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1.6 Human Services and Health Partnership Implementation Committee

1.6.1 Purpose

The purpose of the committee is to promote consultation and engagement between the Department of Health and Human Services and the funded sector.

1.6.2 Background

The Human Services and Health Partnership Implementation Committee (HSHPIC) was formed in early 2004 and is co-chaired by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS).

HSHPIC was established as a result of the Partnership Agreement (October 2002) between the then Department of Human Services and the health, housing and community services sector: and the Partnership Protocol agreed with local government in October 2002.

The work of HSHPIC in strengthening partnering relationships was acknowledged and re-affirmed with the signing of the 2012-15 Memorandum of Understanding.

HSHPIC works to promote and support collaboration and partnering between the Department of Health and Human Services and the funded community sector to make a positive difference to our shared clients. An annual work plan guides the work of the committee and outcomes are reported annually to the Department of Health and Human Services senior executive and to the VCOSS Peaks and Statewide Forum.

The committee meets bi-monthly at VCOSS. Meeting dates for 2016 are: 2 February, 17 May, 21 June, 16 August, 25 October, and 6 December.

Key past and present HSHPIC activities include:

  • reviewing and improving relevant business processes, and providing a point of contact for discussions and negotiations on sector wide related funding issues
  • hosting partnering dialogues to look at sector wide issues and share learning.

Progressing these activities is often supported by HSHPIC working groups.

The Department of Health and Human Services committed to providing funds to VCOSS for the term of the Partnership in Practice Memorandum of Understanding. The funding is to support HSHPIC administration, policy development and implementation on the annual HSHPIC work plan.

1.6.3 Terms of reference

HSHPIC aims to:

  • Strengthen the Department of Health and Human Services and sector partnering to achieve mutually beneficial and respectful relationships.
  • Provide a forum for exchange of information about issues affecting the community sector as a whole.


  • Auspices working parties and projects to further the aims of the committee.
  • Coordinates Partnering Dialogues between Senior Representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services and community sector leaders to address jointly identified human services industry-wide challenges.

1.6.4 HSHPIC partnering dialogues

The HSHPIC Partnering Dialogue program provides a forum to discuss the strategic challenges facing the human services industry, with the aim of developing a joint approach and practical solutions. Dialogues are held between the senior representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services and community sector leaders throughout the year. Papers from the Partnering Dialogues including presentations and participant feedback are made available on the Funded Agency Channel on the HSHPIC Partnering Dialogues page (external link, opens in a new window).

In March 2016, HSHPIC held a Partnerning Dialogue where all four Department of Health and Human Services Ministers presented on government policy intentions across the breath of health and social policy portfolios.