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Budget leaves most disadvantaged to do the heavy lifting

13 May 2015  |  

Last night’s Federal Budget spoke a great deal about fairness but it leaves the poorest Australians to do the bulk of the heavy lifting, says the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Several measures in the Budget are deeply concerning and will entrench poverty and disadvantage,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. "It is important to note that these measures come on the back of devastating cuts to the community sector over the past 18 months. These include cuts to mental health services, child youth and family support, community legal services, and carer respite.” “Forcing young people who ... Read More

Published under Budget

Funding for school camps and excursions will help families this year

6 May 2015  |  

Tens of thousands of Victorian families will receive welcome assistance with spiralling school costs this year, with confirmation that new funding for schools will be fast-tracked in the state budget. “Cuts to education supports by the previous state government meant more than 200,000 Victorian students started the current school year without the long-standing assistance of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) to meet the costs of things like books, uniforms, camps and excursions,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “We know that this has hit some families, schools and community organisations ... Read More

Published under Budget, Education, EMA

VCOSS welcomes budget boost to support vulnerable families

5 May 2015  |  

VCOSS welcomes those commitments in today’s state budget that will help tackle poverty and disadvantage in the Victorian community. Today’s state budget contains a number of positive measures aimed at improving education, child protection, employment, public transport and reducing family violence. “This budget is a good first step by the Andrews Government to create a solid foundation for vulnerable Victorian families and communities, and opens the way to further investment to build a Victoria without poverty over future budgets,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. Education “The budget ... Read More

Published under State Budget, State Politics

Move to end variable fixed-term energy contracts good for consumers

23 April 2015  |  

Moves by the Victorian Government to stop energy retailers from being able to vary prices midway through fixed-term contracts or charge termination fees if people leave their contracts after a price rise, are a win for consumers, says the Victorian Council of Social Service. “A fixed term contract should have a fixed price that shouldn’t be able to be varied at the energy retailers’ discretion,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “Too many Victorians are being lured into low-cost energy contracts only to find the price can be varied by the retailer with no advance notice and no recourse to ... Read More

Published under Energy and Water

Energy retailers breaching customer protections

15 April 2015  |  

Victorian energy retailers are breaching customer protections and wrongfully disconnecting people from their essential energy supplies at a growing and alarming rate and must be reined in, according to the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Energy retailers must be put on notice that Victorians will no longer accept a cavalier approach to compliance with customer protections,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “The latest report on energy retailers’ compliance from the Essential Services Commission shows there was an alarming rise in the number of wrongful disconnections, which accounted ... Read More

Published under Energy and Water, Essential Services

Auditor General report supports call for better ‘middle years’ transition planning

19 March 2015  |  

Today’s report by the Auditor General provides further evidence to support VCOSS’ call for better ‘middle years’ transition planning for children moving from primary to secondary school. “Too many young Victorians are missing out on the opportunities that education can offer due to a lack of investment and support during the critical ‘middle years’, spanning Years 5 to 8,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “Victoria needs a strong and comprehensive framework to guide middle years transition that provides much better guidance to schools. The middle years are a time when children are entering ... Read More

Building community partnerships to Close the Gap

19 March 2015  |  

Closing the Gap in health and social outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians will require strong partnerships throughout the community and must be a priority for all sides of politics, says the Victorian Council of Social Service. “All Victorians have a role to play in reducing health inequality for Victorian Aboriginal peoples,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “On National Close the Gap Day it is important that we see strong commitments from government and the community to work in partnership with Aboriginal controlled organisations to help remove the barriers to achieving health equality.” “Victorian ... Read More

Focus on therapeutic care the right approach for vulnerable children

16 March 2015  |  

Moving vulnerable children out of residential care and into home-based care is a welcome approach to strengthen therapeutic care and improve the lives of young people in the child protection system, according to the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Supporting children to move into kinship and foster care through individually tailored Flexible Support Packages will help improve therapeutic care within the child protection system,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “The State Government should be commended for moving quickly to put $43 million over 4 years towards moving children out of ... Read More

Published under Children, Children and families

Blueprint for building a Victoria without poverty

12 March 2015  |  

The Victorian Council of Social Service is releasing its 2015-16 state budget submission today, describing it as a social blueprint to build a Victoria without poverty, through practical proposals that put people first and place community needs at the heart of decision making. The VCOSS plan, Building a Victoria without poverty, sets out 12 immediate spending priority areas for this year’s state budget, and presents a series of practical proposals to address some of the biggest social issues facing Victoria, including spiralling youth unemployment, growing educational disadvantage, increasing ... Read More

Published under Budget

Disadvantaged children need early childhood education and care

20 February 2015  |  

Today’s Productivity Commission report on Childcare and Early Learning contains positive recommendations about increasing access to early childhood education for children at risk of abuse and neglect, according to the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Children at risk of abuse and neglect benefit the most from high-quality early childhood education to improve their life chances, yet services trying to enroll and keep these children in care face a labyrinthine process of red tape, meaning too many children miss out,” said Mary Sayers, Deputy CEO of VCOSS. ”The Productivity Commission’s ... Read More