VCOSS Policy Tracker

A comprehensive list of social policies proposed ahead of the 2022 Victorian election.

Our policy analysts identify, distill and record the significant social policy pledges made by Labor, the Liberal-National Coalition and the Greens.

Have me missed a policy? Please let us know.

Policy Tracker FAQs

How does VCOSS locate policies?

The detailed policy statements underpinning the major parties’ election commitments are sometimes posted online or available upon request. We will use our contacts and influence to obtain official policy documents and make them available.

What if there isn’t a formal policy document?

If no formal policy document exists we will piece together a fair representation based on public statements and media releases.

What about existing government policies?

This site specifically catalogues election pledges. Existing government policy positions are not currently listed.

When is a policy not a policy?

This is not a website that collates broad principles, philosophies or wishy-washy ‘motherhood statements’.

We list clear, specific and well-defined policies.

The Policy Tracker will not list small projects or individual grants that form part of a broader program.

For example, we will not list a promise to provide $800,000 to improve lighting in the Baconbucket Memorial Gardens. But we will happily list the wider $100 million Regional Community Upgrades Program this grant sits under.

Does VCOSS endorse political platforms or parties?

No. Never.

When we see good policy, we praise it.

If we see a particularly bad policy proposal, we’ll call it out.

Where are the Nationals?

The Policy Tracker assumes the continuation of the Liberal-National Coalition, should these two parties be in a position to form government.

Policies listed as ‘Liberal Party’ should be taken to represent the position of the Liberal-National Coalition, as led by the Liberal Party Leader, Matthew Guy.

What about the minor parties and independents?

Minor parties and independents don’t traditionally release comprehensive policy platforms.

The sheer volume of minor parties and independents contesting the Victorian election also makes cataloguing their policy positions difficult.

However, if a minor party or independent candidate releases a significant policy we will consider including it.

This will be done at our discretion. It will likely be the exception, not the rule.

⦿ Inclusion

What does VCOSS recommend?

  • A shared future for Victoria
  • Go further with gender responsive budgeting
  • Improve the wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ Victorians
  • Ensure inclusive recovery for culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians
  • More funded support for our carers
  • Make public spaces safe, accessible and inclusive
  • Tackle loneliness head-on
  • Extra support for community connector organisations
  • End digital exclusion
  • Make all mainstream services and support accessible for Victorians with a disability
  • Support people with disabilities to have choice and control over decisions that affect them
  • Fix the interface between the NDIS and state systems for Victorians with a disability
  • Increase long-term funding for the Victorian disability advocacy sector
  • Increase access to public and community transport

Read more in our 2022 Election Platform.

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Health

What does VCOSS recommend?

  • Close the Aboriginal health gap
  • Reinforce community health services
  • Offer vulnerable people health assistance before they ask for it
  • Lock in increased investment in the Women’s Health Program
  • Boost access to mental health care now, while progressing big structural reforms
  • Invest in a modern treatment system for alcohol and other drug users
  • Provide more timely access to public dental care

Read more in our 2022 Election Platform.

Labor

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Cost of living

What does VCOSS recommend?

  • Formalise Victoria’s commitment to ease the cost of living
  • Help people access existing entitlements
  • Grow the financial counselling sector to match need
  • Boost food relief now, while developing a long-term plan
  • Fund an ongoing suite of independent energy advice services
  • Wipe COVID-era utility debt for those in need
  • Remove barriers to clean, energy-efficient technology 
  • Protect household gas users from market abuse
  • Keep energy retailers honest

Read more in our 2022 Election Platform.

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Children and families

What does VCOSS recommend?

  • End childhood inequity in a generation
  • Connect more families to early help through right@home
  • Keep strengthening the child and family services system
  • Relieve cost-of-living pressure on our foster and kinship carers
  • Increase community connection and support for foster and kinship carers
  • Support the children of incarcerated Victorians
  • Increase support for parents with disability

Read more in our 2022 Election Platform.

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Education, skills and training

What does VCOSS recommend?

  • More high-quality play-based learning
  • Help vulnerable children and families engage in kindergarten
  • Support inclusion in early childhood education and care services
  • Support community-based early learning services to thrive
  • Make public education free
  • Support students with disability to thrive
  • Address learning and wellbeing needs to support student engagement
  • Prevent expulsions and suspensions
  • Give students industry insights and life skills
  • Support disadvantaged adult learners to engage in education
  • Support learners to complete VET (TAFE) qualifications
  • Provide learners with wraparound support and accessible, high-quality training
  • Support place-based training to meet local community needs

Read more in our 2022 Election Platform.

Labor

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Work

What does VCOSS recommend?

  • Target help to people locked out of good jobs
  • Develop local strategies to tackle unemployment and skills shortages 
  • Deliver Victoria’s first Youth Guarantee 
  • Advance women’s economic equity
  • Create more jobs for people with disabilities
  • Provide a pathway into work – or back to work – for carers 
  • Help people with lived experience become community service workers
  • Support the community sector as Victoria’s jobs engine room

Read more in our 2022 Election Platform.

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Community sector

What does VCOSS recommend?

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Watch this space.

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Climate

What does VCOSS recommend?

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Watch this space.

Greens

⦿ Housing and renting

What does VCOSS recommend?

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Greens

⦿ Family violence

What does VCOSS recommend?

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Watch this space.

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Justice

What does VCOSS recommend?

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Revenue

What does VCOSS recommend?

Labor

Watch this space.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

Greens

Watch this space.

⦿ Transport

What does VCOSS recommend?

  • Coming soon

Read more.

Labor

Push ahead with the Suburban Rail Loop.

NOTE: The VCOSS Policy Tracker does not list past announcements or the ongoing policies of the current Victorian Government.

Coalition

  • Scrap the Suburban Rail Loop (and spend any savings on health).

Greens

Watch this space.

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