Department of Health

About Social Inclusion Action Groups

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health system recognised that communities are best placed to understand and drive local social connection and inclusion efforts that support mental health and wellbeing.

Social Inclusion Action Groups (SIAGs) will support local communities to promote social connection and inclusion and will fund a range of local initiatives to support community mental health and wellbeing. 

They will bring together community members and leaders in communities across Victoria to guide and lead local social connection and inclusion efforts. 

SIAGs will be made up of a broad and diverse range of community members and local leaders of all ages and backgrounds, including people with lived experience, Aboriginal people and those from LGBTIQ+, disability and culturally diverse communities. 

What we are doing

The first five SIAGs will be established over the next year in Frankston, Benalla, Mansfield, Wangaratta and Latrobe City.

The groups will see community members and leaders across local government areas working together to deliver initiatives that boost social inclusion and connection.

They will receive flexible funding to support community activities that support local community participation. 

SIAGs will complement social prescribing trials, which aim to reduce loneliness and social isolation and will operate in the first six newly established Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services.

Find out more

Have questions or want to learn more about a project? Email the Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Office at mhwpo@health.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 20 October 2022

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