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The Age, 6 Sep 1946

The Age, 6 Sep 1946

Following World War II, a number of social welfare agencies met to consider the most appropriate way of responding to gaps in Victoria’s social structure.

The agencies felt that a coordinating body needed to be established to help drive social change in a meaningful way.

Consequently, the Victorian Council of Social Service was founded following a public meeting at Melbourne Town Hall in December 1946.

The newly formed VCOSS identified six crucial areas demanding action:

  • A shortage of adequate housing and inadequacy of emergency stock
  • The plight of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
  • Appropriate training for employees working in children’s institutions
  • The need to contribute to public knowledge on issues of juvenile delinquency and adoption
  • Other serious social problems (such as alcoholism)
  • The social welfare needs of low income families and migrants.

Seventy years later it is interesting to note many of these social issues remain the focus of our work today.