How we are run

Our Board and our policies provide the framework in which we operate. Our local groups, our volunteers, our staff and our leadership team work together to deliver our programs and activities to Victorian communities.

Our structure

Our local groups are the heart of Neighbourhood Watch. They work at the grassroots in their communities and with local police.

There are currently Neighbourhood Watch groups in 54 of Victoria’s 79 Local Government Areas (LGAs). Each group can comprise anywhere from 10 to 700-plus members and operate at a suburb, town, estate, or street level.

Neighbourhood Watch operates on an LGA model. If there are several groups in an LGA, they may choose to have a committee at this level. Local groups can run individually or jointly with their LGA committee. Approved LGA-level groups sign an operating charter to be affiliated with Neighbourhood Watch Victoria.

The local groups are supported by the State Office which runs crime prevention programs, develops tools and resources and prepares campaign and educational material to share with member groups and the broader community through social media, events, newsletters, and other channels.

Where there is no local group, the State Office aims to support activities in that community until a new group is formed. State Office has a team of four staff lead by the CEO, who is responsible for our day-to-day operations. The CEO reports to the Neighbourhood Watch Board.

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Our policies

Our policies provide staff, members and volunteers with clear and consistent guidance on how Neighbourhood Watch operates.

Privacy Policy

This policy outlines how Neighbourhood Watch Victoria handles personal information. It applies to all Neighbourhood Watch employees, volunteers, contractors and members who are engaged in Neighbourhood Watch activities. Reviewed annually


Communication Policy

This policy guides Neighbourhood Watch Victoria employees, members and volunteers on the use of all forms of media and communications, including printed and digital, social media, and political neutrality. Reviewed annually


Membership Policy

This policy describes the types of membership within Neighbourhood Watch Victoria and membership application process. Reviewed annually


Commercial Agreement Policy

This policy describes the standards expected and the procedure to be followed by Neighbourhood Watch Victoria staff, members and volunteers when raising funds from government, business and the community. Reviewed annually


Risk Management Policy

This policy provides the framework for how risk will be managed within our organisation. It addresses both strategic and operational risks. Last reviewed April 2023


Epidemic-Pandemic Policy

This policy outline the strategies and actions that Neighbourhood Watch Victoria intends to take to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases that are epidemics or pandemics and control the transmission of infectious diseases when a case/s is identified. Reviewed annually


Brand Identity

Our brand identity guidelines ensure that the Neighbourhood Watch Victoria brand elements are used consistently. They provide information and tools and set the standards for using brand names, logos, typefaces, colours, images and other design elements in advertisements, brochures, newsletters, packaging and electronic communications. Last reviewed 6 October 2022


Our Board

The Board supports Neighbourhood Watch Victoria’s work by providing strategic direction and a governance framework that the organisation operates within.

Our Board consists of 10 elected community members with diverse skills and experience, who serve on a voluntary basis and provide support to our CEO and staff, plus 2 Victoria Police representatives, appointed by the Chief Commissioner. The Board meets 6 times a year.

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Neighbourhood Watch Victoria acknowledges the 38 mobs, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate, live, and gather as employees and volunteers. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

At Neighbourhood Watch, we believe everyone has the right to feel safe and welcome. We are committed to ensuring diversity, inclusion and equity are embedded throughout our organisation – in the work we do, the services we deliver and among our staff, volunteers, and the communities we work with.