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Foster kids without proof-of-life document can’t access many services and supports, including subsidised childcare, school enrolment, and a Medicare card.
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“I worried whether I was inherently ‘evil’ for supporting my father, or even being related to him”
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“Personal responsibility only works if you have the personal means to do what’s required.”
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As we shift from government mandates to personal responsibility, nobody should be left behind.
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The Victorian Government’s emissions reduction target is a number with a lot riding on it.
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A new report finds that headline statistics about unemployment figures create a “false optimism” that doesn’t correspond to the reality of many Victorians’ lives.
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The decision to make a universal Power Saving Bonus the headline Budget initiative on cost-of-living issues is an important recognition that times are tough for many Victorian households.
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While some funding toward emergency resilience has been provided in the Budget, it doesn’t go far enough in the current environment.
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The funding allocated in this Budget is not sufficient to fully cover the increasing financial pressures facing the community sector.
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The 2022-23 Budget includes some sensible initiatives to improve justice system responses, but misses the opportunity to adopt a justice reinvestment strategy.
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VCOSS is pleased to see that gender responsive budgeting will be embedded in Victorian legislation to ensure that an equality lens is applied to all future budget processes.
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The Budget delivers much to like in early childhood education, schools, training and skills.
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We know that employment figures don’t always tell the full story, so we continue to advocate for policy measures and programs that wrap support around disadvantaged jobseekers.
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The theme of the Victorian Government’s 2022-23 Budget is ‘Putting Patients First’, and it’s certainly a bonanza for the health system, which has been put to the test during COVID-19.
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There are countless initiatives in the State Budget that would form part of a wellbeing economy. It is time to package these initiatives in a coherent way and imbue the budget with priorities linked to what Victorians care about most.
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The 2022-23 Budget could have gone further to ensure that all Victorians have safe, stable and affordable homes. 
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Free education. It’s the promise of fairness on which our egalitarian ideals rest, right?
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On Thursday 24 March 2022, the Final Report of the Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice System was tables.
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ANALYSIS “We are all the experts in our own lives.” This simple statement feels intuitive and self-evident. Who understands my…
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Today is the one-year anniversary of Victoria’s new rental rules. What’s working, what’s not and what needs to go further?
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