Canadian Early Childhood Education and Care Monitoring Tool provide valuable lessons for Australia

23 July 2015  |  

Access to high quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) promotes immediate and long-term benefits to the learning and wellbeing of children. However, despite these benefits many children from disadvantaged families continue to miss out on participating in quality ECEC services. And Australia is well below the OECD average when it comes to early childhood investment.

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The Aboriginal Child Placement Principle: improving compliance and ongoing connection to culture

21 July 2015  |  

Connection to community, family and culture is fundamental to wellbeing of Aboriginal people. However, approximately 70 per cent of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care in Victoria in 2013-14 were placed with non-Aboriginal carers. The Commission for Children and Young People is now inquiring into compliance with the intent of the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle.

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VCOSS in action: busy times for advocacy

7 July 2015  |  

With the election of the Andrew’s government in November last year, the first half of 2015 has proved to be an extremely busy period, with a flurry of inquiries, reviews and consultations providing a multitude of opportunities for VCOSS to capture members feedback, analyse and research the issues and present this to the Victorian Government. We have been busy responding across a wide range of areas, including the value and sustainability of community organisations, family violence, education and training, poverty and the cost of living, justice and human rights, Aboriginal Victorians and community recovery in emergencies. On top of that, in May we conducted a broad State Budget analysis of the Victorian Government’s first Budget, with 14 detailed snapshots of different portfolios.

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Human rights in emergency management

6 July 2015  |  

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released its 2014 Report on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities highlights emergency planning and management in Victoria does not always adequately consider the needs of particular people in the community who are more ‘at risk’ than others. This includes people with disabilities, children and young people, older people, and people from a CALD background.

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Strengthening the VET system to support disadvantaged Victorians

16 June 2015  |  

Victoria’s vocational education and training system has undergone significant changes over recent years which are having drastic effects on how well the system works for disadvantaged groups of people. Declining enrolments among disadvantaged groups, poor quality control, and significant funding shortfalls risk undermining the credibility of the system as a whole. The state government is conducting the VET Funding Review to determine the impact of these changes on the capacity of the system ability to meet the needs of industries and communities.

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