Justice and Human Rights

Feb 4

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


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Dec 21

strong and vibrant communities will do more to prevent crime than any number of 'cops on the beat'.


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May 10

No matter what you call it, investing in communities works.


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Nov 16

Too many Victorians miss out on access to justice because they can’t find legal help.


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Oct 5

In Victoria, over 40 per cent of people who have been in prison will commit another crime and be back


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Aug 15

Would you ask a doctor to flip a coin to see if you’ll get a check-up and appropriate treatment?


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Jul 31

Victoria's Charter of Human Rights was an first important step. But it’s now time for the next great stride.


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May 31

No to Violence takes us inside the court system and explains the work of those tasked with engaging with men affected


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Jul 31

Why if you're poor, live in regional Victoria or happen to be Aboriginal, are you more likely to end up


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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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May 5

Among welcome measures, Victoria's new 'supermax' youth jail represents a missed opportunity to create a world-class youth justice system.


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May 4

There is a reason VCOSS called the 2017 Victorian Budget "a budget with a heart". It contains a historic and


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May 3

Funding to develop an Aboriginal treaty, a LGBTI inclusive Victoria and implementing the state's multicultural policy are positive investments to


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Mar 8

Sending more and more people to prison is not making Victoria any safer. Through justice reinvestment we can redirect prison


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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 30

This video, prepared for VCOSS’s 70th birthday celebration at the Melbourne Town Hall in November 2016, charts the organisation’s progress


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Aug 9

Four Corners shocked Australia with images from inside the Don Dale detention centre, prompting widespread condemnation and a Royal Commission.


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Aug 1

Poker machines do immeasurably more harm than good. They create and exacerbate the social disadvantage VCOSS members are then asked


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May 23

  The Victorian Government is reviewing the regulations that govern the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) fee structure. VCAT


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Apr 29

Many communities across the Latrobe Valley, and Morwell in particular, have suffered from severe social and health disadvantage for many


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VCOSS welcomes the 2016 Victorian Budget’s focus on diverting disadvantaged people away from the justice system and addressing the underlying


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Apr 20

The expansion of the Drug Court of Victoria to the Melbourne region will help reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for


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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 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 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 19

The current minimum age of criminal responsibility in Australia is out of step with international law, and evidence about children’s


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Nov 6

“They arrested me, accused me of working for the Tamil Tigers and I could not escape. They continuously tortured me


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Aug 3

Tiffany Overall, Convenor of Smart Justice for Young People, writes on how trialling a justice reinvestment approach could help tackle


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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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May 8

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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