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Helping Victorians facing disadvantage gain work

6 January 2016  |  

VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission Putting people back in the picture. The state budget submission proposes the state government further support vulnerable Victorians facing disadvantage to overcome barriers to work and gain meaningful, secure employment by developing and funding a Workforce Participation Plan.

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Supporting vulnerable displaced workers to gain skills and employment

15 December 2015  |  

A growing number of Victorian workers are facing involuntary job loss due to business closures, downsizing or their particular jobs being made obsolete. [1]  This is driven by significant changes to the Victorian and Australian economies including technological advances, globalisation, and a shift away from traditional industries such as manufacturing, to service industries, including health care and social assistance and education and training.[2]  Displaced workers, particularly those who are vulnerable, often experience long periods of unemployment and if they do gain work it is more likely to be in part-time or insecure work arrangements, with lower pay, less hours and less job security. [3] Thus the “costs of job displacement may be substantial and long-lasting” [4] for the individual, their families and the broader community.

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