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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.

Mar 31

As we rush to ban evictions and protect renters from financial ruin, some questions are emerging.


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Mar 22

Without a plan, closing schools will have potentially disastrous social consequences.


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Mar 13

Here's everything you need to know.


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Feb 17

No matter what, people who are struggling shouldn’t be left behind on energy upgrades.


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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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Feb 3

Ben Martin Hobbs explores why the in-home care system is failing the older people it’s meant to empower.


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Jan 31

A world some people can access money-saving tech and others can't is a world of growing inequality.


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Jan 6

Community organisations play such an important role for our communities during emergencies.


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Dec 24

Community organisations are themselves highly vulnerable to climate change.


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Dec 23

Young people tell of blowing out birthday candles in the morning and being handed a plastic bag with their possessions


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Dec 22

BY TALISHA OHANESSIAN When most of us think public education we think free education. This idea, after all, is a cornerstone of a


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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

We need a big picture, long-term strategy to fix the NDIS


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Dec 19

Simple measures like energy efficient appliances can make a huge difference to household budgets and to people’s quality of life,


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Dec 17

We already know how to end homelessness—we just need to do what works.


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The best outcomes will come when policies and programs are shaped and led by Aboriginal people.


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Victoria needs a strong community sector--with funding tied to true costs


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Cash-strapped frontline mental health services can’t wait until after the Royal Commission for funding relief.


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Victoria could make real chnage by becoming a 'wellbing economy'.


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Dec 12

One grandmother’s reflections on poverty, homelessness and belonging. By Josiane Behmoiras.


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Dec 11

A range of resources are available for organisations, clients and communities to help prepare for the summer season.


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Nov 29

The Mental Health Royal Commission's nine priority recommendations, summarised and analysed.


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Nov 22

Imagine if we declared enough was enough. That, from today, the State of Victoria would not allow one more person


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Nov 4

"My chronic pain is a whole disability on its own too. It deserves the same respect and weight."


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Oct 30

It helps to know a little something about the people who receive Newstart payments.


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Oct 11

A guest post from Consumer Policy Research Centre's Karl Barratt.


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Aug 6

How to be an awesome disability advocate online. This event featuring writer and appearence activist Carly Findlay was organised by


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Jul 2

Climate change is, among other things, an unconscionable assault on the poor.


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Jun 14

Lots of questions still need answering before the community services portable long service leave scheme starts on 1 July.


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