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Youth unemployment in Victoria running at 15 year high

26 August 2014  |  Victoria’s youth unemployment rate has worsened sharply in the first half of 2014 and is now at its highest monthly average level in 15 years, prompting warnings that unless we take concerted action to assist young people into meaningful employment we risk losing a generation of younger Victorians to poverty, social exclusion and limited life opportunities.

Transport poverty a real and significant problem

14 August 2014  |  People on low incomes living on Melbourne’s urban fringe and in regional areas are more reliant upon cars, have higher travel costs and are at significantly higher risk of ‘transport poverty’ than people in more affluent inner-city suburbs.

Prepayment meters not the answer for Victorians

11 August 2014  |  The Victorian Government should not introduce prepaid electricity metering for low income households as such a scheme would leave people without access to this vital essential service.

Victoria’s worsening unemployment alarming

7 August 2014  |  Victoria’s worsening unemployment rate, which has hit its highest level since 2001, is alarming and shows the urgent need for a workforce participation plan says the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Now at 7 per cent, Victoria’s growing unemployment rate  […]

Unemployed Australians should not be punished

31 July 2014  |  The increasingly harsh punitive measures mooted by the Federal Government’s Work for the Dole program will do little to help people into meaningful work and risks stigmatising vulnerable members of the community.

200,000 Victorian students to lose support for school costs

21 July 2014  |  The families of more than 200,000 Victorian school students – almost one quarter of all students in the education system – will lose targeted support for school costs from 2015, and most don’t even know it.

Federal changes put thousands of young Victorians at risk of poverty

17 July 2014  |  Tens of thousands of young Victorians will be left jobless, without assistance to find work and at increased risk of homelessness under federal government changes to the social support system, leaving the Victorian Government needing to fill the gap.