Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA)

The Australian Public Library Alliance comprises the chair of every Australian public library association, a senior representative of the ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmanian library services, and three expert members. In total, APLA represent 94% of all the 1,500 public libraries across Australia.

APLA (previously ALIA Public Libraries Advisory Committee) was formed following a highly successful ALIA Public Libraries Summit in July 2009. At the summit, libraries leaders called for ‘Australia’s public libraries to be united behind common goals and ambitions, sharing best practice, contributing to strong communities, valued by people and government, continuing to provide universal free access to information, knowledge and ideas, and confirming the importance of their role for future generations.’ A national alliance, supported by every state and territory, and Public Libraries Australia, was the primary outcome of the summit and was ratified by the signing of a Memorandum of Collaboration in July 2010.

During 2015-16 a key focus was the delivery of a set of outcomes, indicators, standards and guidelines for Australian public libraries. APLA members continued their financial commitment to the Reading Hour and the Summer Reading Club. 

INELI- Oceania

PLV is a partner and funder of the INELI-Oceania program which is being delivered in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association), LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa), NSLA (National and State Libraries of Australasia), the National Library of Australia, National Library of New Zealand and the State Library of Queensland. 


The objective of the program is to create a regional network of emerging library innovators and foster collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders in the region as well as pilot a regional adaption of the international program.  It is based on the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries INELI program which also had Victorian participants. 

The first cohort of innovators completed their program in August 2016. Three of the six Australian innovators are from Victorian public libraries;  two of the mentors are also from Victoria as is the Program Manager and one of the Executive Committee members.

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

PLV is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) which is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

Local Government Victoria

Specific responsibility for public library policy in Victoria rests with the Minister for Local Government.  Local Government Victoria, part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is responsible for administering core public library funding, the collection of public library statistics and benchmarks and regional library corporations legislation, and has as a priority ongoing networking with public libraries, the State Library of Victoria, and key industry groups.

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV)

The MAV is the peak representative and lobbying body for Victoria's 79 councils. It was formed in 1879 and the Municipal Association Act 1907 formalises the MAV as the official voice of local government in Victoria.  Public libraries are funded primarily by local government.

MAV and PLV have a significant and long-term shared interest in strategic and public policy matters as they impact upon public library services.  MAV and PLV have identified a range of shared interests and potential synergies with proven success in working together on projects such as the SWIFT Consortium which is based on one library management system for a number of Victorian public libraries. In addition, the two organisations have a memorandum of understanding for the MAV to employ an Executive Officer to service PLVN’s needs with administrative and financial support and to host certain contractual arrangements between external providers and PLVN members.

State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria and PLV are committed to working together to advance the common aim of delivering excellent library and information services to all Victorians.  In 2017 - 18 the first year of the three-year program of collaborative initiatives continues with the focus on advocacy and continuing to build the capability and leadership capacity of the public library workforce.

SLV works collaboratively with the public library network through the Framework for Collaborative Action, which was reviewed in 2017 with a key outcome being the delivery of the State-Wide Library Development Projects.  Other programs undertaken included the Shared Leadership action learning projects, touring public programs and professional development opportunities.

Under the Libraries Act 1988 the Library Board of Victoria retains the following functions in relation to the wider library network:

•  to oversee cooperation in programs with libraries and information organisations

•  to promote access to library and information resources

•  to exercise leadership and promote high standards in the provision of library and information services and

•  to provide advice and information to the Minister on any matter concerning libraries and information organisations. 


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