Tackling unemployment report

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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The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Investing in Victoria’s most vulnerable children

20 November 2014  |  

The number of vulnerable children and families in Victoria is growing at an alarming rate. Child welfare organisations are struggling to cope with the soaring demand for services to help these children and families. The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare has developed a 2014 election statement to identify the child welfare policy areas that need the most urgent attention from Victoria’s political parties as they prepare for the state election in November 2014. The election statement outlines five priority areas that a newly elected government should address to rescue a child ... Read More

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Luke Batty Inquest demonstrates weaknesses in protecting women and children

19 November 2014  |  

Dr Chris Atmore, Senior Policy Advisor at the Federation of Community Legal Centres attended the inquest into the death of Luke Batty. Chris’ series of blogs, following the inquest and reflecting on how the proceedings fit into the broader context of family violence, intimate partner homicides and the experiences of victims in the justice system is important reading for everyone. The inquest is continuing and will resume hearings in December. The blog outlines systemic issues in the family violence system, including information sharing across agencies, the responsibility on victims, problems ... Read More

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Family violence: How utilities providers can help, not hinder

18 November 2014  |  

By Loren Days, Research & Policy Advocate, Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre As essential services, energy and water play a unique role in domestic households and the costs can present challenges to households experiencing financial difficulty. In circumstances where domestic violence is present, these challenges are further complicated when there is a breakdown of the domestic setting and a victim is at a point of crisis. The Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre (CUAC) released the report Helping Not Hindering: Uncovering Domestic Violence & Utility Debt, which explores the policies ... Read More

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Long term plan for mental health needs detail and dollars attached

18 November 2014  |  

Last week Labor released its Plan for Mental Health with headline commitments including: A 10 year Mental Health Plan A Mental Health Workforce Plan Rebuild of Orygen Youth Mental Health Care and Research Centre Funding to improve safety in mental health facilities through safety audits and upgrades Appropriate facilities are important to delivering quality care. Capital investment in health and social services also has economic and social advantages over other large infrastructure projects through generation of employment opportunities and ongoing capacity to deliver services to ... Read More

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Youth homelessness funding welcome, but where are housing policies?

14 November 2014  |  

The Minister for Housing, The Hon. Wendy Lovell MLC, today announced that if re-elected, the Coalition government would provide an additional $6 million to Kids Under Cover for its programs to address youth homelessness. Kids Under Cover, a VCOSS member organisation, runs an integrated youth homelessness support organisation comprising their studio, scholarship and mentoring programs. The studio program offers young people fully relocatable Studios (with bathroom) constructed on the grounds of the family/carer's home. This allows families to stay connected, giving them extra room to live and ... Read More

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Fire Action Week 2014: Preparing for the 2014-15 Bushfire Season

14 November 2014  |  

Fire Action Week, which runs from 17 to 24 November, signals the start of the Victorian government’s Summer Fire Campaign. During the week, Victorian emergency services will be promoting fire awareness messages through events including CFA Sunday (24 November), when brigades across the state will open their doors to communities to discuss local risk and how to get prepared. This year, the campaign encourages Victorians to plan and prepare for fire and to know when to leave. Victorians will be receiving information on bushfire and grassfire safety in several different formats over the summer ... Read More

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