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Making energy markets work

VCOSS submission to the review of electricity and gas retail markets in Victoria6 March 2017  |  

Energy is an essential service. Yet there are signs Victoria’s energy retail markets are not operating in consumers’ interests and need reform. Energy prices have more than doubled in the past decade, and people pay very different prices depending on which ‘offer’ they are signed up for.

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Delivering high quality services for all mental health consumers

VCOSS Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS28 February 2017  |  

Many people living with mental illness will be ineligible for NDIS individual funding packages. VCOSS believes state and federal governments have a joint responsibility to continue funding community mental health services outside of the NDIS, so these people can access support for recovery. Community mental health services in Victoria have long provided psychosocial rehabilitation and support services, helping people with mental health difficulties stay well and able to work, study, care for their families, and participate in community life.

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Helping low-income Australians access insurance

VCOSS Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Australia's general insurance industry27 February 2017  |  

People on low incomes are the most vulnerable to financial stress and hardship and the least prepared to respond to cost-of-living pressures and other financially stressful life events. They have the least resources to recover from loss, but are least able to afford the protection and security that can be provided by insurance.

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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.

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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.