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Federal Budget hurts poorest the hardest

14 May 2014  |  Federal Budget cuts will overwhelmingly hurt the poorest in our community the hardest and create an uncertain future for a number of important state-based programs and services.

Support needed to stop young people falling through the gaps

12 May 2014  |  Revelations that more than 10,000 children and young people are disengaging from schools, training and apprenticeships every year must prompt action to ensure we do not consign future generations to poverty and disadvantage, according to the Victorian Council of Social […]

New plan to improve Victoria’s social housing system

2 April 2014  |  An investment in 800 additional social housing units per year is urgently required to address Victoria’s worsening housing situation for people on low incomes, according to seven Victorian peak bodies concerned with housing affordability. In an unprecedented move, the peak […]

A first step, but no housing growth

28 March 2014  |  Victoria’s social housing framework, released today, is a first step towards securing the financial stability of our social housing system, but it will not provide any more housing for Victorians who are homeless or struggling to find affordable homes.

Out of home care plan is a step forward

25 March 2014  |  A new five year plan for children in state care and out of home care is a welcome development that will need to be appropriately funded if we are to protect Victoria’s most vulnerable children according to the Victorian Council […]

Worsening rate of child poverty needs real action

19 March 2014  |  Australia’s worsening rate of child poverty and low level of support for struggling families is a stark reminder of the impact of inequalities that persist in our society and must prompt action if we are to improve people’s lives.

Children in care must be supported and protected

13 March 2014  |  Vulnerable children and young people in care must be properly supported and better protected from harm and abuse says the Victorian Council of Social Service. ‘Victoria’s child protection system is under immense strain and this week’s revelations about the sexual […]

Reducing access to healthcare will hurt vulnerable people

20 February 2014  |  Introducing Medicare co-payments to visit a bulk-billing GP will unfairly burden low-income households and is likely increase the overall cost of our health system, warns the Victorian Council of Social Service. ‘Early intervention in healthcare can be one of the […]