VCOSS is the peak body for Victoria’s social and community sector, and the state’s premier social advocacy body.

We work towards a Victoria free from poverty and disadvantage, where all people and communities are supported to thrive. We champion wellbeing and inclusive growth.

We achieve our goals through policy development, public and private advocacy, supporting and increasing the capabilities of the state’s social service bodies, forging strong coalitions for change, and communicating the true causes and effects of disadvantage.

VCOSS’s strength comes from its members and the people they serve. Our members include frontline service groups, peak bodies, advocacy organisations and individuals passionate about a fair, sustainable and inclusive Victoria.

We listen to members and amplify their experiences and insights. We respect the unique perspectives of people who experience poverty or inequality, and seek to strengthen and elevate their voices.

VCOSS is independent and impartial.

We are not affiliated with any political party.



Emma King was appointed VCOSS CEO in 2013.

Previously, she was CEO of the Early Learning Association Australia (formerly Kindergarten Parents Victoria), the peak organisation representing parents and providers of early learning services in Victoria.

Emma also has an extensive background in the public sector and in workforce and education issues, having worked as a Victorian policy adviser, a teacher, and in a range of industrial and training roles at the Victorian Independent Education Union and the Finance Sector Union.

Emma’s qualifications include a Masters in Industrial and Employee Relations, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts.

Emma represents VCOSS on a range of ministerial advisory groups and committees, serves on numerous boards and is a regular commentator on social affairs.

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VCOSS is a company limited by guarantee and governed by a Board of directors.

Board members are elected by VCOSS members and not paid for their services.

Under the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth), VCOSS reports annually to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

The elected office bearers of VCOSS are registered with the ACNC and are bound by the requirements of the ACNC and corporation law.

Damian Ferrie
Star Health
Chris Christoforou
Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
Sue Woodward
Justice Connect
Deputy President
Vicki Sutton
Melbourne City Mission
Simon Trivett
Grant Thornton Australia
Stefan Gruenert
Odyssey House
Sue White
Queen Elizabeth Centre
Jill Gallagher
Lizzy Kuoth
Community activist

Strategic documents

   VCOSS Strategic Plan 2021 – 2024

   VCOSS Reconciliation Action Plan (read more)

   VCOSS Constitution (PDF)

   VCOSS Constitution (Doc)


Annual reporting

Annual Report 2020-21

Financial Report 2020-21


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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