Children having fun at Little Day Out 2018

Child Friendly Cities

As a Child Friendly City, the City of Greater Dandenong is a city in which all children are valued, respected and celebrated Council's vision for children ages 0 -18:

  • children are given opportunities to learn and develop their potential
  • families, services and the broader community work together to ensure children are safe at all times and have access to services
  • children have access to environments and services to improve their health and wellbeing
  • children have opportunities to connect with other children, to their family, to their community and to the environment they live in
  • children’s voices are heard through consultation in planning and implementation of programs.

Children's Plan 2021 - 26

The City of Greater Dandenong has created a new  Children’s Plan 2021-26. The Children’s Plan outlines an integrated approach in working together with and for children 0-13 years acknowledging the important role of parents, carers and their extended families in supporting each child's development in education, health and wellbeing. 

The Children’s Plan 2021-26 was developed through consultation with children, local service providers and relevant Council departments; review of relevant policy frameworks, Council plans and strategies and the Children’s Plan 2015-19.

Children's Voices 

Children's Forum

The annual children’s forum held in children’s week provides children with a platform to engage with Council in a consultative and creative way to express their opinions about the city they live in and their priorities for the city. Giving their voice and options to Council’s strategic planning for the implementation and delivery of Council programs across our child friendly city.

See what the children had to say at the Children's Forums


Children's Consultations

Greater Dandenong children have been involved in numerous consultations and forums. Having local children participating in community consultations is very important in hearing what is important to them. There were a range of case studies reports that came out of these consultations.



Children's Advisory Group

The children’s advisory group brings together students from the local Primary Schools within Greater Dandenong as representatives of their wider school community, to talk about the local community, facilities, and activities in Greater Dandenong, and to support Council in its commitment to be a child friendly city.

Members of the children’s advisory group share their highlights:

“A highlight for me was getting to make friends with students from other schools, as well as getting to have a say on what happens in greater Dandenong.”
“I really like working with other people/students/teachers and collaborating with them”
“Just being part of the advisory group because we got to meet new people and getting a say in many things around Dandenong like parks”.

For further information about the Children's Advisory Group, please contact Customer Service on 8571 1000 or email

Child and Family Partnership

The Child and Family Partnership is made up of a wide range of community partners, service providers and children’s services providers, on local, regional, state and federal level.

Best Start partnerships lead reform at the local level. They play a key role in bringing local services together to deliver on the Best Start outcomes for children and their families, in particular those with the greatest needs. All Best Start partnerships have a role to play in working in a culturally inclusive manner with Aboriginal communities.  For further information about the work of the Child & Family Partnership, visit Department of Education and Training - Best Start

The Child and Family Partnership welcomes parent and community participation at the partnership meetings. This would involve attending the bimonthly meetings, hearing about local programs and services being offered for local families and having the opportunity to provide feedback to local community partners.

If you would like to attend the meetings and become involved as a community participant, please contact Customer Service on 8571 1000 or email

Greater Dandenong Executive Committee

The Greater Dandenong Executive Committee is a shared governance committee that supports the work of Mission Australia, Communities for Children and Best Start.

Mission Australia Communities for Children (CfC) is an early intervention and prevention program that aims to improve the development, health and wellbeing of children aged 12 and under by addressing local needs and encouraging community participation.  The Executive Committee was established to acknowledge common partnerships between Communities For Children and Best Start and encourage localised solutions in collaboration.

For further information about Mission Australia Communities For Children (CfC) program, visit Mission Australia Communities For Children website.

'Things we like in Greater Dandenong' Booklet 

As part of the launch of the City of Greater Dandenong's Child Friendly City initiative, a book showcasing what local children like to do in Greater Dandenong was created.