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Hazelwood mine fire lessons must be heeded

3 September 2014  |  Victoria should heed the lessons of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry to ensure socially vulnerable people and communities are better protected and have their voices heard during disasters.

Better protections needed for energy consumers

2 September 2014  |  An ALP plan to expand the powers of the Essential Services Commission would give Victorian energy customers stronger protections and help hold energy retailers to account, says the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Victorians deserve strong protections to ensure they […]

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.