14 March 2023
ACOSS is pleased to announce Hang Vo as our incoming President.
CEO of ACOSS, Dr Cassandra Goldie said this is an historic yet overdue moment in ACOSS’s 66-year history, which importantly reflects the diversity of experience within Australian society.
“Hang brings to the Presidency an incredible depth of leadership and management experience – both lived and professional – and the staff and I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with Hang”.
“Recently appointed CEO of Sacred Heart Mission and former CEO of Whitelion Youth, Hang has previously served as Vice-President of ACOSS and holds Director positions with the Victorian Pride Centre and Respect Victoria.”
“My personal experiences have shaped my commitment to inclusion, representation, social justice and equity,” Hang Vo says. “I am grateful to have the opportunity through the ACOSS Presidency and as Sacred Heart Mission’s CEO to contribute to a more just society and change the systems and structures that perpetuate disadvantage and lock people in poverty.”
Hang, who arrived in Australia as part of the Vietnamese refugee ‘boat people’ and is a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, is the first queer person of colour to be President of ACOSS.
“When some of the people with the absolute least in Australia – including those experiencing homelessness, refugees and people seeking asylum – are still unable to gain access to social security and services, and with a critical Voice referendum in sight, Hang’s timely appointment will bring extensive insight, leadership and experience to ACOSS and the broader social services sector,” Dr Goldie says.
“We are truly proud to have Hang join us as President of ACOSS for the next three years.”