Author Archives: VCOSS

Nov 13

Getting a car dealer to fix a dodgy vehicle they should never have sold is currently too hard in Victoria.


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Oct 31

Revisit the moment that convinced Victorian Coroner Jacqui Hawkins of the need for a safe injecting trial in North Richmond.


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Oct 30

New reforms should stop public housing tenants being slugged unreasonable costs for damages and repairs, writes the Victorian Public Tenants'


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Oct 17

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) strongly supports the intent of the information sharing scheme to protect children from


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VCOSS members work with vulnerable Victorians in many different types of services. Work in community services requires trust between practitioner


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Jun 15

While the United States’ approach to incarceration differs from state to state, some parts of the USA are leading the


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Jun 7

True social innovation is complicated and “not something that can be achieved in a policy speech”, economist and innovation leader


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May 5

Prof. David Hayward examines how an increased spend in the Victorian Budget 2017-2018 is possible because of a big increase


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Feb 27

Young people experiencing homelessness often miss out on support because there’s no plan or specialist support associated with their mental


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Dec 21

Christmas is a time of stress, loneliness or other challenges for many Victorians. Learn how you can help out...


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Dec 7

Victoria has a problem with the repeat and violent offending behaviours by a small number of young offenders. But we


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Nov 29

A Melbourne social enterprise is providing an innovative solution to women's homelessness.


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Sep 20

10,000 Victorian students are disengaging from education every year. But if we’re willing to listen and be flexible, we can


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Aug 22

The reasons kids become disengaged from school are often complex, and having the right supports in place is crucial to


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Jul 20

A new Victorian strategy for Aboriginal health and wellbeing will need to involve Aboriginal people in all aspects, from development


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Jun 29

Managing volunteers who turn up after an emergency or during a crisis is crucially important, writes Volunteering Victoria CEO Sue


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Jun 16

Australia’s first smash repair social enterprise, Mission Australia’s Synergy Auto Repairs is offering positive long-term outcomes for vulnerable young people.


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Unfair fees and poor dispute resolution are ruining retirement for some, warns the Consumer Action Law Centre.


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Jun 9

VCOSS supports state government reforms contained in the Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (A Stronger System) Bill 2015, recognising they


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Jun 6

A decade of policy failure must end. It’s time Australia’s political leaders provided certainty to our youngest learners, argues Early Learning Association Australia’s Shane


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Jun 2

While progress is being made, more should be done to protect vulnerable people from onerous fines and infringements, writes Justice


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May 30

An increasing number of Australian community organisations are choosing to embed acts of reconciliation deep within their business practices, writes Melbourne City Mission’s


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Apr 19

VCOSS welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback to both the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Joint Standing Committee on


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VCOSS welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on Consumer Affairs Victoria’s issues paper on rent, bonds and other charges. The


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Family violence devastates families and communities across Australia. One in six Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence and


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Mar 30

The Victorian Council of Social Service has said the report delivered by the Royal Commission into Family Violence is “a


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Mar 17

VCOSS’ submission to Infrastructure Victoria in response to the Laying the Foundations discussion paper welcomes the broad-ranging objectives and needs


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Mar 3

Narrowing the Justice Gap contains recommendations aimed to ensure people facing disadvantage across Victoria can access crucial legal support and


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Feb 22

The State of Reconciliation in Australia report is a clarion call to rethink our nation’s approach to reconciliation after more


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Jan 4

Mind Recovery College recently won a 2015 National Disability Awards for ‘Excellence in Choice and Control in Service Delivery.’


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