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Rehabilitation, mental health & addiction programs trump prisons any day, says veteran crime writer John Silvester. theage.com.au/victoria/law-a…
If housing was considered in inflation data (a key cost-of-living gauge), the rate would be "significantly higher".… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Low-income earners tend to live in areas or conditions more likely to be adversely affected by climate change, and have far less ability to move or adjust their living circumstances to adapt to it.
VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission: Putting people back in the picture. It puts forward a proposal to provide children and families with holistic support from integrated services.
The economic costs of increased health-related, employment and community costs following a natural disaster are examined for the first time in a new report, The Economic Cost of the Social Impact of Natural Disasters.
A new Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry report makes strong recommendations for place-based, community building approaches to help improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the Latrobe Valley, and reduce the level of social disadvantage they face.
VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission: Putting people back in the picture. The state budget submission proposes the Victorian government help communities overcome entrenched disadvantage by establishing a social innovation fund to support place-based initiatives that enable organisations to participate without needing to cut existing community services they deliver to people.
Public transport is important for people experiencing disadvantage because it allows people to access valuable life opportunities, including employment, education, health and community services and opportunities to participate in family and community life. VCOSS members report that many of the people they work with find it difficult to access their services, as well as healthcare, work and social activities, because of the lack of transport options in rural and regional Victoria.
VET is important in supporting the Victorian economy and community, and provides an important pathway to employment for many people facing disadvantage. The VCOSS submission to VET Funding Review Issues Paper responds to interim review findings and key areas identified for further consultation.