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 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.
Our policies provide staff, members and volunteers with clear and consistent guidance on how Neighbourhood Watch operates.
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
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
This policy describes the types of membership within Neighbourhood Watch Victoria and membership application process. 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
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
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
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.