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|Department for Victorian Communities |
Department for Victorian Communities
Secretary’s Foreword 2
Highlights 2006–07 4
SECTION 1: AbOUT ThE DEPARTMENT FOR VICTORIAN COMMUNITIES 6
The department’s ministers 8
The department’s organisational structure 9
The department’s senior executive 10
Organisational values and priorities 13
SECTION 2: MEETINg ObjECTIVES 16
Objective 1: Communities that shape their future 18
Objective 2: Communities that encourage participation 22
Objective 3: Communities that embrace diversity 26
Objective 4: Communities that gain lasting benefits from major sporting events 30
Objective 5: Government that is easier to work with 34
SECTION 3: OUTPUT PERFORMANCE 40
Local Government Sector Development 42
Adult and Community Information 44
Community Information Services 46
Community Strengthening 48
Sport, Recreation Sector Development 50
Commonwealth Games 53
Employment Programs 54
Indigenous Community and Cultural Development 56
Youth Affairs 58
Multicultural Affairs 60
Women’s Policy 62
Seniors and Veterans 64
SECTION 4: FACTS AND FIgURES 66
Corporate Service Support 68
Workforce data 70
Executive Officers reconciliation data 72
Financial summary 2006–07and future outlook 73
Balance sheet 76
Cash flow statement 77
Notes to the Financial Statements 79
Disclosure index 158
DEPARTMENT FOR VICTORIAN COMMUNITIES ANNUAL REPORT / 1
The last year was significant for the Department for Victorian
Communities as a number of major departmental projects moved
from planning to delivery phase, and other important new
Underpinning these activities has been the department’s ongoing
work with different government agencies developing new
partnerships and initiatives to tackle important community issues.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Many of the department’s activities have had a strong focus on the
needs of particular places and groups of people. For example, 15
new Transport Connections projects were launched to help make
better use of existing local transport infrastructure by harnessing
the skills, resources and knowledge of local communities.
Eight new Community Renewal sites in areas of high socioeconomic
disadvantage were announced, bringing together
government, community organisations and local residents to set
local priorities and take action to help transform their communities
into places of opportunity and activity.
The department worked with the Bendigo Bank to establish the
Youth Foundations Victoria project to provide funding for three local
youth activities and give young people a voice in the decisions
about which initiatives were funded.
During the year, we also reinforced our presence outside the
metropolitan area. There are now over 100 staff working in our
Local Teams who are gaining respect and recognition for their
ability to broker local solutions and help local communities navigate
the maze of government.
We have also been active in supporting those communities
affected by drought. The department has provided extra assistance
for sport and recreation facilities in areas hardest hit by the drought
and new support for rural women, recognising their pivotal role in
The department has also continued to lead the development of
whole-of-government strategies in a number of important areas.
A major achievement for this year was the development of
A Fairer Victoria: Building on our Commitment. For the second
year, the department was the lead agency on this $3 billion policy
framework. We are now responsible for A Fairer Victoria initiatives
worth more than $310 million.
We continued to work with other agencies in the reform of family
violence services and introduced the first common risk assessment
framework. This tool will strengthen our capacity to plan and
deliver services that respond to family violence which is the main
contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged 15 to 44.
In May, the Victorian Parliament passed the Aboriginal Heritage
Regulations 2007. The department’s development of this legislation
means there is now a balanced framework ensuring Aboriginal
traditional owners have a role in protecting their cultural heritage,
without impeding appropriate economic, environmental and
The department made a major contribution to the delivery of the
FINA World Swimming Championships. Two thousand two hundred
competitors from 171 nations made the championships the
biggest in the 34-year history of the event attended by more than
As well as offering extensive funding for new local community
infrastructure through the Community Support Fund, the
department provided increased funding for Neighbourhood Houses
to help meet capital works and staffing costs.
In December 2006, after the state election, the department
assumed responsibility for new functions involving elements from
the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Multimedia Victoria and
the Adult Community and Further Education Board.
These new additions to the department offer the potential to
substantially improve the way services are provided across
government through new technology and to further develop the
reach and scope of community education services.
In August 2007, the new Premier of Victoria, John Brumby MP,
announced further machinery of government changes resulting
in the creation of the new Department of Planning and Community
The new department combines most of the responsibilities of
DVC with the divisions and authorities that currently report to the
Minister for Planning within the Department of Sustainability and
Environment, along with related urban development functions from
the Department of Infrastructure.
The Premier announced the major focus for the new department
is to improve the liveability of Victoria’s communities. He placed
particular emphasis on reducing delays in planning, managing
urban growth and improving housing affordability.
The Department of Planning and Community Development provides
a unique opportunity to meet this challenge.
In closing, I would like to acknowledge the commitment and
support we have received from all our Ministers over the past year.
