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Preventing financial crisis and exclusion

VCOSS Submission in response to the proposed redesign of the Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity18 April 2017  |  

VCOSS views the proposed redesign as an opportunity to strengthen, rather than diminish, financial wellbeing and capability services, particularly at a time of heightened financial stress.

Published by under Advocacy, Children, Community sector, Community sector strengthening, cost of living, Disability, Emergency management, Emergency relief, Essential Services, Housing, Policy Areas
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Landmark family violence report a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence

30 March 2016  |  

The Victorian Council of Social Service has said the report delivered by the Royal Commission into Family Violence is “a landmark moment and a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence in Victoria”.

Published by under Advocacy, Children, Children and families, Community sector, Community sector strengthening, Disability, Energy and Water, Essential Services, Family violence, Housing, State Budget, State Politics, Women, Young People and Families
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Energy issues for low-income households – September 2015

8 September 2015  |  

Energy supply is a basic household need. People’s lighting, refrigeration, communications, cooking, heating and cooling facilities all rely on it. VCOSS believes it is important to support people who face disadvantage to access reliable energy supply. With such issues in mind, here is a rundown of what’s been happening around energy policy issues over the last few months.

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Inquiry into the impact on Victorian Government service delivery of changes to National Partnership Agreements

31 August 2015  |  

VCOSS welcomes this Inquiry into the impact on Victorian Government Service Delivery of changes to National Partnership Agreements. Many non-government community organisations receive funding through National Partnership Agreements to assist and benefit Victorians, particularly low-income and disadvantaged Victorians. VCOSS is concerned the removal of Commonwealth Government funding through National Partnership Agreements has the potential to further fragment the service system and entrench disadvantage.

Published by under Budget, Essential Services
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Submission to Melbourne Water price review

16 July 2015  |  

As part of the 2013-18 water pricing determinations, Melbourne Water was required to provide a new five-year price plan in 2016. This joint submission with the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre and the Consumer Action Law Centre makes recommendations on three aspects of the proposed plan: the approach taken to pay for the desalination plant, proposed changes to waterways and drainage charges for non-residential customers and their impacts on households, and Melbourne Water’s customer consultation methodology.

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