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Assist people into jobs by funding programs that work

28 July 2014  |  

"Work for the dole has a poor track record when it comes to getting people into real long-term jobs and should not be expanded at the expense of programs that work,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “Work for the Dole is a blunt instrument that doesn't provide the kind of targeted support that has been shown time and time again to be the best way of helping people find and keep jobs.” “The expanded work for the dole program announced today comes as the Federal Government has shutdown successful programs with a proven track record of getting people into meaningful employment - such as the ... Read More

Importance of high quality early learning confirmed by Productivity Commission

22 July 2014  |  

The value and importance of quality early childhood learning and its importance to vulnerable families has been confirmed by the Productivity Commission in its latest draft report on childcare and early learning. “The Productivity Commission report makes a series of recommendations that recognise the importance of giving vulnerable children the best start in life,” said Emma King, CEO of the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Crucially the commission has recommended the Commonwealth direct more funding towards early learning – recognising that better resourcing will result in better ... Read More

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. The abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance, which has helped low-income families meet school costs such as books, uniforms, excursions, camps, and IT equipment for more than 20 years, will hurt low-income families. “The loss of direct, targeted assistance puts significant burden on low-income families and risks leaving hundreds of thousands of children unable to participate ... Read More

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, warns a coalition of community services and welfare organisations. A forum in Melbourne today will hear that the youth unemployment rate in parts of the state is around 30 per cent, that up to 10,000 young Victorians are disengaging from education and work every year, that youth homelessness is growing, and that the Federal changes will dramatically ... Read More

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 strong social safety net to reduce the risk of falling into poverty and disadvantage,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “Victoria’s worsening unemployment situation means there are now more than 197,000 people who are unemployed. At 6.5 per cent, our seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is the worst in the state since January 2002.” “Alarmingly, ... Read More

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 as bushfires, floods and heatwaves can affect all Australians, no matter what their background or status – but they don’t affect us all equally,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “Experience and research tells us that disasters are in fact ‘profoundly discriminatory, both in where they strike, and in the way they affect people. Yet we still do ... Read More

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 today, is a welcome step towards addressing one of the most pressing issues in our community. "VCOSS welcomes the $30 million in new funding and we will take up the Premier's offer of continuing to consult on the further investment needed to improve the lives of our most vulnerable women and children," said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. "Violence against women and children is a society-wide problem that needs to be addressed in a coordinated and integrated ... Read More

Building a Victoria Without Poverty

30 May 2014  |  

VCOSS is today releasing its 2014 State Election Platform, a plan for creating a Victoria without poverty. 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. VCOSS Chief Executive Officer Emma King said Victoria Without Poverty offers a plan that brings people together after recent divisive rhetoric employed by the federal government in trying to make those who can least afford it bear the brunt of its proposed budget ... Read More

Australia should not consign young jobless to lives of poverty

22 May 2014  |  

Young Australians who cannot find work or study will be consigned to lives of poverty if the federal government does not reverse harsh measures contained in last week’s budget, warns the Victorian Council of Social Service. “Tearing up the social safety-net for 100,000 young people every year will leave a generation of our young people facing abject poverty and disadvantage,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “Last week’s federal budget will worsen poverty throughout the community. It is particularly harsh on younger Australians, hundreds of thousands of whom will be ineligible for government ... Read More

Royal Commission into violence against women an important step

17 May 2014  |  

The announcement from Victorian ALP Leader Daniel Andrews that, if elected, they will hold a Royal Commission into family violence is welcome recognition of the need to elevate our responses to one of the most serious and pervasive issues facing Victoria today, according to the Victorian Council of Social Service. “A Royal Commission into family violence would be an important step in determining the scope of what is happening in Victoria and who it is happening to, along with recommendations on how best to respond,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS. “Violence against women by their partners ... Read More