Neighbourhood Houses Victoria provides strategic leadership for Neighbourhood Houses in Victoria, supporting members with effective state-wide advocacy, quality research, and timely advice on relevant policy and legislative developments.

It was established in the early 1970’s as the peak body for Victorian Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres. It currently has a membership of over 370 organisations, comprising more than 90% of all Houses and Centres in the state.

The Vision of NHV

The vision of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria is of just and empowered local communities in which our member organisations provide opportunities for people’s participation and learning.

The Mission of NHV

The mission of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria is to support and develop the movement of Neighbourhood Houses and Community Learning Centres as individual organisations and as a collective.


NHV is funded through membership fees, donations, a recurrent grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the Neighbourhood House Coordination Program and specific project grants from various sources, which in 2012-13 include DHS, the Adult Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board and the Department of Justice.