Author Archives: Brooke McKail

Apr 13

In this blog, VCOSS summarises some of the key funding and policy initiatives announced in today’s package, responding to the


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Apr 8

The flaws in the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) tender process have been highlighted by a report of the


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Apr 1

In its response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, VCOSS called the report “a landmark moment and a turning


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Mar 1

VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission: Putting people back in the picture. It puts forward a proposal to


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Feb 15

VCOSS recently provided a submission Making rental housing secure to stage two of the Fairer Safer Housing review of the


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Feb 10

VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission: Putting people back in the picture. The state budget submission proposes the


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Jan 18

VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission: Putting people back in the picture. The state budget submission proposes the


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Dec 24

The cost of living for all Victorian households is set to increase in 2016 with the Victorian Council of Social


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Dec 7

VCOSS recently published its 2016-17 State Budget Submission Putting People back in the picture. The state budget submission proposes the


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Dec 2

The new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report The health of Australia’s prisoners 2015 shows that prisoners in


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Nov 20

A report released today on the recently implemented arrangements for mental health community support services and alcohol and drug treatment


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A worrying 36 per cent increase in energy and water disconnections shows the need for reform of retailers’ response to


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Nov 11

Health should be everyone’s business, with a focus on preventing illness and ensuring all Victorians can achieve and maintain good


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Oct 1

This week the State Coroner, Judge Ian Gray, handed down his findings from the inquest into the tragic death of


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Sep 29

Poor mental health is affected by, and contributes to poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion. Responsibility for laying the foundations for


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Aug 25

A report from Carers Australia estimates that more than 1 in 8 Australians are providing informal care in 2015 and


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Aug 20

Australia needs to increase its investment in chronic disease prevention to reduce the burden of chronic disease on disadvantaged communities,


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Jul 21

Connection to community, family and culture is fundamental to wellbeing of Aboriginal people. However, approximately 70 per cent of Aboriginal


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Jun 24

The review of Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights is a chance to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights.


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VCOSS submission to the Review of the Charter of Human Rights recommends the Charter be strengthened to enhance human rights


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Jun 1

Preventing family violence, and responding holistically to the people who experience it is complex and multi-dimensional, and beyond the capability


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May 25

The severe adverse effects of 2014-15 Federal Budget cuts on Aboriginal people and services have been highlighted by the federal


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May 8

VCOSS and the community sector strongly support the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the additional funding


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VCOSS welcomes the focus in the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget on reducing recidivism and investing in health, education and rehabilitation


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The 2015-16 Victorian State Budget delivered some welcome initiatives to reduce inequality in health outcomes, including suicide prevention programs in


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May 5

Prevent family violence VCOSS welcomes $81.3 million funding in the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget that delivers on a range of


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Apr 30

Family violence is deeply traumatic for the people and families involved, and has consequences for the justice, health, housing, education


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Apr 8

It is time for Victoria to pursue a new approach to reducing crime in the community that addresses the reasons


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Mar 31

The VCOSS State Budget Submission 2015-16 Building a Victoria without poverty recommends the state government build on the success of


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Mar 20

An Auditor General report released today on Education Transitions found that while the Department of Education and Training (DET) has


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