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VCOSS is committed to achieving better outcomes for all Victorians, particularly those who are vulnerable, and sees that this will be achieved through reforming both how government and the community sector work to provide more effective services.
VCOSS believes that stronger collaboration is required across government and the sector to deliver services in more effective and innovative ways to best meet the needs of vulnerable Victorians.
Service Sector Reform Project
The Service Sector Reform Project aims to improve how government and the community sector work together to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians. The first part of the project, a review led by Professor Peter Shergold AC, made clear that change is required in the way that both government and the community sector work to provide more effective services that best meet the needs of Victorians. Professor Shergold’s final report was released by the Minister for Community Services, The Hon Mary Wooldridge, on 1 November 2013.
Professor Shergold noted in his final report that achieving real and lasting change will require strong
collaboration, partnership and governance between government and community sector organisations.
More information about the Service Sector Reform Project is available here
Establishment of Sector Reform Council
At the release of Professor Peter Shergold’s final report, the Minister for Community Services announced the establishment of the Community Sector Reform Council. Co-chaired by VCOSS President Micaela Cronin and Department of Premier and Cabinet Secretary Andrew Tongue, the Council membership includes senior community sector leaders and Secretaries across key portfolio areas.
The Council will advise the Victorian Government on the implementation of community and human services reform, drawing on the principles for reform outlined in Professor Shergold’s final Service Sector Reform report.
Minister Wooldridge noted that the Council will ensure reform is progressed with a coordinated whole-of-government focus and that it is an important step in embedding the partnership approach recommended by Professor Shergold.
The Council held its first meeting on 19 December 2013. Details of future meetings will be forthcoming. Further information regarding the Reform Council, including its membership and the communiqué from its first meeting, are available on the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s website.
VCOSS will be working both with the sector and with the Victorian Government to advance key reform priorities that seek to ensure that services effectively meet the needs of the Victorian community through a holistic and integrated system.
If you would like to discuss this project or want more information, contact VCOSS – T: 03 9235 1000 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org.