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Auditor-General reveals impact of school costs for families

13 February 2015  |  

This week the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) tabled a much anticipated audit into Additional School Costs for Families. Its objective was to assess whether the Department of Education and Training (DET) and government schools are managing parent education costs economically, efficiently and effectively and in accordance with legislation and policies.

By under Education, EMA
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Still no solution for loss of EMA

14 October 2014  |  

Recent media commentary regarding a lack of clarity about the funding for Victorian schools as part of the Gonksi deal is disheartening. It now appears that many Victorian students facing disadvantage may be short changed twice – missing out on additional school funding and losing their entitlement to the Education Maintenance Allowance.

By under Education, Education, EMA, Victorian state election
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UK Children’s Commission on Poverty providing a voice for children

23 September 2014  |  

Too often children and young people’s voices are absent from debates about the impact of poverty.  In the UK, the Children’s Society has established the Children’s Commission on Poverty.  The aim of the Commission is to highlight children’s experiences of poverty to better understand the impact of poverty on their lives and to consider what more can be done to improve living standards.

By under Budget, cost of living, Education, Education

2014-15 State Budget: Stronger children, young people and families

9 May 2014  |  

Initiatives at a glance $24.1 million for an additional 23 child protection workers to address demand in high needs areas – particularly in rural and regional Victoria – and to provide families with more access to Child FIRST family support services. This is particularly targeted towards those children exposed to family violence and children who are the subject of multiple child protection reports. $5.5 million to continue the Aboriginal Kinship Care Support Service which provides information, advice, family services and placement support services. An additional $38 million towards the implementation of the Out-of-home care: a five year plan announced in April. The full package includes funding for: 48 new residential care beds ($17.4 million) 48 new therapeutic residential placements and 100 new therapeutic home-based placements ($81.7 million) Upgrading workforce skills ($3 million) Improved technology including a new incident management system to electronically manage reporting and assist analysis of incidents ($8 million) Support for Foster and Kinship Carers including funding to meet the growth in carer payments and client expenses, the development of an improved foster care recruitment, skilling and retention strategy and additional funding for kinship carer support services and a new Kinship Carers Handbook ($18.2 million). No funding provided in this budget to increase remuneration for foster carers or client expenses. An additional $8.5 million over two years to further expand Services Connect to community service providers in eight locations across Victoria. This includes funding for IT to create a single client record across human services.  

By under Advocacy, Budget, Children, Children and families