Hazelwood Mine Fire report makes strong recommendations for improving people’s health and reducing disadvantage

11 February 2016  |  

A new Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry report makes strong recommendations for place-based, community building approaches to help improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the Latrobe Valley, and reduce the level of social disadvantage they face.

By under Advocacy, Community sector strengthening, Rural and regional, State Politics
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Support young people leaving care to achieve independence

21 January 2016  |  

VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission: Putting people back in the picture. The state budget submission proposes the Victorian government help support young people leaving care to transition to independent living by providing a statewide, integrated, holistic leaving care support model for all care leavers up to the age of 21, with the option to be extended to the age of 25, where required.

By under Budget, Children, Children and families, State Budget, Young people
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Protecting vulnerable Victorians from energy hardship

19 January 2016  |  

An update on the 2015 Hardship Inquiry In February 2015, the Victorian Government directed the Essential Services Commission (ESC), regulator of Victoria’s retail energy market, to conduct an inquiry into the financial hardship programs of energy retailers. The terms of reference noted the legislation governing the energy industry aims to ensure customers remain connected to supply wherever possible and disconnection should be a last resort. The inquiry was asked to investigate the design and delivery of hardship programs and the effectiveness of the regulatory regime driving them, and propose ways the programs and regulatory framework could be improved to drive better results.

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Extreme heat and vulnerable Victorian households

11 January 2016  |  

The extreme heat experienced in Victoria during December and again in January is a real risk to people’s health. The Victorian Government has developed these messages and resources on the health impacts of heat, particularly for older people, and actions to take to protect and preserve life. This advice recommends people do their best to keep their homes cool such as checking that fans or air-conditioners work well, having air-conditioners serviced if necessary, and things that can be done to make homes cooler such as installing window coverings, shade cloths or external blinds on the sides of the house facing the sun.

By under Climate change, Emergency management