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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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Homelessness and emergency management: Victorian perspectives

10 May 2016  |  

Disasters and emergencies such as bushfires, floods and heatwaves affect all Australians, no matter what their background or status. A new VCOSS report, Easing the crisis: Reducing risks for people experiencing homelessness in disasters and emergency events, states that people who are homeless – some of our most disadvantaged and marginalised community members – are at significantly greater risk from disasters and emergencies.

By under Climate change, Emergency management, Emergency relief, Homelessness, Housing, Housing
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Help make housing affordable for people facing disadvantage

28 April 2016  |  

Summary The 2016 Victorian Budget includes considerable investment in housing and homelessness in response to the Family Violence Royal Commission, in the form of a family violence housing blitz. This $152m package over two years contains many pleasing initiatives.

By under #budget-response, Homelessness, Housing, Housing, Planning, State Budget, State Politics, Urban Planning, Urban policy

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

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.

By under Homelessness, Housing, Housing