2014 State Election

Voting for a Victoria without poverty – Health

26 November 2014  |  

As always, health has been a prominent issue in this 2014 State Election campaign. The major parties have placed a major focus on infrastructure, especially around acute response hospital facilities. VCOSS recognises that it is important to improve people’s access to acute care and the quality of acute care they receive. But we also believe that improving community health is about more than just providing hospitals. It is also important to strengthen primary and community care services to help identify people’s emerging health needs, prevent their conditions from becoming more serious and ... Read More

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Improving people’s health and wellbeing in the Latrobe Valley

26 November 2014  |  

The health and wellbeing of people in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley region has been a key advocacy area for VCOSS, particularly since the Hazelwood coal mine fire this year. The Latrobe Valley community is less prosperous and less healthy overall than the rest of Victoria, even though it contributes significantly to Victoria’s economic wealth. People living there fare worse than the rest of the state on a range of disadvantage indicators. There are significantly higher proportions of low-income households, unemployed people, people with disabilities and older residents.  There is also a higher ... Read More

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2014 State Election

In Conversation: Candidates speak about a Victoria without poverty

26 November 2014  |  

In the lead up to the 2014 Victorian Election, VCOSS CEO Emma King, sat down with senior Ministers, Shadow Ministers and spokespeople from each of the major parties to explore their vision for a Victoria without poverty. Coalition From left: Martin Dixon MP - Minister for Education and Mary Wooldridge MP - Minister for community Services, Mental Health, and Disability Services and Reform. ALP From left: Richard Wynne MP, Shadow Minister for Housing, Local Government & Aboriginal Affairs, Jenny Mikakos MP - Shadow Minister for Community Services, Children, Seniors & Ageing, ... Read More

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Vulnerable children need more than buildings for early learning

25 November 2014  |  

So far in the 2014 Victorian Election campaign, the Coalition and the ALP have made many promises for capital upgrades and new infrastructure for early learning. These buildings are needed, particularly in Victoria’s growth corridors, but buildings alone don’t solve problems. Vulnerable families also need to be able to better access support so their children can get the best start in life. Many children and families face complex or ‘wicked’ problems with multiple and interconnected causes that go beyond a single organisation’s ability to solve. If children can attend a high quality integrated ... Read More

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Landscapes of Violence: Women surviving family violence in regional and rural Victoria

25 November 2014  |  

Family violence, once dismissively regarded as a ‘private’ or ‘domestic’ matter is now recognised as a public issue, requiring holistic community responses. However, there has been less focus on spatial variations in regards to experiences of and responses to family violence. Rates of family violence can be significantly higher in regional, rural and remote locations. And survivors living beyond the city – predominately women and children – encounter particular barriers when seeking assistance, and access to justice. The Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice this month released a study, ... Read More

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2014 State Election

Fairer community sector funding: party announcements

24 November 2014  |  

VCOSS has called on all political parties to establish a fair funding model for community service organisations including funding for wage increases mandated by the Social, Community and Disability Services Industry Equal Remuneration Order 2012 and indexation of funding that meets the real increase in costs of providing services. At the VCOSS Annual General Meeting, held on Monday 17 November 2014, representatives of  the Coalition, the Labor Party and the Greens were asked whether their party would commit to fully fund the Equal Remuneration Order and what level or model of indexation their ... Read More

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Rental housing needs standards too

24 November 2014  |  

If you sell a car in Victoria, it’s not permitted on the road unless it meets the standards required to be 'roadworthy'. If you sell food, its preparation and packaging must meet health and safety standards. If you sell toys or cots or electrical appliances – pretty much anything, actually – there are standards that must be met. And fair enough, too: these standards aim to ensure products do what they are supposed to do, and don’t put users at risk. There’s one big exception though; rental homes. There’s actually only one standard that a rental dwelling must meet: it must have a smoke alarm ... Read More

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Filling the Youth Connections gap

24 November 2014  |  

Young people who are underemployed, leave school early or who don’t transition successfully from school to further education or employment are some of the most vulnerable in society. High youth unemployment and underemployment rates mean young people who are disengaged from education and are not in training or employment face a bleak future of financial hardship, increased likelihood of health and mental health issues and increased probability of contact with the justice system. In Victoria, about 10,000 school-aged young people are not enrolled in school and a further 6000 disengage from ... Read More

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Tackling Victoria’s unemployment problem

21 November 2014  |  

Victoria has an unemployment problem, with our unemployment rate now at levels not seen for over a decade. While it is true unemployment can affect anyone in an increasingly precarious job market, the reality is that it is more likely to affect people already facing disadvantage. When unemployment rises, it is these people who will likely be affected soonest, most often, for the longest periods, and with the most serious consequences. These are the people mostly likely to lose their jobs, and face the most difficulty finding one. They are also most likely to experience long-term unemployment, ... Read More

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Give early childhood education the priority it deserves

20 November 2014  |  

Ahead of the Victorian state election, Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) parents and service providers are calling on the next state government to do three critical things to support quality early learning in Victoria. 1. Maintain 15 hour kindergarten programs beyond 2015 The Abbott Government has consistently refused to commit to maintaining its one-third contribution to funding 15 hours of kindergarten beyond next year, despite the research evidence that demonstrates the value of quality early learning. The State Coalition has said that if the Commonwealth withdraws funding ... Read More

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