MAV works within an evolving context, and at a crucial time in education:

  • Education is changing, and MAV must lead the way in supporting mathematics educators to have the best impact possible.
  • The mathematics curriculum needs to respond to these changes: from the VCE and VCAL to the early years of school, including kindergarten.Teachers require professional support and resources to develop in students the numeracy capabilities needed in their personal, professional and civic life.
  • It is critical that students are prepared for life after school, progression to further study and for career pathways in a world that is data and information rich and technologically advanced.

In order to maximise it's impact MAV undertakes advocacy and represents maths educators through various means including:

  • meeting with stakeholders to raise and discuss various issues
  • running 
  • developing partnerships
  • providing advice to various panels and committees where possible
  • submitting papers and submission to various inquiries and committees on behalf of maths educators
  • and providing thought leadership.

The MAV Board points the way for MAV decisions and strategy based on their views in representing the members and maths eductors more broadly.

To contact MAV about advocacy related issues email the CEO, Peter Saffin:

Currently MAV is represented on the following panels and groups:

Panel/Group Purpose Representative

Foundation Mathematics review panel 

Feb 2020 onwards

VCAA Foundation Mathematics review, to develop the consultation draft. CEO

GAT Redevelopment Project (GRP) Reference Group


To support VCAA's work in regards to the Numeracy GAT under development, providing assurances to the steering committee including advice on specific issues, endorsing changes, assessing progress to help facilitate the achievement of the project outcomes.  CEO

Tech School Learning Advisory Panel, Victorian Department of Education and Training.

2018 to 2020

Provide advice on the development, design and implementation of the Tech School learning programs. CEO

VCE Mathematics Expert Review Panel, VCAA


Provide advice to VCAA in regards to the review of VCE mathematics.
(MAV also ran a VCE review forum to collect feedback from teachers for the VCAA.)


Victorian Maths Challenge, Victorian Department of Education and Training.

2016 to 2019

Providing advice and support in the development of the Victorian Maths Challenge, development and trialling of resources including the facilitation of family maths nights, and advising on the development of the Infinite Voyage app.

CEO and MAV consultants and representatives
International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IM2C)

Supporting the implementation of the IM2C in Australia.
Find out more here:

Michaela Epstein (Immediate Past President)

Papers and related resources:

Resource Description Link

Valuing Mathematics in Society: a discussion paper.

Released: September 2019

This thought leadership paper elaborates on the selected areas as a discussion starter, identifying areas where together we can advance mathematics education in Victoria for the decades ahead. Further papers that take a deep dive into specific areas will follow over time. This will allow stakeholders to engage in considered debate and action where required. Click here to download

Other recent work:

Activity Purpose Representative
Nov/Dec 2019

The Age arcticle: Success in year 12 maths adds up to better science results at uni. including quotes from MAV CEO, Peter Saffin

Radio interview with ABC in regards to PISA.


Meeting with the Parliamentary Secretary for Schools, Tim Richardson MP.

Monday 9 Dec 2019

Discuss how subject associations are working to support government initiatives, DET, VCAA and others. Outline key issues of concern for subject associations in regards to discipline based professional learning. MAV CEO (With CEO of HTAV and DLTV)

Presentation by The Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) to MAV Board.

September 2019

A representative from the VIT provided an overview to governance and regulatory approach, current issues, and future strategic directions. There will be opportunity for MAV to provide advice to VIT as they work through changes around their teacher registration and its links to professional learning.

MAV Board

Consultation with Grattan Institute.

September 2019

Discussion and provision of feedback on aspects of their their upcoming report on a school and regional staffing structures that could support discipline-based teacher professional learning and networking. MAV CEO (With CEO of HTAV)

Margaret Mackenzie re VCAA PLFramework.

Augsust 2019

The VCAA has commissioned a report on the current provision of professional learning for VCE teachers. Representatives from the teachers’ associations for Health and PE, Design and Technology, Geography, Maths and History met with Margaret Mackenzie, the consultant who has been appointed to write the report. We were able to describe some of the many ways in which teachers’ associations are supporting Victoria’s VCE teachers, and what we have learned about the needs of VCE teachers in the process. MAV CEO with representatives of CPTAV (Council of Professional Teachers Associations)

University of Melbourne FATE

July 2019

Consultation workshop led by the University of Melbourne team that have been commissioned by Commonwealth Dept of Education to develop a ‘Framework for Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness’. CEO

Meeting withThe Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

June 2019

Discussed discipline-specific professional learning, out-of-field
teaching, barriers to teacher access to professional learning, teacher autonomy in the idetificaton and choice of school-funded professional learning.
Resulted in the addition of Teacher Associaton references and links on the professional learning pages of the VIT website, and an invitaton to engage in regular discussions in future.

VCAA Meeting on Capabilites.

June 2019

MAV representatives were part of a workshop to explore the points of intersection between the Victorian Curriculum and the Capabilities, assist the VCAA to consider their way forward with the implementation of the Capabilities. MAV representatives