The Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel (LGMAP) is appointed and chaired by the Minister for Local Government. The panel advises the Minister on a range of legislative, regulatory, strategic and policy decisions which impact the local government sector. Meetings of the LGMAP are usually scheduled between March and October to account for mayoral terms and to enable the Minister to select and appoint new members each year.

2024 LGMAP

The Minister for Local Government wrote to the Chairs of 15 council-led advocacy groups to request the nomination of a mayor from their group to be considered for appointment to the 2024 LGMAP.  Appointments will be made in line with the 2024 LGMAP Terms of Reference.

Nominees must be a current Victorian mayor, elected to serve in that capacity until the 2024 local government elections. Nominees selected for appointment to the LGMAP will serve as a representative of their group.

Meetings of the Panel are scheduled for 7 March, 9 May, 1 August and 12 September.

The nomination process is now open and will close at 9.00am on 12 February 2024.

Nominations have been requested from the following groups:

  1. Association of Bayside Municipalities (ABM)
  2. Eastern Region Group of Councils (ERG)
  3. G21 Region Alliance (G21)
  4. Greater Ballarat Alliance of Councils (GBAC)
  5. Greater South East Melbourne (GSEM)
  6. Inner South Metropolitan Mayors Forum (ISMMF)
  7. Interface Councils
  8. LeadWest
  9. Melbourne 9 (M9)
  10. Murray River Group of Councils (MRGC)
  11. Northern Councils Alliance (NCA)
  12. One Gippsland
  13. Peri Urban Councils Victoria (PUCV)
  14. Regional Cities Victoria
  15. Rural Councils Victoria

For more information about the LGMAP, please email

The 2023 LGMAP term ended on 20 October 2023.

The Minister for Local Government appointed the 2023 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel (LGMAP) to provide advice on a broad range of topics relevant to the local government sector.

The appointees to the 2023 LGMAP were:

  • Cr Andrea Metcalf, Mayor, Greater Bendigo City Council
  • Cr Annemarie McCabe, Mayor, Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Cr Antoinette (Tony) Briffa, Mayor, Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Cr Augustina (Tina) Samardzija, Mayor, Monash City Council
  • Cr Claudia Nguyen, Mayor, Yarra City Council
  • Cr Fiona Stevens, Mayor, Mitchell Shire Council
  • Cr Hadi Saab, Mayor, Kingston City Council
  • Cr James (Jim) Magee, Mayor, Glen Eira City Council
  • Cr Karen Foster, Mayor, Moyne Shire Council
  • Cr Laura Binks, Mayor, Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Cr Pierce Tyson, Mayor, Moonee Valley City Council
  • Cr Rosie Annear, Mayor, Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Cr Sophie Price, Mayor, Indigo Shire Council

Back L-R: Cr Hadi Saab; Cr Fiona Stevens; Cr Pierce Tyson; Cr Jim Magee; Cr Rosie Annear; Cr Tina Samardzija.

Front: L-R: Cr Tony Briffa; Cr Claudia Nguyen; Cr Sophie Price; Cr Andrea Metcalf; Minister for Local Government, the Hon Melissa Horne; Cr Annemarie McCabe, Cr Laura Binks.

The role of LGMAP is to provide high level advice to the Minister on a range of legislative, regulatory, strategic and policy decisions which impact on local government.

Chaired by the Minister, the 2023 LGMAP focused on the theme of sector governance and accountability.

The panel met for the first time on 4 April 2023 when they discussed local government sector priorities including council culture and sector governance and accountability.

The second meeting of the panel took place on 11 July 2023.  At this meeting members continued discussions on governance and accountability, with a focus on councillor conduct.

The last meeting of the panel took place on 12 October 2023. Members discussed the recommendations from the Operation Sandon special report and local government financial sustainability.

Further information regarding the responsibilities and operation of the panel is detailed in the 2023 LGMAP Terms of Reference.