VCOSS budget submissions


2021 — Building our fairer future

This submission contains more than 50 fresh policies and approaches to drive positive and lasting social change in Victoria. But really it can be boiled down to three main elements. Victoria should:

  • Embrace policies that support and empower all people,

  • Fund social service bodies to strengthen communities, and

  • Become a ‘wellbeing economy’, so we can track our progress and success.


   Download 2021 Victorian Budget Submission



2020 — A State of Wellbeing

  • Shift to a modern wellbeing budget
  • Urgently boost funding to frontline mental health
  • Stop stealth funding cuts to community organisations
  • End the damaging funding ‘drip-feed’ to service providers
  • Progress self-determination for Aboriginal Victorians
  • A Big Build to End Homelessness
  • Make homes safe and liveable for low-income Victorians
  • Close service gaps for people with disability
  • Continue the pivot to crime prevention
  • Make public education genuinely affordable
  • If a young person is in state care, look after them until they’re 21
  • Support communities to confront climate change

   2020 VCOSS Victorian Budget Submission


2019 — Delivering Fairness

  • Make education affordable
  • Supercharge social housing construction
  • Stop homelessness before it starts
  • Upgrade homes and expand concessions to cut bills and boost wellbeing
  • Meet demand for community service workers
  • Complement free TAFE to help struggling learners
  • Replace child prisons with better alternatives
  • Better support people leaving prison
  • Boost community services quality and innovation with indexation certainty
  • Foster strong, nurturing families Invest in prevention and early intervention services for families.
  • Ensure that people experiencing mental illness continue to get the support they need
  • Stop disability service gaps emerging

   2019 VCOSS Victorian Budget Submission


2018 — Building a better Victoria

  • Develop the community services industry
  • Waive fees for high-growth community services qualifications
  • Accelerate social housing growth
  • Introduce minimum rental standards
  • Save community mental health
  • Embed Aboriginal self-determination
  • Help students with disability thrive in education
  • Replace child prisons with better alternatives
  • Increase focus on preventing family violence
  • Keep supporting young people after they leave state care
  • Provide more funding for disability advocacy
  • Assist Victorians struggling with housing and energy costs

   2018 VCOSS State Budget Submission


2017 — Empowering all Victorians

  • Build more social housing
  • Help students with disability succeed at school
  • Support every child with high quality early learning
  • Retain community mental health rehabilitation services
  • Empower young people leaving care
  • Empower people with disability through independent advocacy services
  • Cut people’s bills with energy efficiency
  • Improve access to legal assistance
  • Empower communities to deliver local solutions with a social innovation fund
  • Develop a community sector workforce plan

   2017 VCOSS State Budget Submission


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   2016-2017 VCOSS State Budget Submission

   2015-2016 VCOSS State Budget Submission

   2014-2015 VCOSS State Budget Submission