Representing  those experiencing homelessness or incarceration

A voter casts their vote at Sacred Heart Mission homelessness service in MelbourneWe are currently developing the VEC’s first Out of Home Inclusion Plan 2021-2023. This is the first of its kind for electoral engagement of people experiencing homelessness and people in prison.

During 2020, coronavirus (COVID-19) had a large impact on the way we work and prevented us from speaking directly with people experiencing homelessness or who are in prison.

Despite these barriers, we managed to complete consultations with stakeholders across both these sectors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individuals who contributed their support, knowledge and insight, including representatives from:

  • Salvation Army Crisis Centre
  • Star Health
  • Medically Supervised Injecting Rooms – North Richmond Community Health
  • Mental Health Legal Service – Inside Access
  • Corrections Victoria
  • Department of Justice
  • Diversitat – Financial Counselling Service for maximum security prisons
  • Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

The plan and its success relies on this input to formulate relevant, meaningful and achievable objectives.

Our next step is to consult with VEC employees from across the organisation. This is an opportunity to speak to VEC staff whose work intersects with people experiencing homelessness or who are in prison. We are excited to brainstorm future ideas with our VEC co-workers and look forward to publicly launching the plan later this year. For any further information or input into the plan please contact Tanya Burne