Government and philanthropy collaborate to improve the lives of children, young people, and their families

5 December 2023

The John Villiers Trust (JVT) is pleased to be a founding partner of the Investment Dialogue for Australia’s Children (IDAC), which is a collaboration between government and philanthropy to improve the wellbeing of children, young people, and their families, by working with communities to reduce intergenerational disadvantage in Australia.

This long-term commitment is based on a shared vision for an inclusive and equitable Australia where all children, families and communities can fulfil their potential.

Dialogue members recognise the importance of local, place-based initiatives. We believe communities are experts in their own experience and have solutions, driven by local data and lived experience.

The Investment Dialogue also seeks to coordinate our efforts through the sharing of expertise, data and resources to translate and measure what works and what matters. Doing this can help positively impact more communities.

We know together, and with diverse perspectives, we can achieve more. It’s a belief shared by the Federal Treasurer, the Honorary Dr Jim Chalmers MP.

“We believe you make more progress if you work together. That’s what [the IDAC] is all about. For a lot of us, this is our reason for being: the idea that even in a first world country like Australia, with all of its long-term economic success, the idea that we still have communities of entrenched disadvantage. A lot of us are here to try and turn this around and we can’t do it on our own…. We know that if we work together, we give ourselves the best chance”, Dr Chalmers said.

JVT’s involvement will include continued discussions with philanthropic peers, government offices and community stakeholders through roundtable events, co- investing in aligned initiatives, and advocating for reform to remove barriers to achieving the shared vision.

The inaugural roundtable was held in Canberra on Monday, 4 December.

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