A note from VCOSS CEO Emma King
The work of the 59th Parliament has been shaped by COVID; both the virus itself and the associated health, social and economic challenges. The pandemic tested us in previously unimaginable ways.
And as this document attests, it was Victoria’s lowest income earners, people from multicultural backgrounds and those with existing health concerns that bore the brunt of these challenges.
But through it all, significant social policy reforms were pursued. Treaty, the Mental Health Royal Commission, changes to tenancy laws, ongoing reforms to family violence, the Big Housing Build and an embrace of Housing First, new education equity measures, voluntary assisted dying, supervised injecting rooms, LGBTIQ+ equality measures. The list goes on.
We need all parties committed to continuing these reforms so they can deliver on their promise for positive change. This platform details how VCOSS believes this should occur.
Almost three years with COVID in our lives has allowed Victorians to develop a razor-sharp focus on the things that matter. They want a multiparty commitment to completing flagship reforms that address entrenched and systemic challenges.
For all references and sources, please view the PDF version of this platform.
⦿ Become the wellbeing state
⦿ Value the community sector
⦿ Inclusive communities
⦿ A healthy Victoria
⦿ Easing the cost of living
This chapter should be read in conjunction with the cost-of-living measures recommended elsewhere in this platform, including on school costs and housing.
⦿ Thriving children and families
⦿ Stronger early childhood education, schools and skills
⦿ Victorians in work
⦿ A healthy climate supporting resilient communities
⦿ A safe place to call home
⦿ A Victoria free from violence
⦿ Fair and equal justice
⦿ Growing revenue fairly
VCOSS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country. We pay respect to Elders both past and present, and to emerging leaders. Our offices are located on the sovereign, unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.