VCOSS is the peak body for Victoria’s social and community sector, and the state’s premier social advocacy body.

We work towards a Victoria free from poverty and disadvantage, where all people and communities are supported to thrive. We champion wellbeing and inclusive growth.

We achieve our goals through policy development, public and private advocacy, supporting and increasing the capabilities of the state’s social service bodies, forging strong coalitions for change, and communicating the true causes and effects of disadvantage.

VCOSS’s strength comes from its members and the people they serve. Our members include frontline service groups, peak bodies, advocacy organisations and individuals passionate about a fair, sustainable and inclusive Victoria.

We listen to members and amplify their experiences and insights. We respect the unique perspectives of people who experience poverty or inequality, and seek to strengthen and elevate their voices.

VCOSS is independent and impartial.

We are not affiliated with any political party.


Emma King was appointed VCOSS CEO in 2013.

Emma also has an extensive background in the public sector and in workforce and education issues, having worked as a Victorian policy adviser, a teacher, and in a range of industrial and training roles at the Victorian Independent Education Union and the Finance Sector Union.

Previously, she was CEO of the Early Learning Association Australia (formerly Kindergarten Parents Victoria), the peak organisation representing parents and providers of early learning services in Victoria.

Emma’s qualifications include a Masters in Industrial and Employee Relations, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts.

Emma represents VCOSS on a range of ministerial advisory groups and committees, serves on numerous boards and is a regular commentator on social affairs.

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VCOSS is a company limited by guarantee and governed by a Board of directors.

Board members are elected by VCOSS members and not paid for their services.

Under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth), VCOSS reports annually to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

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

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Annual reporting

For earlier annual or financial reports, please send us an email.


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