Policy and strategy
We work with governments, businesses and not-for-profit organisations to advise on social policy areas including gender equity, multicultural inclusion, housing, disability, violence against women and inclusive employment. We lead engagement with communities, consulting on policy or program change, or preferably co-designing change with community. Community knows what it needs. We just need to take the time to listen.
Voices of Victoria Listening Tour 2
We were fortunate enough to work with VCOSS on a second listening tour around Victoria. We listened to over 300 Victorians to understand their lived experience and what a good life means to them.
Multicultural communities, Disadvantage, Inclusion, Housing, Employment, Disability
Intersectional approach to inclusion
We reviewed literature on intersectional leading practice and listened to people with lived experience to provide advice to the City of Melbourne on the best way to apply an intersectional approach to inclusion within the City.
Multicultural community emergency resilience
We worked with four multicultural community organisations in flood-affected areas to build their capacity in co-design. Using culturally sensitive co-design tools and practices, we supported community organisations to develop resources to build their community's resilience to emergencies. We developed policy insights and recommendations to advocate for change to government.
Multicultural communities, Intersectionality
Voices of Victoria
Listening Tour 1
We conducted listening sessions with over 200 community members around Victoria listening to their experiences of the COVID pandemic, their challenges and their hopes for the future. We listened to parents and carers, people with a disability and First Nations people to understand their experiences and desired action from government.
Multicultural communities, Intersectionality, Disadvantage, Disability, Inclusion
We listened to women and gender diverse local business owners in hospitality and retail to understand their unique experiences and identify barriers and enablers for business success. Their stories and experiences are in a report advocating to government and other businesses about how we can address gender inequality, and support success of women business owners.
Gender equity, Intersectionality
Evaluation of Gender Responsive
We reviewed the first two years' implementation of Gender Responsive Budgeting in Victoria. We made clear, actionable recommendations for the future implementation to communicate the benefits of Gender Responsive Budgeting across government and how to better apply a gender and intersectional lens to the budgeting process.
Gender equity, Intersectionality
Disability advocacy intake models of equity and access
We assessed the Victorian system for disability advocacy intake, identifying areas to improve access and equity. We looked at lessons from reforms to models of intake in social services (homelessness, family violence and family services) and made practical recommendations to improve access and equity.
Inclusive Melbourne Strategy baseline data assessment
We worked with the City of Melbourne to establish the data baseline for its Inclusive Melbourne Strategy. The data established the foundation from which to measure the impact of the Strategy and guide its implementation.
Lessons learned from Working for Victoria
We facilitated a series of workshops with community services organisations that participated in the Working for Victoria funding program in 2020. We consolidated lessons learned from community service providers about what had worked and recommended policy directions for the future, focusing on job creation and experiences of diverse workers.