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Time for stronger laws for rooming houses

12 February 2016  |  

Currently, the Victorian Parliament is considering legislation to strengthen the ability of the government to enforce rooming house standards and provide a strengthened ‘fit and proper persons’ test. VCOSS has called for stronger regulation of the rooming house sector for many years, including in our latest State Budget Submission (p.32). We welcome the provisions of the Rooming House Operators Bill 2015, and support its passage into Victorian law.

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Towards better transport for regional Victoria

27 November 2015  |  

Public transport is important for people experiencing disadvantage because it allows people to access valuable life opportunities, including employment, education, health and community services and opportunities to participate in family and community life. VCOSS members report that many of the people they work with find it difficult to access their services, as well as healthcare, work and social activities, because of the lack of transport options in rural and regional Victoria.

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Rental reform is an opportunity for fairer, safer housing

25 September 2015  |  

Safe, secure and affordable housing is the bedrock of a good life. A home is the basis from which people build stability in their lives, and should provide the shelter, security, safety and privacy that people need to reach their potential. The private rental market is an essential component of the housing supply for low-income Victorians, with more than a third of low-income Victorians living in privately rented properties – more than in public or community housing.

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A good retirement needs decent income, housing, health and aged care

9 September 2015  |  

With an ageing population, Australians are having a debate about how to ensure that we have a decent standard of living in retirement. There is increasing concern across the community about whether our system of tax concessions for superannuation is delivering the outcomes Australians need. A good retirement requires more than an adequate income stream, it also requires people to be able to live in affordable, good quality and secure housing, and have access to affordable health care and high quality aged care.

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