I would also like to express my thanks to our staff whose work
makes a significant contribution to the wellbeing of Victorians.
LETTER OF TRANSMISSION
In accordance with the Financial Management Act 1994,
I am pleased to submit to you the Department for Victorian
Communities Annual Report for the year ending 30 June 2007.
DEPARTMENT FOR VICTORIAN COMMUNITIES ANNUAL REPORT / 3
· Transport Connections Program joins the department as part
of the Victorian Government’s $10.5 billion Transport and
· More than 150 young people and 30 representatives from
government and faith organisations attend the Multicultural
Multifaith Youth Forum.
· 26 Local Area Planning Support program grants worth
$3.08 million are distributed to 61 Victorian councils.
· A grant of $500,000 helps The Big Issue win the bid for
Melbourne to host the 2008 Homeless World Cup.
· The department’s Community Facility Funding program delivers
$2.5 million to Casey–Cardinia Shire to develop the LIFE Aquatic
and Recreation Centre in Pakenham, which includes swimming
pools, warm water therapy pool and a creche for patrons.
More than 200 women attend 2006 Premier’s Women’s Summit,
where a grant of $250,000 is announced to promote racial and
The 11 members of the Victorian Veterans Council, created to
advise the Premier on veterans’ issues, convene for the first time.
43 Women’s Community Leadership grants worth $155,200
help Victorian women develop their leadership skills.
The department convenes a workshop for 30 providers of the
No Interest Loans Scheme to expand their service delivery.
500 people attend Flexible Transport Solutions workshops
to explore opportunities to better use local transport
Two new skate parks in Toora and Welshpool open with the
assistance of grants totalling $42,000 from the Community
Facilities Funding program.
The new Office for Disability, with a staff of 16, officially moves
into 1 Spring Street.
· Participants record 4,125,870 steps (2,061kms or the distance
from Melbourne to Sydney and back) at the Victorian Seniors
Festival ‘go for your life’ YMCA Seniors Walk.
· 11 members are appointed to the Aboriginal Heritage Council.
· The department supports more than 400 people participate in the
Melbourne Walk21 2006 Conference, the seventh international
conference on walking and liveable communities.
Disability Awareness Training pilot program is delivered to 14
staff who provided feedback to help refine the training program.
Machinery-of-government changes to the department are
announced following the state election.
Women living in rural communities affected by drought receive
a $675,000 grant from the Community Support Fund.
The department joins other government agencies supporting
a free community event in Federation Square to celebrate the
International Day of People with a Disability.
Mordialloc manufacturing company, Form 2000 Sheet Metal,
assisted by the department and VECCI, receives the Grey Matters
Employer Award at the 2006 Diversity@work Awards.
The Office for Youth’s Advance program and the Country Fire
Authority win a National Award at the 2006 Australian Safer
Communities Awards in recognition of their partnership in
teaching young people about fire safety.
31 country football and netball clubs receive grants worth
$1.13 million from the Commonwealth games surplus to
make playing surfaces drought resistant.
13 neighbourhood houses affected by bushfire in Victoria’s
north-east and Gippsland each receive grant for emergency
relief and recovery activities through the Neighbourhood House
32 new Universities of the Third Age (U3As) in areas of high
population growth and disadvantage receive $1.2 million in
funding through the department.
35 women attend the first ‘Aboriginal Women Yarnin’ Up Forum’
on safety, health and community wellbeing held in Halls Gap.
More than 150 young people from Indigenous
communities compete in the Victorian Indigenous Surf
Titles at Fairhaven beach.
30 women are entered on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women
2007 for their outstanding achievements.
2200 athletes from 171 nations set 14 world records in front
of 219,317 spectators at the 12th FINA World Swimming
More than 40,000 Victorians participate in the fifth annual
Celebrate Our Cultural Diversity Week.
15 Primary Care Partnership projects are funded under the
Victorian Seniors ‘Go for your life’ program, taking the total to
44 projects worth $1.6 million in seniors’ wellbeing.
An extra $350,000 is provided to The Big Issue to support an
increased number of teams competing in the 2008 Homeless
World Cup as well as expanding the Street Socceroos program
into other areas.
100 people attend information session about
Workforce Participation Partnerships (WPP) hosted by
70 local councils share in a $4.7 million grants package to
help drought-proof sports facilities.
28,000 young Victorians from diverse backgrounds and interests
celebrate National Youth Week.
Veterans and war widows enjoy free travel on the Victorian public
transport network during the Anzac Day period.
The third instalment of A Fairer Victoria: Building on our
Commitment invests $1.4 billion in strategies to create
opportunities and remove barriers to participation for Victoria’s
most vulnerable families.
The government proclaims Protecting Victoria’s Indigenous
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