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2018 VCOSS Summit

2018 VCOSS Summit

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Delivering a good life for all Victorians, regardless of their background or individual circumstances, must be on the agenda for the 2018 State Election, and beyond.

Held ‘under the spire’ at the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne, the VCOSS Summit will bring together leaders, strategic thinkers and workers in the community sector, government, business, and the media to explore a vision for a new Victoria – where everyone can live a good life defined by a decent living wage, a place to call home, equal opportunity, security, wellbeing and a sense of belonging.

The VCOSS Summit is proudly supported by Family Safety Victoria, along with our other generous sponsors.

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Political, international, interstate and local speakers will present and debate key policy issues for the community sector including family violence, youth justice, and health; how to operate from a base of shared-values; the art of persuasion, and the leadership we need for the future.


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Tamika D. Mallory is a celebrated US social justice leader, advocate, activist and mother.

A New York City native, this fiery, outspoken organiser has remained a consistent fixture in the civil rights movement for nearly 20 years.

In 2017, Tamika gained global recognition as a co-organiser of the Women’s March on Washington. With more than five million people taking to the streets worldwide, her role in the march landed Tamika on the 2017 Time 100 Most Influential People list and Fortune’s 2017 list of the World’s Greatest Leaders

Tamika’s focus on civil and human rights issues includes extensive work around equal rights for women, economic empowerment, gun violence, criminal justice reform and police accountability. 

Tamika will address the Summit on the power of community, social activism and inclusive policy-making, and how to keep motivated in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.


premier of victoria, leader of the opposition, leader of the victorian greens and international keynote speaker announcement coming soon



 liana buchanan, rob hulls, deborah glass and sally rugg

keran howe, tony milne, ian hamm and tessa boyd-caine




Bursary program – supported places

VCOSS is pleased to provide supported places to ensure people are able to attend and participate fully in the 2018 Summit.

Bursary applications closed at 5pm, Monday 9 April.

Successful applicants will be notified by email or telephone by 5pm, Friday 4 May 2018.

If there are still bursary funds available after these arrangements have been made, VCOSS will make a second round of offers.

All other applicants will receive communication of the outcome of their application by email or telephone by 5.00pm Friday 11 May 2018.

If sponsorship allows, VCOSS will reopen the bursary applications.


Sponsorship opportunities

This event will connect you with a broad audience involved in social policy and the delivery of diverse community services across Victoria.

Sponsoring the 2018 VCOSS Summit will provide the opportunity to:

  • Promote your organisation to hundreds of delegates including senior executives, politicians, policy and advocacy professionals, researchers, practitioners, and senior public servants
  • Reach a statewide audience through traditional and social media coverage of the event
  • Support the work of the community sector
  • Be a part of setting the agenda on social policy and service delivery in Victoria.

Sponsorship is available across a range of categories, starting from just $880 + GST for a trade stall (numbers limited).

Sponsors can also support the bursary program and provide financial assistance to ensure more people from diverse backgrounds and with lived experience, have the opportunity to attend this event and be part of the conversation.





Host a trade stall space

16 April Update: Trade stall spaces are currently booked out. Please send us an email to express interest in hosting a stall, should space become available.

Hosting a trade stall will place you directly in front of executives and workers from across a wide range of Victorian community services organisations. It’s the perfect way to promote your services, increase your profile and grow your network.

Trade stalls are $880 + gst for non-profit organisations, and $1300 + gst for government/corporate.

For more information, download the booking form below.








The VCOSS Summit is proudly supported by:

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Exclusive Good Life Sponsor and Opportunity Sponsor – visit website



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Opportunity Sponsor – visit website



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Sector Engagement Sponsor – visit website




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Sector Engagement Sponsor – visit website





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