Essential Services

Nov 22

New, clean energy is non-negotiable if we’re going to prevent the worst of climate change and reduce power bills over


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Jun 20

One of Victoria's most impoverished and marginalised groups is currently denied utility concessions.


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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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Nov 3

The Latrobe Valley is again steeling itself for a fight. They’re a resilient bunch, but they can’t do it on


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Jun 29

Low-income earners tend to live in areas or conditions more likely to be adversely affected by climate change, and have


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Apr 29

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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Jan 19

An update on the 2015 Hardship Inquiry In February 2015, the Victorian Government directed the Essential Services Commission (ESC), regulator


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Dec 8

Consumer Action released a report, Heat or Eat, in August this year, detailing the experience of six Victorians who have


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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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Oct 14

Low-income Victorian households need a hardship framework that ensures people are not unfairly disconnected from essential services, along with new


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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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Jun 9

A low-income energy efficiency program that complements and works with the VEET scheme, in addition to other measures within VEET,


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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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Apr 23

Moves by the Victorian Government to stop energy retailers from being able to vary prices midway through fixed-term contracts or


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