Letter to the Prime Minister: Family Day Care
Last week the MAV wrote to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to express the sector’s concerns about changes to the Family Day Care (FDC) model, announced in December, which will dramatically affect Victoria’s FDC operation.
The changes mean that children of childcare educators cannot attend FDC run by another operator, which could cause some families to miss out on affordable, accessible and flexible child care from 2015.
We also raised our concerns around the notice of change to the Community Support Programme (CSP) Funding Agreement, which will severely restrict councils capacity to make further investment in FDC.
We have called on the Prime Minister and the Federal Government to undertake a full and consultative review of CSP and FDC, and we are requesting that consideration is given to a special circumstances funding category to ensure that high quality established FDC services do not close.
For further information, contact Clare Hargreaves.
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service Data Management System
The tender for provision of a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service Data Management System (DMS) has been completed, with D.R.A. Computing Pty Ltd appointed as the supplier.
D.R.A. has a successful track record in providing a similar product for the Western Australia Government's Child Health Service.
The system go-live is planned for July with all councils able to progressively join the new system from this time onwards (as they choose). Details of contract arrangements and invoice administration for councils with the MAV will be provided in the coming months.
All councils will be updated regularly on progress with the development of the system and rollout plans for testing, training and data transfer.
For further information, contact MAV Procurement.
MAV nominations to Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is seeking a non-elected representative by the MAV to participate as a member of the Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel. We have been asked to provide the Office of Geographic Names with three suitable candidates.
The primary role of the Committee is to:
- Consider and suggest areas for review, assist by input from the Office of Geographic Names and Stakeholders
- Approve the key areas for review
- Develop the review process
- Identify the key stakeholder groups
- Consider the adequacy of the current Principles and Procedures, and suggest additions, deletions or amendments as required
- Review a draft and final Guideline documentation.
If a staff member within your planning or rates area is interested in participating, please send a Curriculum Vitae to Gareth Hately by 30 January.
The Panel is likely to meet on a monthly basis from February until December. The first meeting will be held on 19 February. Meetings are expected to be held in the CBD.
For more information, contact Rafe Benli on 8636 2851.
Planned tenders for 2015
MAV Procurement can confirm it will be conducting the following planned tenders for 2015 (please note this list is subject to change and additional tenders will be added):
- Office Supplies (contract to commence April 2015)
- Corporate Wardrobe (NPN, contract to commence July 2015)
- IT Professional Services (target commencement July 2015)
- Local Government Funding Vehicle (second issuance planned for July 2015)
- Recruitment Services (contract to commence November 2015)
- Marketing Services (contract to commence November 2015)
We are currently reviewing a number of opportunities including IT Hardware (PCs and Laptops), ICT Managed Services, Web Content Management and Environmental Services.
Further detail about the end of contracts and continuing contracts is available in our latest MAV Procurement e-bulletin. Subscribe online to receive this publication.
Building Inclusive Communities: event
The MAV is holding a Building Inclusive Communities forum on 26 February at Melbourne Town Hall.
This forum offers:
- an overview of the community inclusion component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- showcases local government's achievements
- demonstrates the important role that councils play in achieving an inclusive Australian society - enabling people with a disability to fulfill their potential as equal citizens.
Come along to explore how local government can help shape the future of the Building Inclusive Communities program through transition to the NDIS. Registrations can be made online. The forum is free to attend and runs from 9.30am-1.30pm.
School crossing supervisor campaign
The City of Boroondara is running a campaign to recruit more School Crossing Supervisors, and has created a range of targeted videos that other councils can access.
So far the campaign has been a great success with 21 new recruits in 2014 compared to six recruits in the previous two years. There has also been a substantial amount of media interest in the campaign.
The videos have also been subtitled in Chinese, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese to promote the role as a way to connect communities. The videos are available on YouTube.
If your council is interested in using the videos in your municipality, please contact Kelli Browne.
Australia Day honours
The MAV would like to congratulate former councillors who received Order of Australia medals on Australia Day.
The following former councillors were recognised for services to local government and the community:
- Neil Pope AM (Lilydale Shire Council, 1979-1982, and past MAV Executive Member, 1980-1982)
- Geoff Dinning OAM (Rural City of Wangaratta, 1997-2003)
- Bernard Gross OAM (West Wimmera Shire Council, 1985-1994, Horsham Rural City Council, 1997-2012)
- Glenys Philpot (Warrnambool City Council, 1996-2008)
- Maurice Sharkey OAM (City of Greater Bendigo, 1996-2001 and Huntly Shire Council, 1988-1994, MAV Roads Committee)
A full list of recipients is available online.
NTCA Local Government Forest and Timber Industry Conference
Councils are encouraged to save the date for the second biennial National Timber Councils Association’s Local Government Forest and Timber Industry Conference. It will be held at the Bayview Eden, Melbourne on 29-30 April 2015.
With a focus on socio-economic issues and the relationship between local government and the timber industry, the unique program was very successful in bringing together these issues at the inaugural conference in 2013. The Conference will provide challenging keynote presentations, highly participative discussions, engaging thought provokers, and the opportunity to learn from and share experiences with others across Australia.
The inaugural conference had approximately 100 delegates in attendance and attracted positive feedback. The 2015 event looks to build on this success with plans well underway.
The conference program and further details will be circulated shortly.
What is your anti-racism pledge?
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has announced that Twitter Australia is supporting the Racism. It Stops with Me campaign, and have pledged to take action against hate speech.
To mark this occasion, AHRC is calling on councils, individuals and organisations to make personal pledges against racism on Twitter.
You can tweet your pledge or snap and tweet a picture with a downloadable pledge card with the hashtag #itstopswithme, and ask your friends and colleagues to do the same.
The MAV formally signed up to the Racism. It Stops with Me campaign in 2013.
Driveway safety campaign
Kidsafe has been joined by the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos this week to remind Victorians about driveway safety as part of a Return to School Safe: Driveway Safety campaign.
The campaign focuses on three simple messages: Supervise, Separate and See. Councils are encouraged to promote the campaign to communities.
An average of seven children die from being accidentally run over in Australian driveways each year, with a further 14 kids seriously injured.
Most incidents occur in the child’s own home during the hectic morning and afternoon school run periods.
Further information is available on the Kidsafe website.
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