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.


Stella Avramopoulos
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
Elected 2011
Sheena Watt
AFL SportsReady
Co-opted 2019
David Brant
Disability and Community Advocate
Elected 2006
Vicki Sutton
Melbourne City Mission
Elected 2017
Simon Trivett
Grant Thornton Australia
Co-opted 2013
Paul Linossier
Uniting Vic.Tas
Elected 2018
Kim Sykes
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch)
Elected 2012
Damian Ferrie
Star Health
Elected 2018
Sue Woodward
Justice Connect
Elected 2018

Picture of VCOSS board members at 2018 AGM

Top row: David Brant, Simon Trivett, Paul Linossier
Middle row: Vicki Sutton, Emma King (CEO), Stella Avramopoulos, Sue Woodward
Bottom row: Dr Jason Davies-Kildea (Capt. – Elected 2014, Resigned 2019), Kim Sykes, Damian Ferrie
Not pictured: Sheena Watt

Strategic documents

   VCOSS Strategic Plan 2021 – 2024

   VCOSS Reconciliation Action Plan (read more)

   VCOSS Constitution (PDF)

   VCOSS Constitution (Doc)


Annual reporting

2019-20 VCOSS Annual Report

The 2019-20 VCOSS Annual Report is now available

Annual Report 2019-20 

Financial Report 2019-20


Annual Report 2018-19

Financial Report 2018-19


 Annual Report 2017-18

 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.

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