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

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:

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.  

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Community Resilience Grants

The Community Resilience Grants are now closed and assessment is underway. Projects funded through these grants will achieve at least one of the following two objectives:

  • Support and work with communities and young people to develop collaborative approaches to building resilience to hate and violent extremist narratives; and/or
  • 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

Due to the large number of applications received, the assessment process for these grants is still underway. It is expected that all applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application during August 2016.

For information contact:

Community Resilience Unit on 9651 0629 or

Social Cohesion Research Grants Program

The Victorian Government's Social Cohesion Research Grants Program Round 1 is now closed. Find out more about the program and successful applications.

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, 13 July 2016