Last updated: 03 Oct, 2022

VicHealth is inviting councils to join the 2022 fast-track intake of our Local Government Partnership.

What you'll find on this page

What's on offer?

Through the VicHealth Local Government Partnership, we’re supporting councils to create positive change in their communities.

Councils are now invited to submit an Expression of Interest for the next intake of our partnership. Partnering councils will be committed to providing meaningful opportunities for children and young people to be part of shaping their community’s health and wellbeing.

And here’s what you'll get in return...access to our Implementation Support Package including:

  • Dedicated funding opportunities, only available to councils who are part of the VicHealth Local Government Partnership – to start putting the modules into practice
  • Access to the Communities of Practice – a chance to collaborate and share knowledge across Victorian councils
  • Capability and capacity building including data and monitoring support, and health promotion leadership training.

What is the goal of this partnership?

Creating healthy local communities is more important than ever with children and young people being the most impacted by the rapidly changing world.

Councils have a critical role in developing and activating local change to ensure all children and young people have the opportunity to grow up active, socially connected and healthy.

The VLGP consolidates support, resourcing, practice evidence and capacity building with a specific focus on the systems, policies and services of local government.

We are working to amplify the voices of children and young people aged 0-25 in council processes, with a particular focus on implementing actions through the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans 2021-25.

Our priority areas for this work include: youth engagement, systems thinking, healthy food systems, social connection and inclusion, active communities, alcohol, tobacco and the arts.

Key dates

 Applications open  12 noon Monday 10 October 2022
 Applications close  12 noon Monday 14 November 2022

Join one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more about what’s on offer.

Session Key details

VLGP Intake 2022 - Information Session

Who should attend? Victorian councils interested in becoming a fast-track council in the VicHealth Local Government Partnership. 

Register here

Monday 3 October 2022  12pm – 1pm AEST 

This is an information session to learn more about the VicHealth Local Government Partnership (VLGP). We are doing a new intake in October-November 2022. If you have any questions about the partnership or how to apply, please join this session!

VLGP Community of Practice - October Forum

Who should attend? Victorian councils interested in applying for a VicHealth Alcohol Prevention Grant. Also, this is a great opportunity for Victorian councils to trial the Community of Practice sessions offered by the VicHealth Local Government Partnership. 

Register here

Tuesday 11 October 2022  10:30am – 3:30pm AEST 

In partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), this October Fast-track Forum is an online event featuring expert partner presentations and information relevant for Victorian councils:

  • MAV Walking & Bike Riding Webinar
  • Importance of engaging children and young people 
  • Hear more about the recently launch of the VicHealth Youth Engagement Evaluation Framework Strategy
  • VicHealth Alcohol Harm Prevention Grants

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

  • I am looking to apply for the Alcohol Prevention Grants, can I still express an interest in the VLGP too?
    Yes, the Alcohol Prevention Grants are a new component within the VicHealth Local Government Partnership and are open to all councils under the VLGP. All Victorian councils are eligible to apply for this grant round.
  • I’m not part of the VicHealth Local Government Partnership, can I still access the VLGP modules
    Yes, all Victorian councils can now access our new evidence-informed health promotion modules, designed to help councils create the best possible future for children and young people. To find out more and register for the modules click here
  • What is the difference between the Alcohol Prevention Grants and the VLGP intake?
    The VLGP focuses on children and young people across a wide variety of health issues. Whereas the Alcohol Prevention Grants are specifically focused on alcohol harm prevention and minimisation.

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