Towards better transport for regional Victoria

27 November 2015  |  

Public transport is important for people experiencing disadvantage because it allows people to access valuable life opportunities, including employment, education, health and community services and opportunities to participate in family and community life. VCOSS members report that many of the people they work with find it difficult to access their services, as well as healthcare, work and social activities, because of the lack of transport options in rural and regional Victoria.

By under Rural and regional, Transport, Transport

Addressing the impacts of poverty and disadvantage on children

20 November 2015  |  

High quality, accessible and affordable early childhood  services provide a strong foundation for a child’s learning, development and life opportunities, as well as being a key driver of economic growth, productivity and social progress. Providing all children with access to high quality, early childhood services that optimise their learning, development and life opportunities, from the antenatal period through to the early years of primary school needs to be central to the goal of making Victoria the ‘Education State’.

By under Children, Uncategorized

NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Framework: the next steps

16 November 2015  |  

On 16 September 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Daniel Andrews signed the bilateral agreement outlining the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria from 1 July 2016. This historic agreement will more than double the funding currently allocated to disability services to benefit an estimated 105,000 Victorians and aims to give these Victorians greater choice and control of the services they require.

By under Disability, Uncategorized
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Preventing vulnerable children and young people from entering the child protection system and optimising their wellbeing

12 November 2015  |  

The best ways for government and the community to foster children’s healthy development and prevent or minimise conditions that may lead to abuse and neglect, are to invest in prevention and early intervention strategies that strengthen vulnerable families and help them provide optimal environments for their children, a VCOSS submission says.

By under Advocacy, Children, Children and families, Young people, Young People and Families