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The right evidence for improving education

VCOSS Submission to Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the national education evidence base4 November 2016  |  

In this submission VCOSS advocates for the development of a centralised data repository and coordination of the national education evidence so data and evidence can be easily accessed by federal, state and territory governments, across sectors and communities. This will mean they can better understand what is driving educational disadvantage and take actions to address this. We encourage mapping existing datasets to enhance existing data collections, reduce duplication and clarify their purpose.

Published by under Education, Education, Policy Areas, Submission
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Infrastructure for diverse communities

VCOSS Submission to Infrastructure Victoria’s draft 30-year strategy2 November 2016  |  

VCOSS applauds the scope and depth of Infrastructure Victoria’s draft 30-year strategy, especially its emphasis on affordable housing. In this submission, we urge the adoption of a different culture and approach by infrastructure owners to understand, collaborate and value infrastructure use for broader purposes. Our central plea is for infrastructure to be planned, designed and available for everyone. Too often, assumptions are made about people’s incomes, mobility, capabilities or behavior, excluding them from infrastructure’s benefits. Victoria’s diversity is a great strength, but harnessing diversity requires understanding difference.

Communities taking power

A VCOSS report19 October 2016  |  

Victoria’s peak social advocacy body is sending every state MP, local council and community leader a blueprint to fight poverty and disadvantage in their backyard.


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Poverty and climate change

VCOSS response to the Climate Change Adaptation Plan Directions Paper23 September 2016  |  

VCOSS believes the effects of climate change – including extreme weather and natural disasters – are profoundly discriminatory. Climate change can exacerbate the health, mental health, safety, financial and other socioeconomic aspects of people facing disadvantage, particularly those living on low incomes.

Published by under Emergency management, Emergency relief, Energy and Water, Homelessness, Housing
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Fair and equitable access to legal aid

VCOSS Submission to Victoria Legal Aid Means Test Review22 September 2016  |  

VCOSS wants to see a fair and flexible means test, recognising the complex financial circumstances people living in poverty may experience. The means test must reflect living costs in Victoria today and the financial risks experienced by low-income people.

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Regulation of property conditions in the rental market

VCOSS Submission to Residential Tenancies Act Review9 September 2016  |  

Under current Victorian laws, landlords can rent out a home that is not weatherproof, has no heating, window coverings or hot water. Bathrooms and bedrooms can be riddled with mould. Tenants are not entitled to bathing and cooking facilities, or to make minor repairs to the property. Change is desperately needed.

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More Than Charity

Victoria’s community sector charities12 August 2016  |  

Victoria’s community sector charities work to support and connect people, strengthen communities and advocate for a fair and just society. More than charity, they also make a significant economic contribution to the state, forming an $11 billion industry that employs more than 135,000 people—turning on its head any perception that the community sector is a ‘cost’ to society.