Cost of Living

Feb 12

For many Victorians, rental homes will be homes for life – places where we grow up, raise a family, work,


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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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Aug 24

The Victorian Government has assured VCOSS that vulnerable households will not pay any extra on their energy bills to achieve


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Jul 27

Shopping around can reduce your power bill, but Victorians shouldn’t be left to navigate this jungle alone. The government should


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May 4

Subsidised energy efficiency upgrades, support for choosing energy retailers and investment in financial counselling are good measures for low-income households


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Jan 31

Tens of thousands of Australians have been issued with trumped up debt notices. Then they're guilted and cajoled into paying


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Jan 13

Education in a state school isn't really free, with parents increasingly asked to pay extra fees and charges. Do you


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Aug 19

Take a walk down Bourke Street, under the gaze of Parliament House, and try telling a man sleeping rough on


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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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Apr 29

Despite increasing average living standards in Australia, these benefits are not equally shared. People earning low incomes, especially those renting,


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The 2016 Victorian Budget projects substantial surpluses over the next four years. This is driven by revenue rising faster than expenditure


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Apr 6

A new VCOSS report, Making energy visible, explains how in-home display units can help people lower their energy costs, and


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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 1

Today’s report released by the Productivity Commission: Housing Decisions of Older Australians shows the need for stronger security of tenure


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Nov 20

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 19

It is time to scrap the discriminatory system of penalty fares on public transport, says the Victorian Council of Social


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Sep 9

Every year organisations across Australia participate in Anti-Poverty Week, which in 2015 will take place from 11-17 October. The week


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Sep 8

Energy supply is a basic household need. People’s lighting, refrigeration, communications, cooking, heating and cooling facilities all rely on it.


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May 8

With the federal government having axed the longstanding National Partnership Agreement on Concessions, VCOSS welcomes the state government’s decision to


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Feb 5

Figures in the most recent volume of the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services show that cost is already causing


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