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VCOSS is governed by a Board of nine elected directors and up to three co-opted directors. All board members are non-executive directors and receive no remuneration for their services.

The Board guides and monitors the business and affairs of VCOSS on behalf of the members. The Board is elected from the membership at the annual general meeting and is accountable to members.

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

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

The Board elects the president and appoints the CEO to lead the operations of the organisation. As per the VCOSS Constitution, the CEO is also appointed as company secretary by the Board.

PDF document VCOSS Constitution

Current VCOSS Board members

Stella Avramopoulos

Year elected: 2011
Deputy President
Kim Sykes

Chief Executive Officer
Bendigo Community Health Service
Year elected: 2012
Simon Trivett

Partner, Audit & Assurance
Grant Thornton Australia
Year co-opted: 2013
David Brant
Disability and community advocate
Executive Director
The Victorian Universal Housing Alliance
Year elected: 2006
Captain Dr Jason Davies-Kildea
Manager, Social Programme and Policy Unit
The Salvation Army, Victoria
Year elected: 2014
Bridget Gardner
Chief Executive Officer
Neighbourhood Houses Victoria
Year elected: 2015
Professor David Hayward
Dean, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
RMIT University
Year co-opted: 2015
Lyn Morgain
Chief Executive Officer
Year elected: 2016
Caroline Mulcahy
National General Manager Transformation
Heart Foundation
Year elected: 2016
Tony Keenan
Executive Director
Hanover Welfare Services
Year elected: 2013
Tony Lang
Year co-opted: 1998
Vicki Sutton
Chief Executive Officer
Melbourne City Mission
Year elected: 2017


Board policies

In December 2011, the VCOSS Board of Directors endorsed a set of governance policies that incorporate the six principles of good governance and leadership as outlined in the Good Governance Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector (2nd ed, 2010), modified for Australia and VCOSS’ own circumstances.

PDF document 2011 Board Governance Policy

Strategic planVCOSS Strategic Plan 2015-18 online banner

VCOSS has launched its Strategic Plan 2015-18, setting out its future goals, priorities and direction as the peak body for the Victorian community sector. Developed through broad consultation with VCOSS members and key stakeholders, the plan identifies three strategic goals for VCOSS to work towards:

  • A fair and just Victorian community
  • A thriving community sector
  • A healthy organisation

Each goal is underpinned by strategic objectives aimed to guide VCOSS’ priorities, direction and everyday work, to help people overcome poverty and disadvantage and fulfil their potential.