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Our work

Homes Victoria

One Red Step has worked with Homes Victoria from the very beginning of its establishment and transition from the Director of Housing and we’re so happy to have been part of the journey including contributing to the Big Housing Build, the Gender Equity Plan and its Social Procurement Approach.


After working with one of their executives previously, One Red Step worked with Foodbank to develop its five year strategic plan, positioning it to build on a successful and pivotal year in 2020 through the COVID-19 pandemic. The new strategic plan builds on this position of strength, to expand its operations to deliver more healthy food to Victorians in need.

Victorian Council of Social Services

This client approached us to lead community consultation to hear from more diverse voices on their experiences of COVID-19. We listened to community to understand not only their challenges during 2020, but also their hopes for the future. This valuable collaboration provided insights to government on how to drive a truly inclusive economic and social recovery.


One Red Step was lucky to work with an ambitious client like PwC who is keen to rethink traditional compliance-based workplace sexual harassment training and do something innovative that makes a difference to everyone's safety. One Red Step researched and developed innovative and leading edge workplace training that has equality and empowerment at its centre to drive real conversations and real behaviour change.

City of Melbourne

One Red Step worked with the City of Melbourne to develop the baseline for the City's new Inclusive Melbourne Strategy. The Inclusive Melbourne Strategy aims to drive inclusion within the organisation, in its places, programs and spaces, in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the participatory process of community engagement in placemaking. 

People with Disability Australia

One Red Step worked with People with Disability Australia on the Engage-In project. Building on the content developed by people with lived experience of psychosocial disability, One Red Step developed training for disability advocates and disability organisations on how to work with people with lived experience. The training incorporated new practice guidelines developed by the Engage-In project and embedded critical reflection on power, positionality, safety and trauma. 

Homes Victoria

One Red Step has worked with Homes Victoria from the very beginning of its establishment and transition from the Director of Housing and we’re so happy to have been part of the journey including contributing to the Big Housing Build, the Gender Equity Plan and its Social Procurement Approach.

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We work with clients to address social inequality

We work with government, community organisations and private sector companies to address social inequalities. This means we work on issues such as:

  • Poverty and economic disadvantage

  • Racial marginalisation

  • Gender inequality and violence against women

  • Social and affordable housing

With over 17 years' experience working in public policy both in government, community and private sectors, we bring significant expertience and deep expertise in:

  • Public policy and strategy development

  • Social policy program design

  • Intersectional feminism and anti-racism

  • Trauma-informed consultation and co-design particularly with marginalised communities

  • Core management consulting methodologies including Agile project management, hypothesis-based problem solving and target operating model design

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Disability advocacy and intake

We worked with the Victorian Disability Advocacy Resource Unit to understand the challenges of current models of access and intake in disability advocacy. We reviewed models of access and intake in other service systems to make recommendations to improve access and equity for people seeking disability advocacy. 

Lessons learned from Working for Victoria

We consulted with community sector employers to understand the lessons learned from Working for Victoria, a unique job creation fund established at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We listened and identified lessons learned to inform future job creation policies, platforms and processes to support diverse people into work. 

Workplace bullying and sexual harassment training

We worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers to develop and deliver workplace bullying and sexual harassment training to Australian Members of Parliament, Senators and their staff.  

Preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

We developed ambitious training aimed at preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. We worked collaboratively with staff, learning developers and a creative agency to develop training aimed at creating genuine culture change for a safer, equal and more respectful workplace. The training is part of a longer-term journey to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace. 


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All projects

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

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.


Supporting women in politics

We worked with the Pathways to Politics Program in Melbourne, designing and facilitating two workshops with the 2023 participants. The workshops were designed to establish a container of safety and respect, enable and foster connection, reflect on lived experience and set the foundation for their successful participation in the program.

Gender equity

Gender lens on philanthropic partnerships

We worked in partnership with Australians Investing in Women and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute to develop a framework for applying a gender lens to philanthropic partnerships. The framework was informed by research into philanthropic investment into women's housing and the establishment of an Expert Reference Group with experts from housing, women's, impact investing and philanthropic sectors. You can access the report here

Gender equity, Housing

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. You can access the report here

Multicultural communities, Disadvantage, Inclusion, Housing, Employment, Disability

Primary prevention of violence against women strategy

We worked closely with the Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre to design their first Primary Prevention Strategy. We listened to staff and prevention stakeholders in Barwon, Wimmera and South West to develop an ambitious strategy leveraging the SAFV Centre's unique strengths.

Violence against women, Gender equity, Intersectionality

Supporting women-owned

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

Workplace sexual harassment
prevention e-learn

We designed a bold and challenging workplace sexual harassment prevention program informed by leading practice, literature, focus groups by staff and interviews with Subject Matter Experts. We developed and launched two e-learn modules to change workplace culture and ultimately, the lived experience of safety and respect of employees.

Gender equity, Violence against women

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. You can access the report here

Multicultural communities, Intersectionality, Disadvantage, Disability, Inclusion

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.


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.


Working with people with psychosocial disability

We developed training for advocates and colleagues working with people with psychosocial disability using a human rights and trauma-informed approach. The training was intended to improve understanding of the lived experience of psychosocial disability and make a practical and positive impact on their experience of working.


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.

Employment, Disadvantage

Firm level analysis of the gender pay gap

We are working to understand what's working and not working to reduce the gender pay gap in small and large firms. We are working in partnership with Dr Angela Jackson at Impact Economics and Policy, Dr Leonora Risse at the University of Canberra and Dr Swee-Hoon Chuah at the University of Tasmania to deliver this important projet.

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