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In May each year, the Victorian Government publishes its budget for the year ahead, detailing spending in every area of State Government programs. Decisions in the budget affect the level of services and infrastructure available to low income and disadvantaged Victorians, the distribution of taxes, and the concessions and benefits that households receive.

This means that influencing the Budget is incredibly important to achieve VCOSS’ goal of advocating for the development of a sustainable, fair and equitable society. Each year VCOSS develops a state budget submission to government to influence budget decisions. This submission is distributed to all members of Victorian parliament, to key public servants and is available on our website.

SBS14-15State Budget Submission 2014-2015 – Sharing the benefits
Read the VCOSS State Budget Submission 2014-15 outline.
Download the full report (PDF).
Media release.

State Budget Breakdown 2014-2015
Read the VCOSS State Budget Breakdown 2014-2015

State Budget Submission – Delivering on the promiseState Budget Submission 2013 – 2014 – Delivering on the promise
Read the VCOSS State Budget Submission 2013-14 outline.
Download the full VCOSS State Budget Submission 2013-14 (PDF).

State Budget Analysis 2013 – 2014
Read the State Budget analysis

Read the full 2009-10 State Budget Submission (PDFDOC).
Read the executive summary of the 2009-10 State Budget Submission (PDFDOC).
Read the VCOSS 2009-10 State Budget analysis.

VCOSS analysis of the 2009-10 State Budget evaluates the Government’s new spending initiatives against our budget priorities. Budget wins in 2009 included:

  • additional services in mental health and out-of-home care;
  • new kindergartens places; early childhood intervention services reform;
  • and resources to Close the Gap in Indigenous outcomes.

VCOSS also welcomed the increase in the water concession cap and increased price indexation for community sector services, as well as significant investments in transport, education, early childhood development, out of home care and housing funded through federal Nation Building programs.

Expectations not met in the budget included resources critically needed in supported accommodation for people with disabilities, generalist services for young people and early intervention family support services.