Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) is a not-for–profit community-based organisation, where volunteers come together to support Victoria Police to make their local communities safer by promoting crime prevention initiatives and closer community ties.

Where possible NHW is managed on a Local Government Area (LGA) or Police Service Area (PSA) model. NHW groups can operate individually or in conjunction with their LGA committee.

Local Government Area (LGA)

An LGA is aligned with the local council boundaries and if there are various groups in an LGA, it is preferable to have a committee at this level (eg NHW LGA name = NHW Whitehorse).  An LGA Committee should provide benefits with local groups working together and may appoint one Delegate to represent their LGA at State Forum Meetings and the Annual General Meeting. In some rural areas where groups are long distances apart, these committees may be adjusted to suit the local area (ie town based arrangements).
An LGA should ensure they advise NHW Victoria of their committee members on the LGA Area Information Report.


Within any LGA there may be groups operating that can be any size deemed appropriate or suitable by the LGA Committee members and is solely at the discretion of the LGA Committee.  For example, in regional locations, a group might cover the whole town. Historically, these areas are often numbered, but most are now renaming according to their geographical location.

Groups will be required to submit an Area Information Report and an audited financial statement on an annual basis. NHW state office will provide advance notice of reporting requirements and the due dates.