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Building resilient communities. . .

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Community resilience needs building long before an emergency event

VCOSS Submission to Emergency Management Victoria’s Resilient Recovery Discussion Paper3 May 2017  |  

Recovery from an emergency cannot be resilient unless the community is resilient to begin with.

Published by under Advocacy, Climate change, Community sector, Community sector strengthening, EMA, Emergency management, Emergency management, Emergency relief, Policy Areas, Rural and regional, Submission

Kinship carers need much more than a fairer payment system

VCOSS submission to the Victorian Ombudsman’s investigation28 April 2017  |  

While financial concerns are a problem for kinship carers, it is difficult to separate financial support for kinship carers from the other types of support they need.

Published by under Advocacy, Carers, Children, Children and families, Pay Equity, Policy Areas, Young People and Families
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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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Restoring Youth Justice

VCOSS submission to the Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee inquiry into youth justice centres in Victoria9 March 2017  |  

VCOSS has numerous concerns about Victoria’s youth justice centres, including staff shortages, limited support and training for staff in trauma informed practice, noncompliance with the rules governing use of isolation and seclusion, and inadequate assessment and responses to young people’s complex needs.


Navigating health and social service reform

Victorian Primary Care Partnerships6 March 2017  |  

Navigating health and social service reform was prepared by VCOSS in conjunction with Loddon Mallee PCP and the Victorian PCPs. It has been adapted by the Victorian PCPs to support PCPs across the state to assist their partner organisations to navigate the shifting sands of the health and social reform environment.