In 2019–20, the VEC adapted several of its community education programs to different formats for people traditionally under-represented in the voting process. When coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions prevented face-to-face outreach from March 2020, several online initiatives were developed.
The VEC also developed a Diversity and Inclusion Framework to articulate its commitment to best practice in diversity and inclusion. Additional highlights in the education and outreach space included:
- the official launch of the VEC Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2019–23
- the appointment of an Out-of-Home Community Specialist to work with people without safe housing and prisoner populations and develop a VEC Out-of-Home Inclusion Plan
- consultations with culturally diverse stakeholders to inform the development of the VEC’s first Multicultural Inclusion Plan 2020–23 (to be launched in late 2020)
- commencement of work on the VEC’s first Young People’s Inclusion Plan 2020–23, which aims to increase the electoral participation of young people
- continued sponsorship of the Korin Gamadji Institute Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership program, providing electoral education to young Aboriginal people
- a new partnership with Reconciliation Victoria to produce videos about the 2020 local council elections by respected Aboriginal community members and elders
- adaptation of the Be Heard Democracy Ambassador Program, which employs community members to deliver voter education and electoral enrolment sessions to:
- people with disabilities
- people experiencing homelessness
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- culturally diverse communities
- continued development of the Passport to Democracy program for schools and young people, with 315 schools and 19,442 students reached in 2019–20, both online and in-person
- continued community engagement through the Talking Democracy online resource, which had 816 visits to the landing page and 243 downloads of material in 2019–20.