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The VCOSS magazine Insight is the only publication of its kind in Australia.
Focused on finding ways to end poverty and disadvantage and making the clear case for change, it explores important themes and features research, ideas, analysis and commentary from leading thinkers and practitioners on social justice. Insight is published three times a year by VCOSS, with national editions in collaboration with the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).
Each of VCOSS’ member organisations receive a free copy of Insight.
Below are the latest Insight Issues published by VCOSS. You can also subscribe to the Insight Issues RSS feed.
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Do Victorians want to live in a community that looks after its most vulnerable people or do we want to leave people further behind? This is the question we asked and the challenge we set for the major parties in the lead up to the 2014 State Election. ... Read More
This issue of Insight examines the needs of communities on Melbourne's outer fringe. From Melton to the Yarra Ranges, Whittlesea to Mornington, our fringe communities circling Melbourne need greater investment in services including transport, healthcare, jobs, housing, emergency management. ... Read More
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In this edition Editorial Carolyn Atkins, Acting VCOSS CEO Download PDF Myths, misinformation and missed opportunities We should want to prevent crime, not just punish it. Hugh de Kretser says there is no excuse for the failure of governments to act on crime prevention when there is no shortage of evidence about what works. Download PDF In Conversation Q&A with Victoria’s Attorney General, the Hon. Robert Clark Download PDF Statistics, crime and politics After decades of advocacy, the Victorian Government has announced funding to establish a ‘crime statistics agency’. Emeritus ... Read More
In this edition Editorial 2022: the future is here The issue of sector sustainability has been on the agenda for some time. Former VCOSS CEO Cath Smith looks back on a decade of looking forward and finds the seeds of an exciting, if challenging, future. Download PDF Sector reform: unfinished business There’s been much attention on the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to strengthen accountability in the not-for-profit sector – and rightly so, argues ACOSS’s Tessa Boyd-Caine. But she says the sector also needs to look at some big questions beyond ... Read More
In this edition Click on the article title to launch the online reader. Editorial Turning the housing policy Titanic around: Cassandra Goldie (ACOSS) and Cath Smith (VCOSS). Download PDF Low income + high rental is a poor equation ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie does the numbers on why $35 a day is not enough, for anyone. Download PDF The politics of housing Sarah Toohey from Australians for Affordable Housing on how and why we need to shift the agenda on housing. Download PDF In Conversation New Housing and Homelessness Minister Brendan O’Connor outlines some views and priorities in this ... Read More
In this edition Click on the article title to launch the online reader. Editorial Cath Smith, VCOSS CEO Download PDF Aftershock: the ongoing impacts of disasters Carolyn Atkins Download PDF VCOSS vox pop Download PDF Letter from Christchurch Christine Hendry Download PDF In conversation Deputy Premier Peter Ryan Download PDF A life with trauma Ruth Wraith Download PDF Wild fires Jill Miller Download PDF What works: Festival for Healthy Living Download PDF In the spotlight: Media and disasters Denis Muller Download PDF Resilience: The right ingredients Penelope ... Read More
A special national edition of Insight, published by VCOSS in collaboration with the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). In this edition Click on the article title to launch the online reader. Editorial Cath Smith, VCOSS CEO Download PDF Taxing issues ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie on why tax reform matters to the community sector, way beyond allowing sufficient revenue to be raised for programs and services. Download PDF Tax reform: agenda 1 - Personal income tax How the personal income tax system allows wealthier Australians to ‘choose’ to pay tax at a lower rate. ACOSS’ Peter ... Read More
In this edition Click on the article title to launch the online reader. Editorial Cath Smith, VCOSS CEO Download PDF Back to the future? Monash University’s Nick Economou rates the chances of a return in Victoria to Jeff Kennett-style free market radicalism. Download PDF On the agenda VCOSS’ Kate Colvin examines which doors may be opening and closing in social policy under the new Baillieu Government. Download PDF VCOSS vox pop ‘How has the agenda changed in Victoria and what will you work towards now?’ How community leaders see the political landscape, six months into the new ... Read More