FinPro Professional Development Webinar and AGM

February 9, 2021

FinPro Online Professional Development Webinar (including the FinPro AGM)

10.00 – 12.30, Friday 26 February 2021 via zoom


Registrations are free for all FinPro Members



10.00 – 10.10          President welcome

10.10 – 10.50          The Economy – Presented by Keenan Jackson, Urban Economist & Economic Consultant @ .id

All councils will now be well engaged on operational planning and budgeting activities. The state of our economy, ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-Normal and the health and welling needs of our communities will be key factors of consideration.  In this next presentation Keenan will provide an economic update and analysis of key indicators that are relevant to our sector.  Keenan will also present on population data across our regions with insights on how municipalities have been impacted over the course of this last year and some early indicators on pathways towards recovery.

A little about Keenan:  Keenan is an economic development specialist with a passion for analysing how cities and regions evolve over time. He has spent the last decade working with the Victorian State Government and the private sector to provide specialist advice to local governments, helping them understand the forces shaping their economies and communities.  He has specialist economic knowledge and expertise in city competitiveness, regional development, cluster analysis, innovation system development, and complexity economics.

10.50 – 11.00                         Break

11.00 – 12.15                          Local Government Act Implementation Update

The new Local Government Act 2020 is the most ambitious reform to the local government sector in over 30 years. The Act will improve local government democracy, accountability and service delivery for all Victorians.

Since the Act was proclaimed on 6 April 2020 the LGV has been working with councils in a sector-led approached of co-design and consultation to develop products and materials that are customizable and scalable for individual councils.

Today, Tony Rocca, who has led the work from FinPro’s perspective over the past 8 months, will introduce the session, speaking about the various working groups who have been working on various parts of the Act Implementation.  He will then introduce the Working Groups Leads who will formally present key highlights in relation to the final documents relevant to their particular group.

  • Hannah White – Model Budget
  • Malcolm Lewis – Long Term Financial Plan
  • John Brockway – Revenue and Rating Strategy

A LGV representative will then speak about the Local Government Act Implementation generally, following this up with the launch the Model Accounts 2020/21.

12.15 – 12.30          FinPro AGM

12.30 pm                 Close