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Every person in Victoria should have the tools, resources and support they need to lead a good life.

Nothing should be allowed to stand in the way of a person’s happiness.

But currently in Victoria, barriers do exist in many forms; geography, economic exclusion, discrimination or systemic bias. Sometimes it’s who you love, how you look, where you’re from or the body you inhabit.

VCOSS exists to raise awareness of the existence, causes and effects of poverty and inequality in Victoria—and pursue meaningful change. We push for a Victoria that is fair, just and strong.

We select policy areas that are the most critical and where we can make the biggest difference.

Our role includes

  • Researching and developing approaches for governments and the community sector to adopt
  • Responding to current and proposed government policies and practices
  • Advocating for change using the media and direct lobbying, and
  • Coordinating shared community sector responses to emerging issues.

Read our flagship research reports and submissions to policy reviews and inquiries.

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Our analysts cut through the spin to examine emerging issues, trends and policy approaches.

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VCOSS media releases, public statements, press conferences and updates.

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Each year VCOSS produces a comprehensive budget submission recommending policies to make Victoria fairer and more just.

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Elections are when we decide what kind of Victoria we want. Here are some ideas.

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We've collated all the social policy promises from the 2018 Victorian election.

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