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Western Melbourne

About us

New The Western Melbourne Children and Youth Area Partnership aims to ensure all children and young people in Western Melbourne have the best start in life.

The Western Melbourne Children and Youth Area Partnership works across five local government areas:

  • Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Melbourne City Council
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Wyndham City Council

We are part of a Victorian whole-of-government collective impact initiative, a partnership with government, services and the community to work better together to support our vulnerable children and young people, and their families.

Who is involved

The Partnership is led by a Steering Group that includes 22 cross-sector leaders from government (Victoria, local and Commonwealth), Victoria Police, community and local services. The Steering Group meets regularly to discuss the learnings from the work to date, to determine strategic opportunities and to identify measures that will help us meet our targets.

Our Co-Chairs are:

  • Christine Owen, Director Western Melbourne Area, Department of Health and Human Services; and
  • John Dainutis, Executive Area Director, Western Melbourne, Department of Education and Training.

Our Principal Advisor is Hayley Rose.

Four place-based working groups have been established to tackle priorities relevant to local communities. These working group aim to bring about sustainable change and provide valuable insights into how systems work and where improvements can be made.

The four working groups are:

  1. Braybrook: pathways to employment for young people
  2. Laverton: early years, parenting, youth and food security
  3. North Melbourne and Flemington: refugee youth
  4. Werribee: focus on vulnerable young people and parenting

Our partners

The Western Melbourne Children and Youth Area Partnership operates across the land of the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge their Elders past and present and their continuing connection to Country. We acknowledge the important place of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in our area as the first people of Australia.

We are also proud to welcome people from all cultural, religious and language backgrounds as part of our community.