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May 6

The 2022-23 Budget includes some sensible initiatives to improve justice system responses, but misses the opportunity to adopt a justice


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Apr 29

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Apr 7

On Thursday 24 March 2022, the Final Report of the Inquiry into Victoria’s Criminal Justice System was tables.


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Sep 17

Submission to the Victorian Parliament's Inquiry into Victoria's Criminal Justice System


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May 31

This Budget includes funding for the long-awaited spent conviction scheme.


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Mar 11

A guest post from Megan Weier at the Centre for Social Impact. When governments talk about ‘progress’, it’s almost always


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Feb 28

Submission to the CAG Review of the Age of Criminal Responsibility


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Joint Council of Social Service Network statement to the Council of Attorneys-General


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Feb 27

Submission on the Public Engagement Framework Consultation Draft


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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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Dec 21

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


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Dec 20

At a societal level, vilification and hate divides and damages our community.


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Jul 3

VCOSS is applauding a shift towards bipartisanship on the traditional political battleground of ‘law and order’.


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Oct 11

All levels of Government must prioritise funding for the community legal sector.


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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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Jun 22

All workers have a right to feel safe at work. But mandatory sentencing is not the answer.


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Dec 22

Misleading public portrayals of crime and justice issues don't help anybody.


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Nov 30

VCOSS has joined a coalition of justice, human rights, social service and Aboriginal organisations to call on the Victorian Government


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Nov 1

VCOSS supports the Victims of Crime Assistance Scheme as an important way to offer justice to people recovering from the


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Sep 22

True love is elusive. It’s difficult to define, hard to find and even harder to keep. So when two people


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Jun 27

Victorians need fair and equitable access to legal aid. Read our submission to @VicLegalAid Means Test Review https://t.co/FjNS9IFOhb pic.twitter.com/0Yhghri8yp —


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Jun 19

Law reform to improve the court experience for victim/survivors of family violence and sexual assault have been ongoing for more


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Jun 6

The Victorian Government is rushing through dangerously regressive legislation that will make the state’s youth justice system cruel and less


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The Victorian Government is rushing through dangerously regressive legislation that will make the state’s youth justice system cruel and less


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Apr 12

"The robodebt system must be, to borrow a term used previously, must be ‘dead, buried and cremated’. It should not


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Mar 23

Victorians will be rightly horrified by the revelations in The Same Four Walls, a new investigation into cruel and ineffective


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Mar 9

VCOSS has numerous concerns about Victoria’s youth justice centres, including staff shortages, limited support and training for staff in trauma


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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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Feb 6

Changes to the youth justice system announced today are a retrograde step that will not improve community safety, the Victorian


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Nov 30

This video charts VCOSS' progress and evolution through the decades.


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