Community Resilience Unit

Our role

In May 2015 the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria, established the Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Taskforce to adopt a whole-of-government and whole-of-community evidence based approach to address social cohesion, community resilience, marginalisation and to prevent violent extremism.

The Community Resilience Unit has been formed to support the Taskforce.

For further information about any of the information on this page, please email the Community Resilience Unit at or call on (03) 9651 0629

Community Resilience Grants

The Victorian Government’s Community Resilience Grants are now open.

The deadline for the Community Resilience Grants has been extended to 5pm, Friday 20 May 2016.

There is $600,000 available under these grants to fund projects which aim to achieve one of the following objectives:

  • support and work with communities and young people to develop collaborative approaches to building resilience to hate and violent extremist narratives; and
  • support and work with communities and young people at risk of violent extremism to develop their confidence and skills to advocate for their concerns and grievances through peaceful, democratic means.

Community, not-for-profit and community peak body organisations can apply for these grants.

All applications must be submitted online.

Grant Guidelines

For further information or to discuss your application, email or call 1300 366 356.

Please watch the video below before calling to discuss your application.


Video transcript (Word 98kb)

Taskforce membership

The Taskforce is chaired by the Hon James Merlino MP, Deputy Premier of Victoria and Minister for Education.   

Members of the Taskforce include:

  • Robin Scott MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Acting Minister for Police and Acting Minister for Corrections.
  • Jenny Mikakos MLC, Minister for Youth Affairs

The Chief Resilience Officer

Mark Duckworth is Victoria's first Chief Resilience Officer, appointed in May 2015 to lead the Community Resilience Unit and support the work of the Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Ministerial Taskforce.

Strategic Framework

The Strategic Framework to Strengthen Victoria's Social Cohesion and the Resilience of its Communities (the Framework) outlines:

1. Why strengthening social cohesion and building community resilience are important;

2. Key principles for working together; and  

3. High level objectives, priority themes, activities and indicators.

The Framework recognises that Government cannot do this work alone.  It is intended to help all stakeholders – individuals, community organisations, government agencies, businesses, service providers, academics and others - to work together in new ways, and better connect and align our collective efforts.

The Framework has been developed with extensive input from a broad range of stakeholders and will be reviewed annually.  

Read more:

For information contact:

Community Resilience Unit on 9651 0629 or

Social Cohesion Research Grants Program

The Victorian Government's Social Cohesion Research Grants Program is now closed. Successful applications will be announced in coming weeks.

Research generated by these grants will support the development of policy and programs which enhance social cohesion and community resilience and respond to causes which can lead to violent extremism.



Last updated on Wednesday, 11 May 2016