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This video, prepared for VCOSS’s 70th birthday celebration at the Melbourne Town Hall in November 2016, charts the organisation’s progress and evolution through the decades.
Unfair fees and poor dispute resolution are ruining retirement for some, warns the Consumer Action Law Centre.
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.
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.
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”.
VCOSS recently provided a submission Making rental housing secure to stage two of the Fairer Safer Housing review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997.
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.
VCOSS submission to the Plan Melbourne Refresh Discussion Paper