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Protecting people with payment difficulties

VCOSS feedback on ESC payment difficulty and disconnection guidelines10 November 2017  |  

On 10 October 2017 the Essential Services Commission released a draft guidance note outlining its approach to promoting and enforcing compliance with Part 3 of the Energy Retail Code, and associated provisions relating to the protection of customers anticipating or facing payment difficulty.

Published by under Energy and Water
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Helping victims of crime recover

VCOSS submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1 November 2017  |  

VCOSS supports the Victims of Crime Assistance Scheme as an important way to offer justice to people recovering from the effects of crime. While no amount of compensation can ever make up for the losses people experience or make people feel safe again when they have been victimised, the Victims of Crime Assistance can help people feel heard and understood, and provide some real recognition of the harm experienced.

Published by under Justice
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Sharing information for timely and effective interventions

VCOSS submission to the child information sharing consultation paper17 October 2017  |  

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) strongly supports the intent of the information sharing scheme to protect children from harm and improve their wellbeing. However, information sharing is only beneficial if it leads to more timely and effective interventions for children, young people and families.

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Ensuring a smooth transition to the NDIS

Submission to NDIS Joint Standing Committee inquiry into Transitional Arrangements for the NDIS24 August 2017  |  

The NDIS brings a major shift in service provision for people with disability. VCOSS strongly supports the goals of NDIS: to provide eligible people with greater choice and control over their services and improve social and economic inclusion for all people with disability, their families and carers.