2018 VCOSS ‘Good Life’ Summit

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.




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.




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

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.


Dylan Alcott OAM, is one of Australia’s most successful and well recognised Paralympians.

Dylan Alcott

At the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Dylan became one of only a few athletes to win two gold medals in two different sports across two different Olympic or Paralympic Games.

At the age of 17, Dylan became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and after gold at the 2010 World Championships, and silver at the London 2012 games, decided to switch sports to wheelchair tennis. In addition to his incredible successes at the Rio Olympics, Dylan has also won 4 grand slam singles titles to date, including the last 4 Australian Open titles.

In 2017, Dylan launched the Dylan Alcott Foundation, a foundation created to help young Australians who are struggling to come to terms with their disabilities.

Dylan Alcott will address the VCOSS Summit on the importance of diverse and inclusive leadership.








Arrival and registration



VCOSS Welcome, Welcome to Country, Launch of VCOSS State Election Platform



Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP




Opening Keynote

Tamika D. Mallory, USA civil rights activist

Morning tea break



Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Matthew Guy MP




Stronger Together

Learn how working together on a basis of shared values can help your cause ‘break free from the reeds’ and rise above noisy
public debates to achieve significant change.
With Rob Hulls, Keran Howe, Ian Hamm, Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine. Facilitated by Liana Buchanan.






Leader of the Victorian Greens, Dr Samantha Ratnam MLC




Leadership: Are we looking in the right direction?

This panel dissects the shifting nature of leadership and the role of citizens to shape their own prosperous and inclusive society.
With Nayuka Gorrie, Deborah Glass OAM, Luke Hilakari, Fiona Patten, and facilitated by Kristy Muir.


Afternoon tea break





The Art of Persuasion

How to build an effective campaign combining emotion, strategy and execution to shift the public’s understanding of your issue and lead to action.
With presentation by Sally Rugg, Jane Martin and Tony Milne. Facilitated by Phil Reed.





Closing Keynote

Dylan Alcott OAM




Official close

Followed by networking and light refreshments in the foyer until 6.00PM


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.

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The VCOSS Summit is proudly supported by:






Arts Centre

100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Time & Date

June 13 @ 8:30 am - June 13 @ 6:00 pm

Additional Info

The cost of this event is: $250 - $450

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