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Here are four kids explaining how they were forced to urinate on the floor of "isolation rooms" in Victorian prison… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
"It is important not to abandon our commitment to a humane, age-appropriate youth justice system." twitter.com/CCYPVictoria/s…
Warnings a large number of people living with serious mental health conditions could miss out under the NDIS.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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 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”.
Consumer Action released a report, Heat or Eat, in August this year, detailing the experience of six Victorians who have been disconnected from energy.
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.
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.
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.
The number of wrongful energy disconnections has reached an all-time high in Victoria, according to the Victorian Council of Social Service.
Victorian energy retailers are breaching customer protections and wrongfully disconnecting people from their essential energy supplies at a growing and alarming rate and must be reined in.