Professional Development

Applications NOW OPEN for our 2021 Leadership Program

July 16, 2021

Applications are NOW OPEN for our Financial Management and Leadership Development Program 2021 – ‘Rising to the Challenge’. Are you ready to take the next step in your career? This Program will provide a unique opportunity for emerging leaders in Financial Management to develop the extra skills they need to move from being an ‘accountant’...


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18 June 2021 – Professional Development Recordings – Victorian Ombudsman, The ESC and Financial Plans / LTFP’s

June 22, 2021

We ran a session for members on 18 June 2021 which was very well attended. Copies of the recordings and, where applicable, presentation slides, are now available. ________________________________________________________________________________ Part 1: comprises the first two sessions.   Speaker 1.  Deborah Glass – Victorian Ombudsman Deborah spoke about the recent investigation her office completed into financial hardship and...


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FinPro Webinar – Your questions answered – 20 May 2021

May 24, 2021

As Councils are thick into budgets, implementing the changes required as a result of the new LGA, as well as thinking about preparing year end accounts and being audited, there are always a lot of questions.  To assist, FinPro ran an online, interactive Question and Answer session.  This was an opportunity for members to ask...


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GST Risks – Wednesday 12 May 2021

May 5, 2021

GST has been with us for over 20 years, however challenges and risks are still emerging. This session focused on the considerations required by local governments in the areas of fees and charges and grants to community groups. Both areas provide challenges and have a degree of grey in the current requirements. This session also...


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Financial Plan Support Webinar – 30 April 2021

May 5, 2021

FinPro ran a Financial Plan support webinar to help members complete the Financial Plan, now a mandatory reporting requirement under the new LG Act 2021. Feedback from the recent webinar launching the Financial Plan templates suggested that members may benefit from further support and advice in this area. This Financial Plan support webinar was designed...


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FinPro Member Update Edition 11, 2021

April 1, 2021

Our Member Update (Edition 10, 2021) is available now. In this edition read about: Membership news Local Government Act Implementation Update Important Dates Photo of the week – Southern Grampians Shire Current Job Vacancies


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FinPro Webinar – Rating and Revenue Plans – 19 March 2021

March 22, 2021

As part of a series of webinars around the Implementation of the Local Government Act 2020, FinPro ran a webinar on 19 march 2021 to discuss Revenue and Rating Plans.  The session covered the following: An introduction to the key aspects of the Revenue and Rating Plan better practice guidance; A summary of the legislative...


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FinPro Webinar – Fraud Awareness – 18 March 2021

March 18, 2021

Fraud awareness training is one of the main tenets of a fraud strategy.  Educating members in respect of what to look for and how fraud happens, empower them to take the necessary action to mitigate the risk of it occurring, or, when it does occur, address it in the correct way. The team from Crowe...


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FinPro Webinar – Financial Plans – 12 March 2021

March 15, 2021

The session covered, in detail, the recently launched Financial Plan, including: An introduction to the key aspects of the Financial Plan template and associated better practice guidance; A summary of the legislative and regulatory requirements; and A Q & A Session around the Financial Plan.


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FinPro Webinar – Budget Preparation – 10 March 2021

March 15, 2021

Following from our webinar panel in December, FinPro rana follow up session to discuss how Council’s are progressing with the preparation of their 2021/22 Annual Budgets. Facilitated by Danny Wain, we heard hear from a range of councils about their progress, the challenges they are facing and the timelines they are following. Panelists for the...


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FinPro Webinar – Model Budget and Financial Statements – 5 March 2021

March 9, 2021

A webinar was held on Friday 5 March 2021 to discuss the various components of the recently launched Model Budget 2021/22 and Model Financial Statements 2020/21. Presented by Daniel O’Shea (LGV), Martin Thompson (Crowe Australasia) and Hannah White (Mitchell Shire), this webinar covered key changes to the 2020-21 Model Accounts and associated better practice guidance:...


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FinPro Professional Development Day – Friday 26 February 2021

February 26, 2021

Today we ran a very successful professional development session with nearly 300 members taking part. The sessions covered the following topics: 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...


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FinPro Webinar – Preparing for the upcoming Budget Cycle

December 11, 2020

Understanding that Councils will now have turned their attention to the 2021/22 Planning and Budgeting processes., we ran a webinar to discuss the initial plans some of our councils had on this topic.  The frameworks under which plans and budgets are considered this year will be vitally important – possibly more than that for prior...


