held on 8 May. This practical workshop teaches attendees how to format documents to meet the legislative requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, ideal for council staff who regularly have their documents published online.

Participants are required to bring their own laptop with Microsoft Word 2010 and Adobe Acrobat Pro 11 for the half-day options on these dates. Depending on the workshop, full-day participants must ensure either Adobe InDesign CS6 is installed on their laptops, or they are able to connect to an external Wi-Fi network depending on the workshop.

For further information, contact Alvin Bautista.

Plan Melbourne refresh

The State Government has announced a reboot of Plan Melbourne, which will include reconvening the expert Ministerial Advisory Committee that developed the original plan.

In our meeting with the Minister for Planning, he reiterated there is no intention of ripping up the plan and starting afresh, but will revisit some of its content to address concerns of the Advisory Committee and reflect the government's transport projects.

We look forward to engaging with the government and councils during the second half of this year on this important topic.

For further information, contact Gareth Hately on 9667 5596.

Last week to book for Rural Summit

Bookings for Rural Councils Victoria’s 2015 Rural Summit close on Friday. It will be held in Halls Gap from 15 - 17 April.

This annual event brings together Victorian councillors and staff to be inspired and challenged by national and international keynote speakers including:

  • Sir Bob Parker, former Christchurch City Mayor
  • Matthew Evans, SBS presenter, chef and local food advocate
  • Prof Elizabetta Barberio, scientist on establishing a dark matter laboratory in Stawell
  • Emma Dean, former transport planner and Masterchef winner
  • Naomi Simson, founder of RedBalloon
  • The Hon Michael McCormack, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance
  • The Hon Jaala Pulford, Minister for Regional Development

Bookings can be made online.

Issues Paper to assist Royal Commission submissions

Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence has released an Issues Paper to help guide individuals and organisations wishing to lodge a written submission, due by 29 May.

The Royal Commission is seeking submissions from anyone directly affected by family violence and from any others whose experiences and ideas might assist the work of the Commission in developing practical recommendations for change.

The MAV will be developing a submission on behalf of Victorian councils, and will draw on the expertise of the MAV Preventing Violence Against Women Network and Preventing Violence Against Women Leadership Group.

If you are making your own submission, the MAV would appreciate being copied in. If you are not making your own submission, but have particular issues you want the MAV to consider, contact Kellie Nagle by 22 April or phone 9667 5585.

Local government growing regional Australia

The ACELG has published new research called 'Local Government Growing Regional Australia' that will bring new understanding to the role of councils in growing regional capitals and regions through enhanced governance and leadership.

The report, conducted in partnership with Regional Capitals Australia (RCA), finds that a new way of thinking about regional economic development focuses on tapping under-utilised potential in all regions to enhance competitiveness.

The ACELG and RCA will now encourage a dialogue across governments about the key issues raised in the report with particular regard to the 'Future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia' inquiry announced recently by the Federal Government. The research will also be presented at the ALGA 2015 National General Assembly of Local Government in June by both RCA and ACELG.

VicRoads Roadside Memorials Policy consultation

VicRoads has announced that it will be reviewing its Roadside Memorials Policy. The current policy has been in place for over 15 years, and is being reviewed to better support and respect the needs of all those affected by death on our roads. VicRoads will be working with the community over the coming months to understand differing viewpoints on this highly sensitive issue. The review of the policy has been prompted by feedback from the community.

VicRoads will be establishing a small working group of representatives from key organisations that will collaboratively review the policy, and is seeking representatives from local government to form a working group. Further information will be distributed to all councils on this selection process in the coming days.

VicRoads has also launched an online consultation hub to capture community views on the review.

For further information, contact Kevin Peachey.

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Upcoming MAV events...

23 April

Company Directors Course

29 April

Planning and specification development course

7 May

Demystifying local government finance & the new reporting framework training

 

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