COVID-19 changes everything and nothing

Victoria is in a period of economic hardship and social upheaval. In blunt terms, these are hard times.

The national response to COVID-19 has been significant and far-reaching. Governments will inevitably get some things right, and some things wrong.

We are here to scrutinise, inform and support that response, where appropriate.

We’ll make sure the voices of people doing it tough are front and center, and that the community sector is supported.

We will everything possible to ensure Victorians emerge this challenge stronger and more connected than before.

 

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Media Releases

Jul 8

The pandemic is far from over. So the Commonwealth's financial supports must continue.


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Jul 4

This is public health decision, and we don't quibble with that. But we need to get this right.


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Apr 15

This package will mean renters can stay at home and help ‘flatten the curve’.


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Issues and Analysis


A monthly discussion forum to guide community organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic.


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"We can’t afford to miss this window. It may never come again."


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"If I'd been in a private high-rise block, there is no way known they could have got away with it."


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Latest policy

VCOSS produces formal submissions to dozens of inquiries and policy development processes each year. These are prepared in consultation with VCOSS members and the broader sector. Stand alone policy reports on topics of significance are also produced. You can view all our work in the VCOSS Policy Library.


The lives of Victorians changed abruptly in March 2020. Within weeks, COVID-19 triggered a crisis response from our health system.


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Family violence causes serious social, economic and health consequences.


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VCAL must provide kids with flexible learning options and career pathways while they're at school, and set them up for success beyond the school gate.


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Campaigns 

 


JobSeeker must be high enough to actually supports people to afford the basics and look for work, if they can.


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In Australia children as young as 10 can be jailed, this is wrong and must change.


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Australia’s housing system is broken. Change is needed.


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