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The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes welcome measures to support people facing disadvantage and hardship, while leaving scope for further initiatives in the fight against poverty and inequality.
VCOSS has launched its 2015-18 Strategic Plan, setting out its future goals, priorities and direction as the peak body for the Victorian community sector, working to help people overcome poverty and disadvantage and fulfil their potential.
The VCOSS 2016-17 State Budget Submission is about putting people back in the picture when designing social systems and delivering support. It identifies overarching strategies for lasting social change, and specific proposals across a spectrum of social policy issues.
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29 April 2016 – Despite increasing average living standards in Australia, these benefits are not equally shared. People earning low incomes, especially those renting, experience greater cost-of-living increases and slower income growth, than people on high incomes. Investing in activities that help low-income households […]
29 April 2016 – The 2016 Victorian Budget projects substantial surpluses over the next four years. This is driven by revenue rising faster than expenditure over the four years. Revenue is expected to grow by an average of 3.4 per cent per annum over the […]
29 April 2016 – Work is fundamental to the Victorian economy and a key contributor to people’s sense of identity and wellbeing. Helping people facing disadvantage to gain work skills and participate in the workforce is of great benefit to them individually, to their […]
29 April 2016 – VCOSS commends the 2016 Victorian Budget for its support for LGBTI community members, with the announcement of a new Pride Centre, a new LGBTI grants program and support to combat homophobia in rural and regional Victoria. Increasing support for and […]
29 April 2016 – Many communities across the Latrobe Valley, and Morwell in particular, have suffered from severe social and health disadvantage for many years. These were highlighted following the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire, with the Board of Inquiry stating that the fire had […]Find more media releasesRead the VCOSS Voice blog
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