Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)
The initial insurance facility for not-for-profit community organisations was developed by MAV in June 2002 to provide affordable public liability insurance to the sector at a time of crisis within the public liability insurance industry.
The Municipal Association of Victoria is the peak body to local government in Victoria and was established under its own Act of Parliament, the Municipal Association Act 1907. Its purpose is to promote the efficient carrying out of municipal government throughout the state of Victoria and to watch over and protect the interests, rights and privileges of municipal corporations. Its objective is to be the representative and influential collective voice of local government.
Local Government relies heavily on the work undertaken by volunteer community groups and the lack of affordability and availability of public liability insurance threatened to derail many of the volunteer organisations our communities have depended upon for so many years. In response, the MAV, in partnership with its insurance broker, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT), the State Government of Victoria and Ourcommunity.com.au set about developing a solution.
With the further support of local government, the insurance was provided through the Victorian Local Government Mutual Liability Insurance Scheme known as Civic Mutual Plus (CMP), which was established by the MAV in 1993 and managed by JLT to insure Victorian and Tasmanian local government for public and products liability. Cover was provided as an extension to the cover afforded to the municipality within which the local community group operated and, although strict eligibility criteria meant that many groups could still not be insured, the scheme provided insurance to almost 1,000 organisations.