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MAV Insurance Bulletin

Issue 18: April 2014
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Tasmanian MAV Insurance Conference
Save the Date: Victorian MAV Insurance & Risk Conference
Free council dam training session
Road Management Plan Survey Results
Tree Root Risk Assessment template
Claims management manual – Vic Water Authorities
LMI progressing to paperless office
New Victorian laws ban smoking where children play
Emergency Management Australia is mobile
Emergency risks in Victoria
Babies and toddlers: cot to bed safety
Autoroads releases new guidelines
Events

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Tasmanian MAV Insurance Conference

The 2014 MAV Insurance Conference will be held on 8-9 May at Tidal Waters Resort, St Helens. Visit the MAV Insurance website to access the agenda and registration form.

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Save the Date: Victorian MAV Insurance & Risk Conference

This year our conference will be held at the Melbourne Museum on 16-17 October. Further details will be available in future bulletins.

Free council dam training session

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries is hosting a free training session on dam safety, maintenance and surveillance at the MAV. All councils are invited to attend.

The session will be held at the MAV Office, level 11, 60 Collins St Melbourne on Tuesday 27 May, from 10am-4pm. RSVP via the MAV events registration system by 23 May.

Road Management Plan Survey Results

The results of the 2013 MAV Road Management Plan survey were released at the recent round of Victorian Best Practice Forums.

A summary handout has been produced, which provides comparative data for regional groups, as well as general risk management advice on better practice.

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Tree Root Risk Assessment template

A selected working group of council representatives and the LMI risk team have developed a draft Tree Root Risk Assessment Template. The assessment currently considers history of tree and surrounding infrastructure, produces a likelihood score and priority ranking, and identifies any other potential explanations for existing asset damage.

The template is currently under practical review with the working group, and will be released to members at the next round of Best Practice Forums.

Claims management manual – Vic Water Authorities

The updated claims manual for Victorian Water Authorities is available online.

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LMI progressing to paperless office

The LMI Claims Department has switched to electronic claims file management to establish a ‘paperless’ office. This provides ease of access to the complete file, improved customer service, and is better for the environment.

This is the first step in developing a web-based claims system, where members will have access to their individual claim files electronically.

New Victorian laws ban smoking where children play

From 1 April 2014, smoking in Victoria is prohibited within 10 metres of outdoor public children’s playground equipment, skate parks and sporting venues during organised underage sporting events, as well as in the outdoor areas of public swimming pools.

Resources to assist local government and venue operators are available via the Department of Health website.

Emergency Management Australia is mobile

Emergency management topics are released monthly by the Attorney-General’s Department and are available via podcast. The podcast covers the latest issues in emergency management from dealing with bushfires, cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis, to complex policy development or program delivery issues.

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Emergency risks in Victoria

The Department of Justice released a report of the 2012-13 State Emergency Risk Assessment project.

Emergency Risks in Victoria reports on 15 significant emergency risks, outlining why each of the risks exists in Victoria, and what arrangements are in place to address each risk. The highest priority risks identified are bushfire, flood and pandemic influenza.

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Babies and toddlers: cot to bed safety

SIDS and Kids have released a brochure regarding the right time to move a baby or young child out of a cot, which may be relevant to council nursing and home care staff.

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Autoroads releases new guidelines

The Association of Australia and New Zealand road transport and traffic authority have released three new reports and guidelines for speed and road safety.

Events

Best Practice Forums – Round One

The first round of forums for 2014 have been finalised. Minutes and the results of the regional brainstorming sessions are available online.

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