Last updated: 07 Oct, 2021

VicHealth Local Government Partnership: Young people leading healthier communities

Local Government Partnership: Young people leading healthier communities  overview

What’s our Local Government Partnership all about? 

VicHealth is partnering with Victorian councils to set our kids up for their best possible future by creating communities where children and young people grow up active, socially connected and healthy.  The partnership will amplify their voices, ideas and experiences to create a healthier future.   

We know young people are eager to be a part of healthy and connected communities. By offering meaningful opportunities where their voices can be heard, we can inspire more creative local solutions for greater impact. This work will be supporting those who need it most – communities who already face greater barriers to reaching their full health. 

Over the coming years, we’ll work with fast- track councils in a strategic and equitable way through evidence-based health promotion modules and communities of practice. By partnering with councils in this way we will see stronger and long-lasting outcomes for more Victorians.  

Learn more about this project in our detailed program overview document here.

If you would like a hard copy of our program overview document, please get in touch: [email protected]

Meet our ‘fast- track’ councils 

We are proud to have 16 councils working with us through our Local Government Partnership.  These 16 fast-track council partners are leading the way and committed to including young people in their next Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans 2021-25 and finding ways to embed children and young people’s voices in council activity.  

The fast-track councils include 8 Rural Shires, 5 Regional Cities and 3 Outer-Metropolitan localities:  

  • Ballarat City Council  
  • Buloke Shire Council 
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council  
  • City of Greater Bendigo  
  • Colac Otway Shire Council  
  • East Gippsland Shire Council  
  • Glenelg Shire Council 
  • Greater Dandenong City Council  
  • Greater Shepparton City Council  
  • Hume City Council  
  • Latrobe City Council  
  • Melton City Council  
  • Mildura Rural City Council  
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council  
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council  
  • Wellington Shire Council  


Learn about our health promotion modules  

A series of evidence-based health promotion modules will be available to support councils to implement action at the local level to create healthier communities for children and young people.  

All Victorian councils will have access to these modules providing the building blocks for effective change in their communities.  

These modules provide specific policy and practice changes for councils to embed to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Victoria. By partnering with councils in this way we will see stronger and long-lasting outcomes for more Victorians.  

For more details about our modules find our webpage here.


Learn more about the VicHealth Local Government Partnership in our media release