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Department for Victorian Communities

ANNUAL REPORT

Department for Victorian Communities

ANNUAL REPORT


CONTENTS


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

Disability 63

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

Appendixes 134

Contacts 155

Disclosure index 158


DEPARTMENT FOR VICTORIAN COMMUNITIES ANNUAL REPORT / 1


SECRETARY’S FOREWORD


INTRODUCTION


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

initiatives commenced.


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

their communities.


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

social investments.


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

200,000 spectators.


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.


GOING FORWARD


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

Development.


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


Dear Ministers,

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.


Yours sincerely


Yehudi Blacher

Secretary


DEPARTMENT FOR VICTORIAN COMMUNITIES ANNUAL REPORT / 3


HIGHLIGHTS 2006–07


JULY


· Transport Connections Program joins the department as part

of the Victorian Government’s $10.5 billion Transport and

Liveability statement.

· 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.


AUGUST


·

More than 200 women attend 2006 Premier’s Women’s Summit,

where a grant of $250,000 is announced to promote racial and

religious harmony.


·

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.


SEPTEMBER


·

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

infrastructure.


·

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.


OCTOBER


· 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.


NOVEMBER


·

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.


DECEMBER


·

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.


JANUARY


·

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

Coordination Program.


FEBRUARY


·

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.


MARCH


·

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

Championships.


·

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.


APRIL


·

100 people attend information session about

Workforce Participation Partnerships (WPP) hosted by

Employment Programs.


·

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.


MAY


·

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

Cultural Heritage Act 2006 and Regulations drafted by Aboriginal

Affairs Victoria.

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