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Findings from these reports will inform the continued paradigm shift across government, funders, organisations and innovators working to address inequities and build the capacities of Victorian communities.

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Part 1. A review of the literature

Part 1 outlines the critical factors for successful place-based approaches drawing on existing Australian and international evidence and offers insights on gaps in current knowledge about place-based approaches and opportunities for future research.


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Part 2. A review of practice

Part 2 focuses on five case studies of place-based approaches in Victoria providing grounded and context specific insights into the challenges and opportunities facing place-based approaches in Victoria.

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Inside the research report

Inside the report

Key findings

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Partners and contributors

 The ‘What works for place-based approaches in Victoria?’ project was funded by the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Place Based Reform and Delivery branch) with oversight and guidance from a range of government, philanthropic and not-for-profit stakeholders. The project is a collaboration between the Centre for Just Places, RMIT Centre for Urban Research and the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. The project’s advisory group and reviewers are experts and practitioners working on different aspects of place-based policy, practice and evaluation from the Social Solutions Research Group in the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland, the Institute for Resilient Regions at the University of Southern Queensland, the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University, the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria, and Stand Up Collaboration.

We acknowledge and thank the place-based practitioners and policy makers interviewed over the research for their time and generosity in sharing their experiences and expertise.

“Anything we’ve done and any success we’ve had has been based on really clearly understanding what people need. We have made it our goal to unflinchingly serve what we hear people say they need…and when you do that, the response [trust] is then very strong [from the community].”

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For more information

Contact the Centre’s Executive Director, Susie Moloney, at or Haydie Gooder at

If you require one of these PDFs in an accessible format, please contact Susie Moloney at

Jesuit Social Services established the Centre for Just Places in 2021, with significant seed funding from the Gandel Foundation and the Victorian Government.