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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.

Victorians jobless rate, rental affordability worsen

10 July 2014  |  Victoria’s unemployment rate has hit a 12-year-high, on the same day that a new report shows rental affordability is worsening, says the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Victorians on low incomes and in precarious work and housing situations need a […]

Vulnerable people most at risk in disasters

13 June 2014  |  Socially vulnerable people are being put at increased risk of harm and death during emergencies due to a failure to plan for their needs, according to a report released today by the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Disasters and emergencies such […]

New family violence funding an important step

30 May 2014  |  New funding to protect and support women and children at risk of family violence, announced by Premier Denis Napthine at the VCOSS 2014 Summit, is a welcome step towards addressing one of the most pressing issues in our community.

Building a Victoria Without Poverty

30 May 2014  |  The VCOSS State Election Platform 2014 – Victoria Without Poverty outlines the top 12 ways to immediately begin building a Victoria without poverty, and the full vision for achieving it, in the next term of government.