Advocacy, news & resources

The Centre for Just Places engages in advocacy to address place-based inequities and injustice in Australia. We bring a social and ecological lens, inviting discussion on what action can be taken by governments, individuals, organisations and the community services sector within Australia to build a socially and ecologically just society.

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Reports and submissions
Victorian Resilience Community of Practice State Election Platform 2022

October 2022

In the lead up to the 2022 Victorian election the Victorian Resilience Community of Practice, coordinated by the Centre, put forward a state election platform calling for strong climate action and urging the incoming Victorian Government to resource a range of measures to strengthen place-based climate adaptation and resilience. Learn more and download the Platform.

Prisons, climate and a just transition discussion paper

August 2021

This discussion paper explores the overlapping social and ecological harms of the prison system, making the case for why a just transition to a zero greenhouse gas emissions future must include a focus on decarceration.

Learn more and download the paper
Submission to Victoria’s emission reduction target for 2035

June 2022

The Centre contributed to this submission which calls for a Victorian emissions target of net zero by 2035, achieved through a just transition which ensures those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change are resourced to adapt and build resilience. Learn more and download the submission.

Submission to the Inquiry into the Protections within the Victorian Planning Framework

March 2022

The Centre contributed to this submission which calls on the Federal Government to do more to improve the national response to housing stress and homelessness. Learn more and download the submission.

Roundtables and Communities of Practice
Place-based Action Research Community of Practice (the Real Deal Project) (ongoing)

The Centre has joined together with the Sydney Policy Lab and its Real Deal project, the Centre for People, Place and Planet at Edith Cowan University, and Australia Together to run a nationwide community of practice on place-based action and research.

Resilience Community of Practice, Victoria

The Centre established the Resilience Community of Practice with seed funding from the Greater Melbourne Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. The Victorian Community of Practice brings together over 20 metropolitan and rural organisations and 40 active members from across community health, community services, and local government, established to support strong partnerships and cross-collaborations between organisations, and re-orient systems towards climate equity.

Roundtable on place and social disadvantage (ongoing)

The Centre has joined with the Brotherhood of St Laurence – Social Policy and Research Centre (SPARC) and ARC Centre for Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course at Melbourne University to run a series of roundtables which explore the potential of place-based, community-led initiatives and policies for addressing disadvantage and promoting equity and sustainability.


In the news

Place-based approaches to policy are crucial (Pro Bono)

December 2022

In this piece, our Executive Director, Susie Moloney, and Research and Partnerships Manager, Haydie Gooder, discuss the Centre’s recently research on what makes place-based approaches effective in addressing inequity and disadvantage, and building community resilience to crises.

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Community sector vital to climate crisis response (Pro Bono)

December 2022

This article reports on the Centre’s recently published Collaborative Action Plan for climate justice in Melbourne’s west.

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Locally and globally, what will it take to reorient to climate justice? (Croakey)

November 2022

In this piece, our Executive Director, Susie Moloney, and Project Officer, Andrea Wolf, discuss the importance of a justice lens for addressing the root inequities behind the climate crisis. Specifically, in being able to answer a complex question – justice for whom?

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Resources

For community sector organisations: Climate and Ecological Justice Resource Pack

The community services sector plays a unique role in supporting community adaptation to climate impacts – not only responding to emergencies, but also adapting and coping with the long-term impacts by building individual and systemic resilience.

This pack included information about:

  • climate change concepts and response frameworks
  • government responses to climate change
  • research and evidence of the impact on people and the sector
  • tools for advocacy
  • tools for home and family
  • local climate action and education groups

Climate and Ecological Justice Resource Pack

ACOSS climate campaign webinar (2021)

In this webinar, the Centre’s Executive Director, Susie Moloney, speaks alongside community sector leaders and experts in climate science and climate justice on what climate change is and why it matters to people experiencing inequity and injustice.

Susie presenting at a webinar
Want to learn more about our research?

2023 Annual Dinner

Please join us for our Annual Dinner on 25 March 2023.