About FSSI

Our purpose

We support the not-for-profit social service sector and its workforce to be service-delivery leaders at a time of major growth and disruption.

Our vision

A strong Victoria supported by a responsive and innovative social sector.

Our mission

To co-produce leading training, education, information and research to support a highly skilled paid and unpaid social sector workforce.

Our values

• Co-production
• Respect
• Interdependence
• Ethics of Care
• Innovation

Who we are

A collaboration between the Victorian Council of Social Service and RMIT University, supported by the Victorian Government.

Our Goals


• We work with providers, carers and advocates across Australia’s social service sector.
• We operate as an interface between RMIT schools and colleges and VCOSS member organisations.
• We use research to co-design innovative models of program and service delivery and to advocate for long-term systemic change.
• We incorporate co-production into everything we do, including with Experts by Experience.
• We leverage value from partnerships.
• We provide opportunities for practitioners and researchers to work collaboratively to solve issues important to the social service sector.
• We establish trusted exchange and dialogue with those with whom we work.
• We trial things to extend to the broader sector across Australia.

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