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As Victoria heads to the polls, VCOSS will examine the policies and promises of the major parties.
Featuring daily updates, expert analysis and our election promises tracker, we'll give you everything you need to vote for a Victoria without poverty.
Victoria’s unemployment rate is rising and it is people who already face disadvantage who are affected most often, for the longest periods, and with the most serious consequences. Tackling unemployment lays out the key strategies for a workforce participation plan to help all Victorians get back to work.
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The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) helps low-income families meet school costs. From 2015, the EMA will no longer support individual students. This will affect more than 200,000 Victorian school students. Show your support and help ensure all Victorian children can participate in school opportunities.
Do Victorians want to live in a community that looks after its most vulnerable people or do we want to leave people further behind? This is the question we asked and the challenge we set for the major parties in the lead up to the 2014 State Election.
24 November 2014 – Under current Victorian law you could rent out a cardboard box in your backyard and as long as it had a smoke alarm fitted, it’d be legal. We need to set minimum legal standards that rental homes must meet, to increase tenants' safety and security.
24 November 2014 – Following the Federal Government cutting all funding for the highly successful Youth Connections program, the Victorian Youth Connections Provider Network has been working with the State Government to highlight the significant gap that Youth Connections will leave in Victoria. They have developed a proposal to keep supporting the 10,000 young Victorians currently not in engaged in education.
21 November 2014 – Victoria’s unemployment rate is rising and it is people who already face disadvantage who are being affected most often, for the longest periods, and with the most serious consequences. In our new paper 'Tackling unemployment', VCOSS lays out four key strategies for a workforce participation plan that would tackle unemployment and help all Victorians get back to work.
21 November 2014 – VCOSS launches our vision for a workforce participation plan that connects Victoria’s vulnerable people with the skills and jobs they need.
20 November 2014 – To support quality early learning in Victoria, Early Learning Association Australia wants the next state government to take quick action on three critical issues: maintaining 15 hours of kindergarten programs beyond 2015; supporting the National Quality Framework; and resolving the industrial dispute in the early learning sector.Find more media releasesRead the VCOSS Voice blog