The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) is the peak organisation of the non-government social and community services sector. VCOSS raises awareness of the existence, causes and effects of poverty and inequality, and contributes to initiatives seeking to create a more just society.
VCOSS provides a strong, secular, non-party political voice for low income and disadvantaged Victorians. Our membership includes representatives of major charity and welfare organisations as well as community groups and individuals committed to creating a fairer, more equal society.
VCOSS works on policy areas that both have the most impact on low income and disadvantaged Victorians and where there is not already a strong and active voice in the community sector.
Our work includes:
- researching and developing ideas for government and community sector policies and practices that will better address poverty and inequality;
- responding to current and proposed government policies and practices;
- advocating for change using the media and direct lobbying;
- coordinating shared community sector responses to emerging issues; and
- forming collaborations with other organisations and individuals to build a stronger voice for change.
VCOSS also works to build a stronger community sector by facilitating training and development activities and by leading initiatives to ensure a stable funding base and continual improvement in practice. VCOSS hosts a number of forums and working groups.
Each year VCOSS develops a state budget submission to communicate our top priority proposals for spending to the Victorian Government. Read the VCOSS State Budget Submission for 2014-15, and the State Budget 2014-15 Breakdown.