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Analysis

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

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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Sep 2

The Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee of the Victorian Parliament is inquiring into the portability of long service leave


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Aug 25

A report from Carers Australia estimates that more than 1 in 8 Australians are providing informal care in 2015 and


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Aug 20

Australia needs to increase its investment in chronic disease prevention to reduce the burden of chronic disease on disadvantaged communities,


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Aug 19

People with disability should have the same right to use public transport as everyone else. VCOSS has had a long


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Aug 10

Report released by Australian Red Cross, Beyond the Blanket: The role of not-for-profits and non-traditional stakeholders in emergency management, confirms


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Aug 6

Providing a quality education to all learners is widely acknowledged as being a key way of developing a strong and


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Aug 5

The VCOSS Submission to Melbourne Water’s Draft Flood Management Strategy warns that the social and economic context in which floods


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Aug 4

As community workers, advocates and policy makers, we are in the business of social transformation. We work to transform the


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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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Jul 28

More than 120 people from across state and local government, community and social service organisations, emergency services organisations and academia


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Jul 27

A new Reconciliation Action Plan and new permanent signage to be displayed at all 350 Red Cross offices and sites


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Jul 23

Access to high quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) promotes immediate and long-term benefits to the learning and wellbeing


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Jul 21

Connection to community, family and culture is fundamental to wellbeing of Aboriginal people. However, approximately 70 per cent of Aboriginal


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Jul 7

With the election of the Andrew’s government in November last year, the first half of 2015 has proved to be


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Jul 6

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released its 2014 Report on the operation of the Charter of


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Jul 1

Deborah Fewster is the Head of Policy, Advocacy and Government Relations at Melbourne City Mission. In this guest post she


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Jun 25

Victoria’s tenancy laws should be reformed to reflect the reality of long-term renting and provide greater protections and security for


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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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Jun 17

One year on from the Hazelwood mine fire, the communities of Morwell and the broader Latrobe Valley are calling for


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Jun 16

Victoria’s vocational education and training system has undergone significant changes over recent years which are having drastic effects on how


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Jun 10

The issues vulnerable children and young people face, and the important role the community sector and families play in supporting


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Promoting important research into the causes and impacts of poverty and disadvantage in Victoria will be the focus of a


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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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Jun 2

Today, VCOSS joins with the whole community to mourn the passing of Joan Kirner, former Premier of Victoria and powerful


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Jun 1

Victoria’s escalating rate of family violence demands a societal shift in thinking that calls our entire community to focus on


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Preventing family violence, and responding holistically to the people who experience it is complex and multi-dimensional, and beyond the capability


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May 27

Victoria’s support services for vulnerable children and families are being overwhelmed by rising and more complex demands, according to a


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May 25

The severe adverse effects of 2014-15 Federal Budget cuts on Aboriginal people and services have been highlighted by the federal


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May 22

Cuts to the community sector locked in by the recent federal budget will put at risk the substantial economic and


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