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

May 21

A new VCOSS report gives a snapshot of the contribution of Victoria's community sector charities to the state's economy and


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May 13

Last night’s Federal Budget spoke a great deal about fairness but it leaves the poorest Australians to do the bulk


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May 8

The state government’s focus around emergency management in its 2015-16 budget is on supporting frontline emergency services, particularly the CFA.


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The 2015-16 Victorian State Budget contains some initiatives aimed at helping people overcome housing stress and homelessness, but leaves considerable


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VCOSS welcomes the funding certainty provided to community sector organisations in the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget. The state government has


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VCOSS and the community sector strongly support the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the additional funding


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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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With the number of child protection reports continuing to rise to record levels in Victoria, the state government’s 2015-16 budget


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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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The 2015-16 Victorian State Budget delivered some welcome initiatives to reduce inequality in health outcomes, including suicide prevention programs in


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May 7

The 2015-16 Victorian State Budget contains positive measures aimed at supporting vulnerable children and families, and better integrating services for


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May 6

The government has made a substantial investment in public transport in its 2015-16 state budget, including infrastructure projects such as


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The state government has prioritised tackling unemployment in its 2015-16 budget, with a range of measures. These include jobs and


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VCOSS welcomes the substantial funding in the 2015-16 State Budget aimed at building local communities and promoting social inclusion.


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The 2015-16 Victorian State Budget funds a range of welcome key initiatives in the areas of early childhood, youth engagement


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Tens of thousands of Victorian families will receive welcome assistance with spiralling school costs this year, with confirmation that new


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May 5

Prevent family violence VCOSS welcomes $81.3 million funding in the 2015-16 Victorian State Budget that delivers on a range of


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VCOSS welcomes those commitments in today’s state budget that will help tackle poverty and disadvantage in the Victorian community. Today’s


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Apr 30

Family violence is deeply traumatic for the people and families involved, and has consequences for the justice, health, housing, education


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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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Apr 22

Finding ways to connect people with the information and services that can support them can be a challenge. VCOSS member,


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Apr 21

The 2015-16 state budget, to be presented in May 2015, presents an excellent opportunity for the Victorian Government to fund


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Apr 20

Evidence of Victoria’s affordable housing crisis continues mount. In Melbourne alone, there are over 50,000 households living in unaffordable rental


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Apr 15

Victorian energy retailers are breaching customer protections and wrongfully disconnecting people from their essential energy supplies at a growing and


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Apr 13

It is clear that Victoria today is facing a jobs crisis. Youth unemployment is at its highest level since the


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The state government can increase vulnerable people’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster and emergency events


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Apr 8

It is time for Victoria to pursue a new approach to reducing crime in the community that addresses the reasons


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Apr 7

City of Whittlesea leads the way with its Safe in Our Homes, Safe in Our Communities Family Violence and Gender


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Apr 1

Victoria’s unemployment and youth unemployment rates are at their highest levels in decades. In late 2014 the State’s unemployment rate


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Mar 31

The VCOSS State Budget Submission 2015-16 Building a Victoria without poverty recommends the state government build on the success of


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