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2021-22 Rules Review

A future focused MAV

In November 2021, the MAV Board released a Discussion Paper signalling the start of the review of the MAV’s Rules of Association (the Rules).

This is a significant and one of the more comprehensive reviews of the Rules that the MAV has embarked upon in the last decade.

A graphic showing the timelines for the Rules Review

The review of the Rules is being undertaken in phases. The project commenced with the release of the Discussion Paper in November 2021.  In April 2022 the Directions Paper which is designed to clarify the kind of Rule changes contemplated was released; consultation and engagement is a feature of this project and we are now seeking further stakeholder feedback on proposed changes as outlined in the Directions Paper.

At the MAV State Council meeting being held in June this year the MAV Representatives will provide further guidance to the Board about the proposed directions.

Any changes to the Rules will ultimately be determined by State Council at a meeting in September 2022.

The Governor in Council must also approve the changes.

A governance structure has been established to facilitate the management of the project, which includes the appointment of a Board Steering Committee and a MAV Officer Working Group.

The MAV Board has appointed well-regarded local government expert Mr. Phil Shanahan as the consultant to conduct the review and, Capire Consulting Group, to oversee the engagement activities that will inform the review.

Mr. Mark Hayes, Partner Public Law at Maddocks Lawyers, has been engaged to provide advice regarding the project and the drafting of the new Rules.

Directions Paper - Submissions open

Persons and organisations intending to make a response to the Directions Paper should do so by close of business on 30 May 2022.

To assist in receiving your response, please complete the electronic survey form (refer related links below). Note, the survey contains all questions in the discussion paper. Not all questions must be answered. The survey can be exited and re-entered later to finalise before submitting. Long or short form submissions can be lodged via the survey link or by email to

All submissions will be published in full or in summary form as appropriate on the MAV’s website, unless the person making the submission indicates otherwise.

The MAV may remove identifying information from submissions published.

Submissions that contain offensive or defamatory comments, or which are outside the scope of the review of the Rules will not be published.

Submissions made will be treated in accordance with the MAV’s Information Privacy Policy.

As part of the Directions Paper consultations we will be conducting further round table discussions with member councils. For session times and registrations go to the member's Extranet Rules Review page.

Discussion Paper - Submissions received

The Discussion Paper was released on 22 November 2021 with submissions closing on 28 February 2022. During this period we also conducted several round table discussions with Councils, Mayors, Councillors, CEOs and governance officers to generate conversations about possible Rules changes.

The MAV expresses its appreciation to all those who made submissions and participated in the consultation forums. Your contributions have assisted greatly in informing the Directions Paper.