Government Community of Practice

Background

This forum was created in order for AM professionals in government bodies to convene, share, and grow their asset management skills and knowledge. It acts as a single meeting place for government professionals in asset management, bringing together and establishing connections that may have otherwise not been available.

Goals of the CoP

  • Bring together a group of like-minded professionals in government asset management
  • Share knowledge, experiences, and case studies in order to learn
  • Create strategies for implementing and improving current challenges in asset management in government departments
  • Help government bodies develop and enhance their asset management practice starting from the planning phase through to the retirement phase

Key meeting places of the CoP

The Sydney, Peth, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Hobart chapters will each hold government CoP events annually. To enquire about these events, please email the respective chapter chair.
For those who subscribe, a monthly newsletter will be emailed, containing all government-sector news in the asset management sphere.
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Gov Bill

Last year, in November, the new Local Government Bill was introduced to Parliament. The bill will become law imminently, and will take effect in a progressive motion across 2020, and into 2021.

The bill is the result of many years of extensive engagement with Victoria’s 79 councils, ratepayers, stakeholders and communties, and seeks to reform and improve the way local government works in the state of Victoria.  With a focus on training for councillors, and strategic planning in the areas of financial management, community vision and good practice guidelines, the introduction of the bill brings in a new era of local governance.

Significantly of interest to the Asset Management Council’s membership base is the introduction of an Asset Plan, the scope of which is a period of at least ten years. The asset plan for each local council must include ‘information about maintenance, renewal, acquisition, expansion, upgrade, disposal and decommissioning in relation to each class of asset under the control of the council’1. This therefore includes, parks and buildings, ovals and community infrastructure, roads, paths and bike trails, as well as playgrounds, tools, vehicles and equipment, data and other information assets.

This will undoubtedly bring many challenges to local governments that are not already working in line with strategic asset management plans. The good news is that the Asset Management Council, even in these times of uncertainty, can provide the training and guidance that each of the local government councils will need to embed this new law into their policies. With online Asset Management Fundamentals training, each councillor and staff member can be well equipped to face the challenge.

Have a look at our affordable membership rates by clicking here. Once a member you’ll have access to our online body of knowledge through technical papers and presentations, reduced rates to training, events, and find new avenues to expand your network. 


1 Sourced: https://content.legislation.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/591055bs1.pdf

 

 

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