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Federal funding cuts hurting Aboriginal people and services

25 May 2015  |  

The severe adverse effects of 2014-15 Federal Budget cuts on Aboriginal people and services have been highlighted by the federal government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) tender process, VCOSS says in a federal parliamentary submission.VCOSS' submission to the inquiry into the IAS tender process highlights the adverse effects of these budget cuts on Aboriginal people and services and recommends that the most vulnerable people should be protected from budget savings measures.It also reports some of the problems with the IAS tender process experienced by VCOSS members and Victorian ... Read More

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Strengthening the state: A snapshot of Victoria’s community sector charities

21 May 2015  |  

Victoria’s community sector organisations make a significant contribution to the strengthening the state’s economy and society. They generate high levels of economic activity, employment and volunteer support. They deliver positive service and advocacy programs that help people overcome disadvantage and build brighter futures. Through doing this, they help build strong, cohesive self-reliant communities.In preparing Strengthening the state, VCOSS aims to provide the first overall snapshot of Victoria’s registered community sector charities. The report is made possible through the release of data ... Read More

By under Advocacy, Community sector, Community sector strengthening, Sector Sustainability, Sector Sustainability Newsletters
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2015-16 State Budget Snapshot: Build resilient and engaged local communities

8 May 2015  |  

Build resilient and engaged local communities The state government’s focus around emergency management in its 2015-16 budget is on supporting frontline emergency services, particularly the CFA. The government has also previously committed to implementing all recommendations of the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire Board of Inquiry. Its 2015-16 budget announcements for these commitments include funding for a new emergency services hub for fire and ambulance services in Morwell, coal mine fire management training for fire fighters and specialist firefighting equipment. Initiatives at a glance $25.4m ... Read More

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2015-16 State Budget Snapshot: Tackle the housing crisis

8 May 2015  |  

Tackle the housing crisis The 2015-16 Victorian State Budget contains some initiatives aimed at helping people overcome housing stress and homelessness, but leaves considerable room for more to be done over future budgets to tackle this rapidly growing crisis. Many people across Victoria are experiencing housing stress, with rising rates of homelessness, a lack of growth in social housing, and an increasingly unaffordable private rental market. With the Treasurer Tim Pallas stating in his post-budget speech that he wishes to put housing affordability on the agenda in the future, VCOSS ... Read More

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2015-16 State Budget Snapshot: Strengthening the community sector to help people thrive

8 May 2015  |  

Strengthening the community sector to help people thrive VCOSS welcomes the funding certainty provided to community sector organisations in the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget. The state government has allocated $935 million towards covering community sector wage increases mandated under the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO). This will assist community organisations to meet the costs of increased wages and attract and retain skilled, professional staff. While indexation for 2015-16 has been provided on the same basis as the previous three-year funding and service agreement, at a rate of 2 ... Read More

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2015-16 State Budget Snapshot: Create communities inclusive of people with disability

8 May 2015  |  

Create communities inclusive of people with disability VCOSS and the community sector strongly support the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the additional funding accompanying it. The 2015-16 Victorian State Budget’s continued investment in the NDIS trial site in Barwon is welcome. Pending the full implementation of the NDIS in 2019, the significant investment in this state budget of up to 830 additional Individual Support Packages (ISPs) will assist some of the nearly 4,400 people on ISP waiting lists, who are unable to find supported accommodation or ... Read More

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2015-16 State Budget Snapshot: Address the causes of crime

8 May 2015  |  

Make communities safer by addressing the causes of crime VCOSS welcomes the focus in the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget on reducing recidivism and investing in health, education and rehabilitation services and facilities in prisons. The budget contains positive initiatives that shift the balance away from funding rising prison costs, and move instead towards improving community corrections options, reducing reoffending and supporting prisoners to rehabilitate. In future budgets, the state government can build on this budget’s focus on preventing reoffending and encouraging rehabilitation, ... Read More

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2015-16 State Budget Snapshot: Make child protection work

8 May 2015  |  

Make child protection work With the number of child protection reports continuing to rise to record levels in Victoria, the state government’s 2015-16 budget investment measures to help reduce the number of children and young people entering the system is very welcome. Greater support for carers and children in out-of-home care, and continued support for young people to transition from residential care to independent living, are also very welcome steps towards enhancing the lives of vulnerable children and young people in child protection. Children and young people in the care of the ... Read More

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2015-16 State Budget Snapshot: Cut the cost of living

8 May 2015  |  

Cut the cost of living With the federal government having axed the longstanding National Partnership Agreement on Concessions, VCOSS welcomes the state government’s decision to maintain concessions funding, as revealed in the 2015-16 state budget. The ability to access concessions means low-income households’ can receive vital assistance to pay their utilities bills, use public transport, pay municipal rates and car registration, and meet other essential needs. The additional funding provided by the state government to maintain this program in the face of the withdrawal of federal government ... Read More

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2015-16 State Budget Snapshot: Create healthy communities

8 May 2015  |  

Create healthy communities The 2015-16 Victorian State Budget delivered some welcome initiatives to reduce inequality in health outcomes, including suicide prevention programs in LGBTI communities and health infrastructure in growth areas. This can be built on in future budgets by continued investment in preventative health programs and by growing the proportion of funding that goes to community and Aboriginal health services. The health system needs more than hospitals, ambulances and elective surgery waiting lists. Primary and community health services are often the first point of ... Read More

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