COVID-19 changes everything and nothing

Victoria is entering a period of economic hardship and social upheaval. In blunt terms, hard times lie ahead.

The national response to COVID-19 will be significant and far-reaching. Governments will get some things right, and some things wrong. We’ll be here to help inform the response and apply scrutiny when it’s needed.

We’ll make sure the voices of people doing it tough are front and center.

Alongside frontline health workers, the community sector will also play an essential role in our community response; helping keep people safe and well, and cushioning the impacts of the looming economic downturn.

For over 70 years, VCOSS has fought for equality, fairness, economic justice and the right of every person to lead a good life, regardless of their individual circumstances.

That fight has never been so important. Our commitment to this goal is unwavering.

We will work hard to make sure the community sector is supported to play its critical role, that the response to COVID-19 and tough economic conditions are comprehensive and fair, and that we emerge from this challenge stronger and more connected than before.

There’s a lot of work to be done. It won’t be easy.

We’ll be working hard to ensure everybody is supported, and nobody is left behind.


Without a plan, closing schools will have potentially disastrous social consequences.

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The last thing we need is predatory bank bosses or dodgy debt collectors making things worse.


A continually updated ‘one stop shop’ for information and resources relevant to the community sector.

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Media Releases

Mar 17

The last thing we need is predatory bank bosses or dodgy debt collectors making the damage of COVID-19 worse.

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Feb 27

The community sector is made up of 80% women and helps people in great need. But hard-fought funding for fair

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Dec 16

“What's the use in a Triple A credit rating if people are homeless?"

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Newstart is not working. $40 per day is too low to get people through tough times.

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There’s no doubt about it; Australia’s housing system is broken. Change is needed.

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Securing change for Victorians with disability.

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