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Here are three visual tools to help you make sense of the 2017 Victorian Budget.
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Methodology (and raw data for the Real effective change table) can be found here.
Media inquiries only should be directed to VCOSS Communications Manager Ryan Sheales on 0414 127 153 or via email.
Strong growth in revenue has allowed the Victorian government to cut payroll tax and stamp duty for first home buyers and still see increases in revenue from these sources.
Among welcome measures, Victoria's new 'supermax' youth jail represents a missed opportunity to create a world-class youth justice system.
There is a reason VCOSS called the 2017 Victorian Budget "a budget with a heart". It contains a historic and phenomenal $1.9 billion to combat family violence. Get all the details here.
Subsidised energy efficiency upgrades, support for choosing energy retailers and investment in financial counselling are good measures for low-income households in the 2017 Victorian Budget.
Funding to support people in the transition to the NDIS and to reduce abuse in disability services are among some modest positive 2017 Victorian Budget initiatives to help improve the lives of people with disability.
Funding to develop an Aboriginal treaty, a LGBTI inclusive Victoria and implementing the state's multicultural policy are positive investments to improve social cohesion in the 2017 Victorian Budget.
Expanding the Maternal and Child Health service and increasing the number of child protection workers through this year's Victorian Budget will help support children in vulnerable families.
Expanding social housing through measures including a growth fund and community housing loans, the 2017 Victorian Budget is a great start to turning around Victoria's housing affordability and homelessness problems.
Investment in mental health, drug and alcohol services and in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in the 2017 Victorian Budget will help more people access services and gain control of their lives.
There is more support for students facing disadvantage across early years and school years in the 2017 Victorian Budget, as well as substantial investment in upgrading facilities.
The 2017 Victorian Budget includes welcome initiatives to stimulate employment growth in new industries and in localities facing disadvantage. It provides transition support for workers facing redundancy.
The 2017 Victorian Budget delivers on the Government’s laudable commitment to ending family violence. The Victorian Council of Social Service says the budget’s headline figure of $1.9 billion for family violence initiatives is a generous and welcome amount, and should […]
If just 20% of the public discussion was about how to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place, we’d be much closer to a genuine solution.
Ageist stereotypes and assumptions about the capabilities of older people can be disempowering and takes away older people’s agency and power.
Did you know a large number of people living with serious mental health conditions—up to 10,000 in Victoria alone—could miss out under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
When we place more demands on our foster carers, we have a responsibility to provide them with additional support.
Sending more and more people to prison is not making Victoria any safer. Through justice reinvestment we can redirect prison dollars to community programs that help stop crime occurring in the first place.
Victoria has a problem with the repeat and violent offending behaviours by a small number of young offenders. But we can’t arrest our way out of this problem.