The Closing the Gap report shows, as in previous years, that there have been mixed levels of success in meeting the targets set by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008.

More than 150 people attended a night of celebration at the 2016 Geelong Awards for People with a Disability, which recognised the fantastic contributions of people with a disability.

Nominations are open for young people aged between 12 and 25 years who reside in the City of Greater Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards

The Victorian Disability Awards recognise people and organisations who make outstanding contributions to empowering people with a disability and creating an inclusive community.

Premier’s Active April is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians to join in the fun of increased physical activity.

Online Consultation - First Round

What Do You Think?

The following are proposals for reform of the NDIS. There are twelve (12) proposals on which comments are invited. We want to know what you think.

The National Refiorm Series aims to receive comments on the following proposals so that refined proposals can be presented to the National Conference on Reforming NDIS on 21 March 2016.

The Heatwaves and Sustainability Project provides free, independent and expert advice to assist residents of City of Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast Shire better prepare for and cope with summer heatwaves, while also saving money, energy and water around the home.

Advice can be provided with a free in-home visit, over the phone consultation or through local community workshops.

The Heatwaves and Sustainability Project assists residents to:

Victorian council rate rises will be capped to the rate of inflation,  2.5%, for 2016/17.

The VicHealth Mental Wellbeing Strategy 2015–2019 builds on our extensive experience in promoting mental wellbeing and introduces a new focus to VicHealth's work: building resilience.

Two Iraqi refugee families have arrived in Victoria following the Federal Government’s commitment to accept an extra 12,000 refugees displaced by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The Council at Golden Plains Shire (GPS) is planning to improve their community consultation and engagement practices after receiving feedback that improvement is needed.

The Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley recently launched Victoria’s 10 Year Mental Health Plan.

An ambitious initiative that is tackling disadvantage in the G21 region celebrated a key milestone, bringing together philanthropic, business, government and community organisations to sign a Compact recognising that ‘addressing disadvantage is everybody’s business’.

Five women with a disability from the Surf Coast Shire have continued to develop a community awareness campaign to encourage others to reTHINK disABILITY,  following their participation in last year’s successful Enabling Women program. This Program focused on building participants’ self-understanding and skills in networking, communication, advocacy and understanding principles of human rights.

The G21 region's Bill Mithen has been celebrated in the 2015 Regional Achievement and Community Award.

The MAV has attended a senior level Victorian Government meeting regarding the intake of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. 

Barwon Health is working toward creating a culture of inclusive practice, with the introduction of a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (GLBTIQ) committee.

Bellarine Community Health (BCH) has welcomed the findings of an independent report released last week that revealed the organisation had “met all relevant standards”.

Bannockburn and Colac will get new men’s sheds as part of the latest round of State Government grants. Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos announced the grant winners at the opening of the Melbourne Men’s Shed at Federation Square.

Otway Health have recently welcomed their new CEO. Debra Cerasa, who started in the role in August of this year, and is now living in Apollo Bay, has a wealth of experience from a national and international career in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.