VCOSS Policy Tracker

Social policy repository for the 2018 Victorian election

Welcome to your home for social policy announcements this Victorian election.

VCOSS policy experts are searching high and low for the parties’ official policy pledges.

When we find a policy document, we will post it here.

If no formal policy document exists we will piece together a fair representation based on available speeches, public statements and media releases. We will also share videos and links to politicians’ media appearances, where relevant.

It’s going to be a wild ride.

Justice, courts, fines, policing

 

Housing, homelessness, renters’ rights

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

 


Jobs, skills, employment

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

  • Watch this space.
  • The Green’s industry and employment policy principles and aims can be found here.

 

 

Cost of living, essential services, digital inclusion

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

  • Push for the establishment of a publicly-owned electricity retailer, to be called Power Victoria.
  • Advocate for Victoria to phase out fossil fuels, using a combination of energy efficiency, energy storage, energy conservation and renewable energy.
  • The Green’s energy policy principles and aims can be found here.


Education, inc. early learning, inclusive schooling

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.


Child protection, out of home care, HomeStretch

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

  • Enable foster and kinship carers to have access to the medical history records of children placed in their care within 48 hours.
  • Pilot the HomeStretch program and provide funding for 75 places per year over two years for young people transitioning from state care, to support their education, employment, housing, physical and psychological goals.

 


Family violence prevention and gender equity

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

 


Health, inc. mental health, oral health and community health

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

  • $270 million commitment to restore funding to mental health
  • Champion ‘public preventative health’, promote ‘positive health and lifestyles’ and help develop a health and wellbeing strategy to address ‘systemic barriers to health and wellbeing’.
  • The Green’s broad health policy principles and aims can be found here.

 

 


Disability, aged care, carers

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

 

 


LGBTIQ+, CALD and diversity

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

  • Watch this space.
  • Support equal access to adoption, fostering, surrogacy and assisted reproductive treatment regardless of sex characteristics, sexuality, gender identity and marital status.
  • Champion equal parenting rights for LGBTIQ+ parents.
  • Push for the establishment and expand gender clinics at hospitals and health services
  • The Green’s broad health policy principles and aims can be found here. Multicultural policy principles and aims can be found here.

 

 

 


Transport

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

  • Remove an additional 25 level crossings by 2025.
  • Build an orbital rail loop around greater Melbourne ($50b/30years).

  • $1 billion over ten years in a new Road Fix Blitz program for country and regional roads.
  • $20.5 million to overhaul traffic lights and replace with ‘Smart Traffic Lights’ to ease traffic congestion.
  • Speed up Victoria’s regional trains ($19 million).


Justice, courts, fines, policing

Election pledges will be posted as they become available. Have we missed something? Let us know.

  • Stop building new prisons and redirect funds to establishing an Independent Centre for Justice Reinvestment and $80 million in crime prevention grants.
  • Build two new drugs courts in regional Victoria to target substance abuse and related crime.
  • Repeal untargeted laws that arbitrarily increase levels of imprisonment, such as mandatory sentencing.
  • Provide $132 million over four years to the legal assistance sector (including Victoria Legal Aid, Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Services).
  • Champion justice reinvestment approaches.
  • Continue support for expanding specialist courts, such as Koori Courts, Drug Courts, the Family Violence Division of the Magistrates’ Court and Neighbourhood Justice Centres.

 

  • The Green’s broad justice policy principles and aims can be found here.

 

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