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VCOSS experts regularly scrutinise new research, social trends and policy approaches, and discuss ways to create a fairer and more just society.

Aug 10

A monthly discussion forum to guide community organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Aug 5

If we're not bold enough to do what's required now, will we ever be?


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Jul 29

"If I'd been in a private high-rise block, there is no way known they could have got away with it."


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Jul 24

“We’re all in this together” goes the spin. But we’re not. Differential disadvantage means low-income people suffer more, for longer.


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Jul 16

Jinghua Qian turned freelance. A week later, COVID-19 shut down the country.


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Jul 13

If authorities are forced to impose localised 'hard lockdowns' again, how should they do it better?


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Jul 9

"Thousands of masked faces on the street in the middle of a pandemic, thousands of voices chanting, 'bla(c)k lives matter'."


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Jul 3

A monthly discussion forum to guide community organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Jun 26

It will be a long time before I, and many other disabled people, feel that we can live our lives


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Jun 17

Every day after treatment, I would drop my father off and drive to my daughter’s house for a special window-visit.


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Jun 5

A monthly discussion forum to guide community organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Jun 1

Governments can build new housing much quicker than the private sector.


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May 21

Now is the time to think big, to be bold and to take the smart steps required to deliver real


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May 6

What we’re learning in this crisis is that much of the work that keeps our society functioning is care work.


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May 5

You’d probably expect the lockdown to lead to a spike in loneliness. And you’d be right, in part.


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Apr 30

For many in our community a state of emergency is the daily reality. Emergency relief agencies are there to help.


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Apr 26

Done wrong, smartphone tracing could be a disaster. So let's do it right.


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Apr 16

For some Victorians, home is the least safe place they could be.


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Apr 15

It will take more than dog memes to get Victorians through the long winter months at home.


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Apr 13

Every household is different, and self-isolation rules will hit some harder than others.


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Apr 8

COVID-19 can infect anybody, but people with disability are more likely to catch it and die.


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Mar 31

As we rush to ban evictions and protect renters from financial ruin, some questions are emerging.


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Mar 22

Without a plan, closing schools will have potentially disastrous social consequences.


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Mar 13

Here's everything you need to know.


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Feb 17

No matter what, people who are struggling shouldn’t be left behind on energy upgrades.


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Feb 4

Financial counsellors across Victoria say they’re stressed, overworked and fearful of making bad decisions on the job.


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Feb 3

Ben Martin Hobbs explores why the in-home care system is failing the older people it’s meant to empower.


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Jan 31

A world some people can access money-saving tech and others can't is a world of growing inequality.


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Jan 6

Community organisations play such an important role for our communities during emergencies.


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Dec 24

Community organisations are themselves highly vulnerable to climate change.


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