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Our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2019-2023

19 December 2019

We launched our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan on International Day for People with Disability. The plan is an accumulation of efforts through consultation with our advisory groups and our dedicated staff.

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Our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2019-2023

Communities consulted on Multicultural Inclusion Plan

19 December 2019

Our CALD Community Officer, Asvin Phorugngam, is developing our Multicultural Inclusion Plan. He met with Carringbush Adult Education to ask how we can better meet the needs of Victorian communities.

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Communities consulted on Multicultural Inclusion Plan

Partnerships and Self-Determination: A must for Aboriginal Engagement

19 December 2019

We have completed 80% of the actions in our Reconciliation Action Plan thanks in part to our strengthened partnerships with Aboriginal organisations and businesses. Now the VEC looks to self-determination, as Aboriginal affairs progress in the state of Victoria.

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Partnerships and Self-Determination: A must for Aboriginal Engagement

What is a representation review and why should you care?

21 October 2019

In a Representation Review we review the structure of councils. This means we look at whether the number of councillors needs to increase or decrease. We also look at whether councillors should be elected ‘at large’ by the whole council area or divided into smaller areas called wards.

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What is a representation review and why should you care?

Snapshot: Representation Reviews in numbers

21 October 2019

Ten months, 24 local councils, 48 reports, thousands of kilometres travelled, and thousands of public submissions received. Have a look at the numbers behind what we’ve been doing so far this year to bring democracy to local communities.

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Snapshot: Representation Reviews in numbers

Our Geospatial team take on rep reviews

21 October 2019

Our Geospatial Team explores and understands the physical geography of a council, its locations and make-up of voters. We use this to build on the information needed to make recommendations about future council structures.

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Our Geospatial team take on rep reviews

Beyond the right to vote: homelessness and voting

21 October 2019

Anna Kopec is a PhD student from the University of Toronto in Canada. She is currently doing field research in Melbourne about political engagement and civic participation of people experiencing homelessness. We invited Anna to provide a summary of her research for Be Heard.

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Beyond the right to vote: homelessness and voting

VEC to sponsor 2020 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament

17 October 2019

We are excited to announce the Victorian Electoral Commission will once again support the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament program in 2020, extending our six-year relationship with the program.

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Communities United YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament team and VEC Commissioner Warwick Gately AM. Photo by YMCA Youth Press Gallery.

Aboriginal community outreach wrap

17 October 2019

Over the last few months, some of the events we have attended include the Richmond Football Club’s Korin Gamadji Institute, Djirra’s Sisters Day Out and Reconciliation Victoria’s Tour on Wadawurrung Country.

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Victorian Reconciliation Action Groups met for a tour of Wadawurrung Country, led by a Wadawurrung Traditional Owner. The weekend began with a smoking ceremony to welcome the group to Country.

150 hours with our Education and Inclusion intern

17 October 2019

At the end of August, LaTrobe University undergraduate Sinem Sahin joined the Education and Inclusion team for a 150-hour professional internship that will run until early November.

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Photo of VEC professional intern Sinem Sahin

Young people as future voters

17 September 2019

Teenagers are often presented as apathetic and uninterested about anything remotely political. It’s an odd stereotype, certainly, considering the historical and current examples of activism and engagement we see being led by teens. However, it is a stereotype which is sadly supported by voting statistics.

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Talking youth

Evolution of Democracy in Victoria

15 September 2019

Democracy means ‘government by the people’. But just who are the ‘people’ who are entitled to be involved in government? This term has become more inclusive over Victoria’s 168 years.

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Ceramic figures of suffragettes