Tri-Peaks Project

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About the Tri-Peaks Project

The Tri-Peaks Project is a collaboration between the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, the Victorian Healthcare Association and VAADA – The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association to support and promote good governance and integrated practices across our three different sectors.

Over the next two years, the Tri-Peaks Project is aiming to deliver a range of initiatives to increase collaboration between the child and family welfare, primary healthcare and alcohol and other drug sectors in Victoria.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated adapting some of these activities and their timelines, we hope that Tri-Peaks Project will increase opportunities for professional development and collaboration across our sectors.

Board Survey

The Tri-Peaks Project will shortly be releasing a Board Survey to capture the key governance issues for the child and family, alcohol and other drugs and community health sectors. This will be used to plan future activities and resources.


The Tri-Peaks Project has collaborated with a number of leading organisation and individuals, including Ernst & Young Australia and Cornwalls Law, to provide expert information on a range of topics from governance to the impact of COVID-19 on separated parents and their children.

Material from previous webinars and upcoming webinars are set out below.





Lead Peak

Presentation / Webinar Link

Financial Viability for the NGO Sector and Government Stimulus during COVID-19

This session considered:

  • Business continuity
  • Financial management during a crisis
  • Government stimulus
  • Financial checklist

Cameron Bird, Partner, EY

15 April 2020

3:00 – 4:00pm

The Centre

Link here

Global Workforce Perspectives and Practical Strategies in COVID-19

This session considered:

  • Government & NGO Impacts Due to COVID-19
  • Experience of human services workforce
  • Workforce essential

Sonia Sharp, Partner EY

17 April 2020

11.30 – 12.30pm

The Centre

Link here

Tools for Working Remotely and Privacy Implications

This session considered:

  • Tools for remotely working
  • Managing teams remotely

Sonia Sharp, Partner EY

20 April 2020

12.30 – 1.30pm

The Centre

Link here

Board evaluation panel discussion

This session discussed what board evaluation is and how regular evaluation contributes to good governance.

Jo-Anne Morfoot
Fi Mercer
Gayle Boschert

23 April 2020

12.30 – 1.30pm


 Link here

The impact of COVID-19 for Separated Parents and their Children

Managing parenting arrangements during the COVID-19 crisis – issues and solutions for separated parents.

Cath Tregills, Executive Manager & Marney Bowden, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Relationship Matters

5 May 2020

1:00 – 2:00pm

The Centre

Link here

Not-for-profit governance during COVID-19

Cornwalls Law provided information on governance considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session considered:

  • Board director duties, liability and the “safe harbour” provisions
  • Online privacy and data security considerations
  • OH&S and duty-of-care for staff during the pandemic  

Dean Katz, Partner Cornwalls Lawyers

14 May 2020

1.00 – 2.30pm


 Link here

Victoria’s New Workplace Manslaughter Laws from 1 July 2020

The new industrial manslaughter laws have been added to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (OHS Act). They will result in a much greater spotlight on compliance with existing OHS laws, as well as introducing a new particular offence of industrial manslaughter.

The new laws will attract the highest penalty in the OHS Act, introducing maximum fines of approx. $16.5m for employers and jail terms of up to 20 years and fines of up to $1.65m for officers whose actions or omissions:

  • cause the death of a worker or member of the public;
  • involve a breach of an OHS duty;
  • were negligent.

This webinar will consider the scope of the new laws and how organisations can prepare for them.

Steve Bell, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

27 May 2020

12.30 -1.30pm


Four Keys to an Effective Board

This webinar will cover what to think about in:

  • Developing a skills matrix for your board
  • Clarifying the commitment required to be a board member at your organisation
  • Why alignment and diversity of board members is vital

Helga Svendsen, Facilitator and Coach

2 June 2020

12:00 – 1:00pm

The Centre


Research and resources

Tri-Peaks Literature Review and Summary

The literature review was undertaken to highlight the key elements of effective organisational collaboration between non-government organisations. The report is based on a desktop review of published resources on strategic collaboration; initiatives that supported clients across the health and/or human services sectors; and organisational collaborations across different sectors or disciplines. We found limited research specifically on cross-peak collaborations and their positive impacts on outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Read the Tri-Peaks Literature Review. Read the Tri Peaks Literature Review Summary.

Other resources


If you would like to learn more about the Tri-Peaks Project or have a query relating to any of the information above, please contact Emma Fenby at, Kerryn Garner at or James Petty at

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