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Rehabilitation, mental health & addiction programs trump prisons any day, says veteran crime writer John Silvester. theage.com.au/victoria/law-a…
If housing was considered in inflation data (a key cost-of-living gauge), the rate would be "significantly higher".… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
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Victoria’s community sector charities are contributing billions to the state’s economy and creating thousands of jobs, despite suffering under convoluted and expensive reporting requirements, a VCOSS analysis has determined.
The Victorian Government is being urged to abolish a series of Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) fees which serve as a barrier to people facing disadvantage from pursuing justice.
The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes welcome measures to support people facing disadvantage and hardship, while leaving scope for further initiatives in the fight against poverty and inequality.
VCOSS welcomes the Andrews Government‘s injection of $572 million as a significant starting point for achieving the type of systemic change long called for, and now reflected in the findings of the Royal Commission into Family Violence landmark report.
The Victorian Council of Social Service has said the report delivered by the Royal Commission into Family Violence is “a landmark moment and a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence in Victoria”.
Many people facing financial hardship may be assisted through improved, targeted assistance from energy retailers under proposals contained in a new report released today, but a proposed measure that customers facing further difficulty paying their energy bills be required to prepay as an alternative to disconnection carries serious risks of leaving people either without electricity or gas, or in financial crisis.
Thousands of people facing disadvantage across Victoria are being denied access to crucial legal assistance every year due to a $46 million state and federal government funding gap, putting them at greater risk of falling into debt, homelessness, and contact with the criminal justice system, new VCOSS submission says.
People living in the Latrobe Valley experiencing poorer health and greater levels of disadvantage than the rest of the state need urgent funding and an innovative place-based approach to tackle it, the latest report from the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry has found.
The rising use of technology in the classroom and an increasingly competitive school system is adding significant costs to families’ back-to-school budgets, says the Victorian Council of Social Service.