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Strong growth in revenue has allowed the Victorian government to cut payroll tax and stamp duty for first home buyers and still see increases in revenue from these sources.
Funding to develop an Aboriginal treaty, a LGBTI inclusive Victoria and implementing the state's multicultural policy are positive investments to improve social cohesion in the 2017 Victorian Budget.
Competition in the delivery of social services isn't entirely new. So why are alarms bells sounding in some quarters?
VCOSS supports Victorian government reforms aimed to improve the state's accountability and integrity system, but urges they be further considered and implemented in a way that shows good faith, consideration and respect towards community organisations and the people they work with.
The 2016 Victorian Budget projects substantial surpluses over the next four years. This is driven by revenue rising faster than expenditure over the four years.
The decline in real funding for community organisations continues, while funding for community sector wage rises incurred as a result of the Equal Remuneration Order will be covered by the Victorian government, as announced in last year’s budget.
The NDIS is a chance to improve the lives of people with disability, however, is a major change in the way services are provided. People with disability and disability service organisations need support to manage the change. VCOSS is pleased the state government has committed funds to close the last disability institution in Victoria and provide additional support for the transition to the NDIS.
Responding to population growth and change, reducing disadvantage and enabling workforce participation will strengthen a 30-year infrastructure strategy for Victoria, VCOSS says in its new submission responding to the Laying the Foundations discussion paper.
VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission: Putting people back in the picture. The state budget submission proposes the Victorian government help communities overcome entrenched disadvantage by establishing a social innovation fund to support place-based initiatives that enable organisations to participate without needing to cut existing community services they deliver to people.