VCOSS creates a better, fairer and more just Victoria.

As the peak body for the state’s social and community sector, VCOSS works towards the elimination of poverty and disadvantage in all its forms, and the creation of a society where all people are supported to thrive.

We do this through policy development, public and private advocacy and increasing the capabilities of the state’s social service bodies.

We also give people experiencing poverty a voice in policy formulation and public debates, fostering a greater understanding of the true causes and effects of disadvantage.

Our members include charities, peak bodies, frontline service groups, advocacy organisations and individuals passionate about the development of a sustainable, fair and equitable society.



VCOSS is governed by a Board of nine elected directors and up to three co-opted directors. Board members are elected by VCOSS members and not paid for their services.

VCOSS is a company limited by guarantee. Under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth), VCOSS reports annually to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

The elected office bearers of VCOSS are registered with the ACNC and are bound by the requirements of the ACNC and corporation law.

From left: David Brant, Simon Trivett, Emma King, Jason Davies-Kildea, Stella Avramopoulos, Tony Keenan, Caroline Mulcahy, Bridget Gardner, Kim Sykes, Tony Lang, David Hayward. Not pictured: Lyn Morgain.


Strategic documents

   VCOSS Strategic Plan 2015-18

   VCOSS Reconciliation Action Plan (read more)

   VCOSS Constitution (2013)

   VCOSS Board Governance Policy (2011)


Annual reporting

 Financial Report 2017-18


   Annual Report 2016-17

   Financial Report 2016-17


   Annual Report 2015-16

   Financial Report 2015-16


   Annual Report 2014-15

   Financial Report 2014-15


For earlier annual or financial reports, please call 03 9235 1000 or send an email



Our partners

VCOSS believes in the power of collaboration and community.

We proudly work with governments, universities, NGOs, businesses, unions, service providers and other peak bodies to achieve the greatest impact, while maintaining our independence.

Want to work together? Drop us a line.

Currently we’re working with;