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COLLABORATION &

CAPACITY BUILDING

Once again the value of building strong alliances

was demonstrated through the achievement of

substantial savings and improved outcomes.


ADVOCACY


The MAV was successful in

obtaining a commitment from

the re-elected Bracks

Government to its Call To Parties

request to ensure the Local

Government Act remains

updated and can support

innovation in the sector. The

Government also agreed to

continue to implement reforms

requested by local government

through the Best Value

Commission to reduce the

burden of state government

reporting. The Government

allocated $4 million in its local

government election policy to

support council innovation,

collaboration and red-tape

reduction initiatives. This was

an important acknowledgement

of confidence in the work being

undertaken by the MAV and

councils in this emerging area

of expertise.


BUS

SHELTERS


In November the Australian

Competition and Consumer

Commission (ACCC) granted

interim approval to allow the

MAV to tender for bus shelter

installation and maintenance

services on behalf of a group

of metropolitan councils. The

MAV sought ACCC authorisation

to allow participating councils

to enter into a Memorandum

of Understanding with the

Director of Public Transport to

transfer responsibility for the

provision of bus shelter services

and conduct a tender process

before the expiry of an existing

agreement in July 2007. In

authorising its interim approval,

the ACCC provided immunity

from potential court action

related to anti-competitive

practices that would otherwise

breach the Trades Practices Act



1974, as it was satisfied that

the proposal delivered a net

public benefit.
EASYBIZ

The EasyBiz project, which

involves 31 councils led by the

City of Whittlesea, with $6.2

million funding support from

the Federal Government’s

Regulation Reduction Incentive

Fund, is designing an online tool

to streamline and simplify small

business interaction with

councils. Progress over the last

year included the establishment

of reference groups covering

Project Directions and

Monitoring, Industry Reference,

and Monitoring and Technical

Development, as well as the

identification of 25 applicable

online transactions. The Business

Victoria website will host the

EasyBiz service and provide a

vehicle for aligning state and

local government compliance

transactions involving small

business. The MAV is likely to

enter into an agreement with

Business Victoria on behalf of

the consortium, in a similar role

to that provided to the SWIFT

consortium project.


FUTURE OF

LOCAL


GOVERNMENT

In October, the MAV Future

of Local Government (FOLG)

project received State Council

endorsement to develop a vision

for the sector. Three working

groups, which were led by

the MAV and comprised

representatives from

metropolitan, regional and

rural councils, developed

frameworks around the themes

of collaboration, accountability

and performance, with the

common foundation principle

being local government’s

primary responsibility for

ensuring community wellbeing.

The frameworks were finalised

at the June FOLG Summit,

which was attended by over

170 delegates, and will be

presented to the MAV Board

and annual State Council

meeting for final approval

during the latter half of 2007.


SWIFT

The MAV/VicLink SWIFT Library

project involves a consortium of

nine council and regional

libraries representing 54 public

libraries, working collaboratively

to develop common, integrated

operational practices, purchase

a new computer system and

outsource managed services to

a third party. An important

milestone was reached in March

with the first library, the Eastern

Regional Libraries Corporation,

going live with the new system.

The remaining library

organisations went live by 30

June 2007, in accordance with

the implementation plan. Interest

in belonging to SWIFT has

grown, with another four library

organisations signing to

participate during the 2007/08

year, and a further eight

expressing interest to participate.

The SWIFT Library Consortium

is expected to eventually

represent 52% of councils, 36%

of the population and 34% of

registered borrowers making

10.1 million visits and borrowing
WORLD CLASS

SERVICES


As part of the Victorian

Government’s World Class

Service program, the Business

Victoria website

www.business.vic.gov.au was

developed to bring together

government services from the

three spheres of government.

The site includes advanced

online learning tools, step-by-

step guides, online and phone

customer support facilities,

and an online account through

which permits, licences and

registrations can be submitted.

The MAV worked closely with

Business Victoria to enable

council information to be easily

accessed on the website.

At the end of June 2007,

29 councils had completed

the publication process.



15.5 million items per annum,

with projected savings for

libraries of between 13-28%.

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