Embracing our diversity

The principles of inclusion and non-judgement are at the very heart of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s mission and origins.​ We are committed to ensuring anyone seeking our assistance is treated consistently and equitably irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, political, religious or philosophical allegiance, physical ability, family status, age or sexual orientation.

Across Victoria, we have a workforce of thousands doing our ‘Good Works’, and whether they come as conference members, volunteers or employees we want them to know how valued they are. The qualities that make each of our people unique aren’t just embraced ​​- they’re valued. We value diversity and believe it is essential to our success. That’s why we’re committed to building a workplace that’s as diverse as it is caring.​

How can I find out who the formally recognised traditional owners are for the country I am meeting?

The easiest way to find out who the Formally Recognised Traditional Owners are for an area is to consult the interactive map.

If the Traditional Owners have not been formally recognised for the land on which your event is taking place, you should acknowledge Traditional Owners generally, without making a reference to the name of any specific Traditional Owners. An example of such an acknowledgement is provided below:

'I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are meeting.
I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Aboriginal Elders
of other communities who may be here today.' ​

Reconciliation Action Plan 2021-2022

Telling the story of how St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria and VincentCare joined together for Reconciliation

Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2021

Presenting the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria's first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.

Prayer for Reconciliation

The Society's Prayer of Reconciliation

Acknowledgement of Country

The Society's Acknowledgement of Country