The VVC’s commitment

We commit to engaging with the Victorian veteran and ex-service community and with VVC stakeholders. We will pass on advice from the veteran community to the government and the Minister for Veterans.

The Veterans Act 2005 (the Act) sets:

  • the role of the VVC
  • the VVC’s objectives
  • the VVC’s functions.

To fulfill its responsibilities, the VVC must engage with:

  • the veteran and ex-service community
  • Victoria’s ex-service and veteran support organisations
  • its other stakeholders.

VVC objectives

The objectives of the VVC are to:

  • promote cooperation and collaboration across organisations dealing with
    • veterans’ welfare
    • other ex-service community issues
  • develop a better understanding among Victorians of
    • the participation and sacrifice of Victoria’s veterans in war and peacekeeping operations
    • the contributions of Victoria’s ex-service community.

VVC functions

The functions of the VVC are to:

  • track and speak with the minister about issues affecting Victoria’s ex-service community
  • speak with the ex-service community before giving advice to the minister
  • support the welfare activities of ESOs through the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund.

Engagement objectives

The VVC wants to engage with ESOs and Victoria’s veteran community to:

  • better understand and serve the Victorian veteran and ex-service community
  • provide trustworthy and meaningful advice to the Victorian Government on veterans’ issues
  • increase sector-wide awareness of trends, issues, insights and opportunities
  • connect the sector to improve collaboration and coordination.

Effective engagement allows the VVC to understand the views and priorities of the Victorian veteran and ex-service community. This helps in executing our functions under the Act.

The VVC promises to use the approach outlined in this strategy to engage as widely and effectively as possible. We want to know the views of the people, groups and organisations affected by decisions about veterans’ wellbeing and commemoration.

Our main stakeholders

  • Victorian veterans and the Victorian ex-service community
  • Families of Victorian veterans
  • Current Australian Defence Force personnel
  • Veteran groups in Victoria
  • Victorian ESOs
  • Veterans support organisations that operate in Victoria
  • Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Commonwealth Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
  • Victorian Minister for Veterans
  • Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs
  • Director for Consumer Affairs Victoria
  • Consumer Affairs Victoria
  • Shrine of Remembrance and the Shrine of Remembrance Trustees
  • Office for Veterans within the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • Victorian Government

Engagement approach

  1. Our engagement is planned, purposeful, meaningful and inclusive.
  2. Our engagement brings together all stakeholders attached to Victoria’s veteran and ex-service community.
  3. Our engagement helps us make decisions.


  1. Stakeholders see us as an effective means to raise veterans’ issues to the Victorian Government.
  2. Ex-service and veteran support organisations use our channels to give feedback and ask questions.
  3. We connect veteran community stakeholders.
  4. Our grant programs are co-designed with and get input from:
    • veterans
    • their dependants
    • veteran ESOs.
  5. We commit to representing the voice of the veteran community.
  6. Although many veterans’ organisations speak with the government, we are independent of any particular body.