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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.

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Fairer Futures

VCOSS Submission to the Victorian Government’s review of the State Disability Plan.27 July 2016  |  

In this submission VCOSS advocates for a whole-of-government strategy which articulates the roles and responsibilities of the Victorian Government in supporting people with disability and their families and carers. The government’s plan should be inclusive of all people with disability, including people with mental health issues and people with chronic illness.

Published by under Disability, State Politics

A more accountable Victoria

VCOSS response to discussion papers on VAGO and the Victorian Ombudsman9 June 2016  |  

VCOSS supports state government reforms contained in the Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (A Stronger System) Bill 2015, recognising they are aimed at raising the accountability and transparency of Victoria’s public service system. However, with this support, VCOSS also urges some consideration around new powers contained in the reforms as they apply to the community sector, and the undertaking of significant consultation and education around the powers as they apply and are intended to be used in relation to the community sector. It also calls for further reforms to strengthen the complaints handling system as part of these reforms.

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Improving Aboriginal health and wellbeing

VCOSS Submission to Victorian Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan23 May 2016  |  

The Victorian Government is currently developing a new Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan, to ensure all Aboriginal Victorians are able to access the services and support they need, when they need them. In this submission, VCOSS highlights the need for sustained and consistent effort across government and election cycles to improve Aboriginal health and wellbeing. (Image: Michael Coghlan)

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Delivering an NDIS that meet the needs of all

VCOSS submission to the National Disability Insurance Agency 13 May 2016  |  

This submission outlines VCOSS’ recommendations for the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Commissioning Framework to ensure it delivers for all people with a disability, including those most vulnerable and people living in rural and regional areas, and provides a fair and robust grants process.

Published by under Disability
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Reducing risks for people experiencing homelessness in disasters and emergency events

VCOSS Report9 May 2016  |  

This report identifies and describes how emergencies have an adverse effects on people who experience, or are at risk of, homelessness. It draws on consultations with housing and homelessness organisations and peak bodies to determine emergencies’ immediate effects and their longer term challenges.

Published by under Community sector, Emergency management, Homelessness, Housing
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Tackling family violence and gender inequality

VCOSS submission to Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality3 May 2016  |  

One in six Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence and one in three have experienced emotional abuse from a current or previous partner since the age of 15. Family violence causes serious social, economic and health consequences for women, their children, and the broader community. This submission makes recommendations for preventing and responding effectively to family violence, and for addressing gender equality more broadly. 

Published by under Advocacy, Family violence, Justice, Women

Housing for people with disability

19 April 2016  |  

VCOSS welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback to both the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on the housing needs of people with disability. In preparing this submission, a consultation forum was convened with VCOSS members and funded disability advocacy organisations to seek their views and insights into the housing needs of people with disability, and these are reflected in this submission.

Published by under cost of living, Disability, Disability, Housing

Tackling family violence and gender inequality

19 April 2016  |  

Family violence devastates families and communities across Australia. One in six Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence and one in three have experienced emotional abuse from a current or previous partner since the age of 15.1 Family violence causes serious social, economic and health consequences for women, their children, and the broader community. Family violence is gendered in nature, overwhelmingly being perpetrated by men against women.2 Gender inequality and a belief in rigid gender roles are key determinants of violence against women, along with attitudes, behaviours, practices and systems that justify, excuse, trivialise or downplay violence against women. The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Federal Parliament’s Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality. In this submission VCOSS uses the term family violence, rather than domestic violence. This reflects our understanding that family violence is a broader term, encompassing violence between family members, as well as violence between intimate partners, and is particularly relevant in the context of Aboriginal women and children.

Published by under Family violence, Health and wellbeing