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FinPro Mini-Conference 2020

October 29, 2020

Our 2020 Mini-conference was held on 21 and 22 October 2020.  A range of topics and speakers were included in the program. A summary of the event, including copies of presentations and recordings of all sessions is included below. Long Term Financial Plans. One of the key changes for Finance professionals in Local Government coming...


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Councillor Onboarding (with a finance focus) – Webinar 1.10.20

October 2, 2020

Councillor elections only come around once every four years….and the induction of a new Council is vital in establishing the framework for their term as Councillors. To assist members in preparing to onboard their new Councillors and also to update returning Councillors, we ran a Webinar on Thursday 2 October where we detailed some key...


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FinPro Lunch and Learn Series – Setting a new work mindset

August 7, 2020

On Friday 31 July we ran a session on ‘setting a new work mindset’. Facilitated by Bradley Thomas, President FinPro, the Speakers were: Richard Dore, Co-CEO, Proteus Leadership John Henderson, Assistant Director Solutions Engagement, DHHS Mary-Jane Moala, Coordinator Finance Operations, Wyndham City Council Belinda Johnson, Finance Manager, Southern Grampians Shire WATCH NOW


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Local Government Act 2020 Implementation Update

April 21, 2020

  After several years of community consultation, drafts, and debate, the new Local Government Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 24 March, and the first phase of reforms was proclaimed on 6 April. You can read the Act here – https://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/as-made/acts/local-government-act-2020 The Act is designed to be more principles-based rather than prescriptive and will improve...


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FinPro Professional Development Day – Friday 21 February 2020

February 25, 2020

Over 270 delegates attended our first Professional Development day for the year, representing 70 Victorian Councils and a number of regional library corporations. It was an information filled day as delegates heard from 13 speakers over the course of the day, covering a range of topics of interest to local government finance professionals.  Some of...


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It’s a wrap – 2019 FinPro Conference

October 24, 2019

Thank-you to everyone who attended the 2019 FinPro Conference – held 16 – 18 October at RACV Cape Schanck. Over the 3 days of the conference, speakers, sponsors and delegates explored many significant challenges facing local government finance professionals as we look to the future. Being conscious of the environmental impact we had during the...


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2019 FinPro Leadership Program Announcement

August 14, 2019

FinPro and Vision Super are excited to announce the 12 successful applicants to participate in a 2 ½ day residential program plus partake in a follow-up 12 month mentoring program facilitated by FinPro. Congratulations to the following successful applicants: Danielle How – Hepburn Shire Yamile Monsalve – Bayside City Council Nick Bell – Greater Bendigo...


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FinPro Professional Development Day 31 May 2019

June 4, 2019

FinPro Professional Development Day 31.5.19 The second FinPro Seminar for 2019 was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on Friday 31 May 2019. FinPro’s President, Bradley Thomas, opened the seminar with a fantastic competition, giving 3 FinPro members a chance to win tickets to the Women’s Leadership Symposium.  To apply to be...


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FinPro Webinar Program March / April 2019

April 2, 2019

FinPro is proud to have worked with LGV and Crowe Horwath to provide a range of webinars during March and April 2019. Details of these webinars, presented by Martin Thompson from Crowe Horwath are: Webinar 1:  March 22, 2019 Model Accounts 2018/19 and Model Budget 2019/20 Workshop Recording link Model budget 2019/20 Model Accounts 2018/19...


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FinPro Professional Development Seminar – Friday 22 February 2019

February 26, 2019

The first FinPro Seminar for 2019 was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on Friday 22 February 2019.  This was a new venue for the group and it did not disappoint those who attended. Bradley Thomas’ “Inaugural President’s Welcome Speech” was well received, capturing the essence of what FinPro is hoping to...


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FinPro Conference 2018

October 22, 2018

The picturesque Mantra Lorne was the perfect location to hold our 2018 Conference.  Last week over 300 delegates, speakers and sponsors met up in Lorne to discuss all things Local Government Finance related, Data and more. The 3 day program, themed ‘Waves of Data’ saw many speakers delve into different aspects of data and how...


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FinPro CPD Hours

June 18, 2018

FinPro runs a number of Professional Development opportunities each year.  Each of these provides CPD hours for attendees. To determine the CPD hours of the events run by FinPro please refer to the following: FinPro CPD Hours – 2015 – 2019


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FinPro Professional Development Day 1 June 2018

June 4, 2018

Fin Pro held a very successful Professional Development Day at CPA Australia on Friday 1 June.  Included in the day was the launch of the 2018 Leadership Program, a FREE program offered to up to 12 Fin Pro members aimed at furthering your financial management and leadership skills.  Further details are available on our news page...


