Helping communities to thrive.

VCOSS works with communities and partners to build resilience, promote inclusive growth and foster a strong social services sector.

In addition to our policy development work, this is achieved through discrete projects undertaken in partnership with governments and like-minded organisations.

Underpinning this work is a commitment to wellbeing approaches.

The projects listed on this page are managed by VCOSS’ Thriving Communities and Policy teams.

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Wellbeing approaches

Embracing wellbeing means looking beyond conventional economic metrics like GDP.

It’s about measuring what matters, and doing what’s needed.

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Listening Tour

See the results of our sixth month tour held across 2022.

We listened to communities’ true experiences of the COVID pandemic, and the action they want for a better future.

Little boy (nineteen month old) is learning about how to water and take care of the veggie garden. He is spraying water on the plants

Climate equity

Research and community outreach to ensure policymakers put fairness at the heart of Victoria’s climate response.

Multicultural Resilience

Working to strengthen existing relationships between multicultural communities and emergency services.

Renters’ Rights

Learn all about Victoria’s new rental rules.

Firefighters work to contain a bushfire.

Bushfire Recovery

Engaging with communities affected by Victoria’s devastating 2019-20 bushfires, to build capacity, help shape recovery efforts and inform future planning.

Food Stress Index

Coming soon.

Community Services Industry Plan

The 10-Year Community Services Industry Plan presents a unified vision for the Victorian community services industry and the actions required to achieve this vision.

Human Services and Health Partnership Implementation Committee

The Human Services and Health Partnership Implementation Committee (HSHPIC) was established in 2004 to guide and implement the commitments of the 2002 Human Services and Health Partnership Agreement.

Service Agreement for Community Service Organisations

VCOSS plays a critical role in negotiating the terms of the standard Funding and Service agreement, on which most fudning agreements between the Victorian Government and communtiy sector organisations are based.

Strengthening Sector Resilience

VCOSS is working wth organisations providing disability information and advocacy services to build their capacity for the transition to the NDIS ILC (and other funding sources).

Key contacts

  • Libby Buckingham
    Director, Thiriving Communities
    Email Libby
  • Deborah Fewster
    Director, Policy and Advocacy
    Email Deb

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