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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.

Apr 13

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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Mar 25

This guest post from VAADA, examines an evaluation they commissioned of the processes employed by the then Department of Health


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Mar 20

An Auditor General report released today on Education Transitions found that while the Department of Education and Training (DET) has


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Mar 19

Today’s report by the Auditor General provides further evidence to support VCOSS’ call for better ‘middle years’ transition planning for


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Closing the Gap in health and social outcomes for Aboriginal Victorians will require strong partnerships throughout the community and must


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Mar 17

With a shocking increase in the number Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care in Victoria, VCOSS supports


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Mar 16

Calling for the Victorian state government to invest in shifting power to local governments and communities in emergency management planning,


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Moving vulnerable children out of residential care and into home-based care is a welcome approach to strengthen therapeutic care and


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Mar 12

The VCOSS 2015-16 state budget submission, Building a Victoria without poverty, sets out 12 immediate spending priority areas for this


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Mar 10

Forty years since women earned the right to equal pay for equal work, it is a poor reflection on Australia


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A new guide, prepared by Berry Street, aims to help the community and community service organisations respond effectively to emergencies


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Mar 6

In this guest blog, Dr Monica Thielking, Research Fellow at Swinburne University, takes us through the recently released report, The


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Mar 4

The community sector has an important role to play in reducing smoking rates among disadvantaged Victorians. In this guest blog


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Feb 26

The Welfare Review Report released yesterday outlines the biggest reform to Australia's social security system proposed in decades. In this


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Feb 23

The commencement of the Royal Commission and the increased support for organisations to be able to cope with increased demand


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Feb 20

Today’s Productivity Commission report on Childcare and Early Learning contains positive recommendations about increasing access to early childhood education for


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Feb 13

This week the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) tabled a much anticipated audit into Additional School Costs for Families. Its


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Feb 10

With the weather heating up significantly across Victoria this week and weekend, we are reminded of the need to ensure


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Feb 7

Moves to strengthen investment in Victoria’s out-of-home care system will help to address an urgent need to secure the safety


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Feb 5

Figures in the most recent volume of the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services show that cost is already causing


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Feb 4

VCOSS welcomes calls by the Senate Select Committee into the Abbott Government's Budget Cuts to reinstate funding for Youth Connections


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Jan 30

Victoria’s prison population and the cost of keeping prisoners in custody is spiralling out of control according to the Victorian


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Jan 29

Almost 100 people in need are turned away from homeless agencies each day, the Productivity Commission's 2015 Report on Government


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Jan 5

Victoria’s prisoners are overwhelmingly people who have faced significant disadvantage in their lives. A VCOSS submission to the Victorian Ombudsman's


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