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Applications now open – 2018 Financial Management Leadership Program

May 31, 2018

FinPro pleased to announce that applications are now open for a place at this years Financial Management Leadership Skills Program.  We thank Vision Super, our Program Partners, for their continued support in providing this valuable program to our members. This Program is aimed at those who see themselves as future leaders in Local Government Finance....


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FinPro Professional Development Seminar – Friday 1 June 2018

April 27, 2018

FinPro will hold a Professional Development Day on Friday 1 June 2018 at CPA Australia, Level 20, 28 Freshwater Place, Southbank. For full details and for information on how to register please refer to the following: FinPro Professional Development Seminar 1 June 2018 – Program and Registration Registrations close on Wednesday 23 May 2018.


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FinPro Conference 2016 – Sharing Solutions

October 25, 2016

The 2016 FinPro Conference was held last week at Mantra Lorne. Record numbers attended: 196 Delegates, representing 70 Victorian Councils plus NSW and Queensland Local Government 56 Sponsor Representatives from 18 Sponsors 20 Speakers Very positive feedback has been received from those who attended. The Program was filled and the mood was positive.  FinPro-2016-Conference-Program A...


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FinPro Professional Development Seminar – 26 May 2016

May 27, 2016

A great range of speakers presented at the 2nd FinPro Seminar for 2016.  The day was cold, the weather was awful, but the room for full of people, conversation, information, networking and sharing. 72 Council’s were represented at the seminar, with a turnout of 246 attendees.  What a great audience for our speakers to present...


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FinPro Conference 2015 – ‘Change Adapt Thrive’

March 3, 2016

The FinPro Conference will be held at Peppers The Sands Torquay from 11 – 13 November 2015. See here for a copy of the Conference Program. Many thanks to our fantastic sponsors for this years’ program: Platinum Sponsors – TechnologyOne Gold Sponsors – Commonwealth Bank Silver Sponsors – Bankwest Silver Sponsors – Civica Silver Sponsors...


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FinPro Professional Development Seminar – 28 May 2015

March 3, 2016

250 members attended the latest FinPro Seminar on Thursday 28 May 2015 at The Centre Ivanhoe. The program was full, as was the room. Most of the day related to various discussions on the impending Rate Capping that is being brought in by the State Government. Other items on the agenda included an update from...


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2012 FinPro Conference

March 3, 2016

Sync or Swim The 2012 FinPro Conference was held at the Novotel Forest Resort from 29 February – 2 March. A record 250 delegates and sponsors attended the conference and heard from a range of speakers. The theme of the conference was Sync or Swim and many of the speakers presented interested and topic sessions...


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Professional Development Seminar – 9 June 2011

March 3, 2016

On the 9th June 2011 FinPro conducted its regular Professional Development Seminar. Over 240 representatives from Victorian Councils and related organisations were in attendance. The program for the day was extensive with a range of speakers and topics. Copies of the papers from all speakers, are available here to be viewed: 2011 FinPro Vision Super...


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Professional Development Seminar – 7 October 2010

March 3, 2016

On the 7th October 2010 FinPro conducted its regular Professional Development Seminar.Over 200 representatives from Victorian Councils and related organisations were in attendance. The program for the day was extensive with a range of speakers and topics. Copies of the papers from all speakers, excepting Rob Spence, are available here to be viewed: Emerging trends...


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Professional Development Seminar – 10 June 2010

March 3, 2016

FinPro held a Professional Development Seminar on the 10th June at the Centre Ivanhoel Speakers were: Ron Mak: Victorian Auditor General’s Office – Year end audit process Martin Thompson – WHK Horwath – Model Accounts Amy Montalti – Nillumbik Shire Council – 2009 Scholarship recipient 2010 FinPro Vision Super Scholarship Winners Tom Caelli – Mitchell...


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FinPro Conference 2010 – You Can Make A Difference!

March 3, 2016

From the 3rd – 5th March 2010 Local Government Finance Professionals hosted the Biannual National Local Government Finance officers Conference.Over 200 delegates from around Australia attended the conference, held at the Novotel Forest Resort in Creswick, Vic. The conference theme was you can make a difference! and the many speakers covered a variety of topics...


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