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New plan to improve Victoria’s social housing system

2 April 2014  |  An investment in 800 additional social housing units per year is urgently required to address Victoria’s worsening housing situation for people on low incomes, according to seven Victorian peak bodies concerned with housing affordability. In an unprecedented move, the peak […]

A first step, but no housing growth

28 March 2014  |  Victoria’s social housing framework, released today, is a first step towards securing the financial stability of our social housing system, but it will not provide any more housing for Victorians who are homeless or struggling to find affordable homes.

Out of home care plan is a step forward

25 March 2014  |  A new five year plan for children in state care and out of home care is a welcome development that will need to be appropriately funded if we are to protect Victoria’s most vulnerable children according to the Victorian Council […]

Worsening rate of child poverty needs real action

19 March 2014  |  Australia’s worsening rate of child poverty and low level of support for struggling families is a stark reminder of the impact of inequalities that persist in our society and must prompt action if we are to improve people’s lives.

Children in care must be supported and protected

13 March 2014  |  Vulnerable children and young people in care must be properly supported and better protected from harm and abuse says the Victorian Council of Social Service. ‘Victoria’s child protection system is under immense strain and this week’s revelations about the sexual […]

Reducing access to healthcare will hurt vulnerable people

20 February 2014  |  Introducing Medicare co-payments to visit a bulk-billing GP will unfairly burden low-income households and is likely increase the overall cost of our health system, warns the Victorian Council of Social Service. ‘Early intervention in healthcare can be one of the […]

Counting the cost of life in expensive Melbourne

17 February 2014  |  News that the Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Melbourne as the 5th most expensive city in the world to live in highlights the difficulties faced by disadvantaged Victorians every day, says the Victorian Council of Social Service. ‘While there are […]

Rising jobless rate needs action

14 February 2014  |  Victoria’s rising unemployment rate should prompt action to support and assist people who are out of work so they do not experience prolonged disadvantage and have the best chance of finding meaningful work.

Invest in services to create jobs for the future

11 February 2014  |  Victoria needs to act now to invest in services and infrastructure to ensure communities hit by widespread job losses can weather the current crisis and begin to build a strong economic future for the state, says the Victorian Council of […]

Communities hit by car-manufacturing job losses will need assistance

10 February 2014  |  Communities that are likely to be hardest hit by automotive and manufacturing industry job losses will need assistance to avoid being further disadvantaged as well as training and support to assist workers find new jobs, says the Victorian Council of […]