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iMatter – Helping young people avoid domestic violence and develop healthy relationships

22 April 2015  |  

Finding ways to connect people with the information and services that can support them can be a challenge. VCOSS member, Doncare, is using technology to offer useful and practical advice and assistance to people to help prevent violence and family violence.    Doncare, in Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs, has launched two Smartphone Apps in the last six months; LiveFree and iMatter.  iMatter is a violence prevention program. The program’s youth leadership approach enables young people to empower each other to navigate their relationships safely. The program’s overall aim is two-pronged: to build ... Read More

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Building a Victoria without poverty: Help every child get the best start in life to address the education gap

21 April 2015  |  

The 2015-16 state budget, to be presented in May 2015, presents an excellent opportunity for the Victorian Government to fund initiatives that will ensure every child get the best start in life. There is now irrefutable evidence that the early years before school lay the foundations for optimal development, and for later success at school. Children who begin school with good early development will remain on educational trajectories that are superior to children who begin school with poor early development[1]. Developmental vulnerability at school entry is more likely to be associated with ... Read More

By under Budget, Children, Children and families
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Building a Victoria without Poverty: Invest in social housing to tackle the housing crisis

20 April 2015  |  

Evidence of Victoria’s affordable housing crisis continues mount. In Melbourne alone, there are over 50,000 households living in unaffordable rental housing with incomes in the bottom 20 per cent of the population. The public housing waiting list remains at over 34,000 people. Home ownership rates are falling, especially among younger age groups. Having a safe, secure and affordable home is the foundation of a person’s ability to live with dignity. A lack of affordable housing is identified as a priority issue across the spectrum of VCOSS members, as addressing any other complex needs of a ... Read More

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Building a Victoria without poverty: Strengthen the community sector through fairer funding

16 April 2015  |  

Community sector organisations face growing demand from Victorians with increasingly complex needs. The sector needs a sustainable and appropriately indexed funding base to meet these challenges, and funding to meet mandated increases in wage and superannuation entitlements for employees. Victoria must strengthen the community sector to help people thrive.  A strong community sector helps people overcome disadvantage and become part of strong, cohesive, self-reliant communities. A strong community sector is able to deliver a wide range of services and programs and advocate for policies that ... Read More

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VCOSS snapshot: Youth unemployment in Victoria and Melbourne’s north

13 April 2015  |  

On 13 April 2015, VCOSS CEO, Emma King, sat down with ABC 774 Melbourne's Jon Faine to explore youth unemployment in Victoria and taking a particular focus on the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne. If you missed it you can catch up on the The Conversation Hour online. VCOSS prepared the following snapshot of youth unemployment in northern metropolitan Melbourne. It is clear that Victoria today is facing a jobs crisis. Youth unemployment is at its highest level since the 1990s and Victoria’s underemployment rate is the highest it has been in more than 40 years. Youth unemployment ... Read More

By under Education, Education, Uncategorized, Workforce participation, Young people
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Building a Victoria without poverty: Help the community sector to prepare and plan for emergencies

13 April 2015  |  

The state government can increase vulnerable people’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster and emergency events by supporting emergency planning in the community sector that builds disaster preparedness and resilience, both within community organisations, and in the broader community. Experience and research tells us that disasters are profoundly discriminatory in where they strike, and the way they affect people. For people who are already facing disadvantage, they can be overwhelming. It is estimated that around half of all community sector organisations would be ... Read More

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Building a Victoria without poverty: Make communities safer by addressing the causes of crime

8 April 2015  |  

It is time for Victoria to pursue a new approach to reducing crime in the community that addresses the reasons people offend and slows the rapidly increasing spending on prisons. VCOSS’ State Budget Submission 2015-16 Building a Victoria without poverty calls for the adoption of justice reinvestment strategies that redirect funding from policies that increase the prison population towards community initiatives that target the causes of crime. Governments have tried the ‘tough on crime’ approach. The Victorian prison population has grown more than 40 per cent over the last five years.[1] But ... Read More

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Building a Victoria without poverty: Tackling unemployment

1 April 2015  |  

Victoria’s unemployment and youth unemployment rates are at their highest levels in decades. In late 2014 the State’s unemployment rate hit 6.8 per cent, the highest it has reached  since 2001 The average monthly youth unemployment rate for 2014 was 14.6 per cent, a level which we have not seen in Victoria since the 1990s. On coming into office the Andrews Labor Government committed to creating 100,000 full-time jobs for unemployed Victorians over the next two years. Back to Work Bill The Government has made some progress on this commitment including the Back to Work Bill passing through ... Read More

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Expanding the Victorian Drug Court model

31 March 2015  |  

The VCOSS State Budget Submission 2015-16 Building a Victoria without poverty recommends the state government build on the success of the Victorian Drug Court model by rolling it out to every Magistrate’s Court jurisdiction in Victoria. This call is timely, with the KPMG Evaluation of the Drug Court of Victoria (DCV) launched in March 2015. The evaluation confirms the success of the Drug Court in working effectively with individuals with severe drug and alcohol dependency to both improve community safety and reduce crime. The Victorian Drug Court initiative is a response to the failure of ... Read More

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