FOLG 2015 – Innovation and collaboration are the new imperatives, but how to deliver?

Administrator FOLG 2015

In the wake of:

  • the most dramatic cuts to local government finance in a generation
  • the advent of the internet revolution that is transforming citizens expectations

public services are facing increasingly complex demands with fewer funds to tackle them.

Incremental improvements to services (business as usual) will not be enough.

If local government is to overcome these challenges, it needs to rethink how it functions from the inside out, and re-imagine how public services can help strengthen communities and improve their quality of life.

It is a case of innovate or die!


Case Studies

Swift library Consortium

The SWIFT Library Consortium involves 22 public libraries and councils in Victoria and NSW working collaboratively to improve the efficiency and quality of library services.

This collaboration provides library users with resources and collections they may not otherwise be able to access. Consortium members share a bibliographic database and library management system (SirsiDynix Symphony) in the cloud. The Swift model converts many standalone libraries into ‘one library’ in which can be accessed by any member of any of the participating libraries.

Resources: Click here to download attached powerpoint – Swift Presentation for MAV FLG

Kevin Rusbridge
Business Manager, SWIFT Library Consortium
0408 533 442

Activity-based Working (‘paperless’ office) at Cardinia Council


  • Improved employee engagement and empowerment
  • Reduction of paper by 70%
  • Decrease in operational energy costs through functional ESD design
  • Health benefits – more mobile working. Deakin study
  • Operational benefits – (increase productivity- 68% of staff feel they are more productive in this environment )
  • Less floors space required per staff member – decreased building footprint. (If new building)
  • Built in 10 years additional growth or more
  • Increased organisational learning which drives better decision making and customer service

Resources: Click here to download attached powerpoint = Cardinia MAV Conference – The future of local government

Di Ashton | Project Director- Activity Based Working | Cardinia Shire Council
Ph: 5945 4271


Victorian Local Government Enablement Platform – Proof of Concept (Cloud Computing)

An invitation for your council to participate in a six month proof of concept to test the viability of a Victorian Local Government Enablement Platform (Cloud). The trial will include benchmarking of benefits in the provision of internet services, email services, collaborative data storage, security standards and shared applications.

This year, in collaboration with a variety of councils and stakeholder groups, the MAV has been analysing significant challenges facing the sector and identifying preferred future directions.

The challenges include:

  • the likely reduction in funding arising from State and Federal Government cutbacks
  • rapidly rising community expectations about service delivery
  • the need to do more with less
  • the anticipated loss of skills and knowledge over the next 5 years.
  • Technology has been identified as a key enabler to improving service delivery efficiency, reducing costs and increasing collaboration and innovation across the sector.

To effectively leverage technology, last December the MAV Procurement entered into a strategic partnership arrangement with Telstra to develop a collaboration platform that can facilitate better access to shared data, provide greater opportunity for shared innovation, deliver significant cost savings and enable greater opportunity for shared services.

The proposed platform will be open and contestable, supporting existing vendor relationships. It is anticipated that it will improve interoperability with other levels of government, as well as within and between councils; provide increased security and greater capacity to engage with communities more efficiently.

We are now seeking expressions of interest from councils that would like to participate in a six-month proof of concept to be implemented by our partner organisation, Telstra. Telstra is offering proof of concept services at no additional cost to participating councils. Projects for benchmarking will be decided in consultation with participating councils, with the aim of providing benefits for individual councils as well as enabling improved collaboration, greater productivity and more effective community engagement for all Victorian councils.

Resources: Click here to download attached powerpoint – LG Enablement Platform Presentation

Lisa Bennetto
MAV Technology