Victoria University’s heartland is the west of Melbourne. 

We work alongside communities in the region – in partnership with local government, community groups and other VU departments and colleges – to develop programs tailored to local needs. Our goal is to leverage broader community benefits from VU's presence, at each of our campuses. By contributing to local developments, major projects and events in Melbourne's west, we in turn enhance our University.

Our involvement in the west includes:

  • Footscray University Town
  • outreach programs in Brimbank and Wyndham
  • an education and community program in Hume.

"I have never seen a University so actively engaged in their local community."

- Past VU in the Community project participant

Picturing Footscray

Picturing Footscray is a free open-entry photography prize that has been celebrating Melbourne's unique inner-west suburb of Footscray since 2016, documenting a period of significant change. In 2020, this is particularly poignant. The Prize invites photographers of all capabilities to capture the essence of this great location during this tumultuous time.