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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 29

We need a blueprint to help turn things around for thousands of young people trying to get a good job.


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Apr 24

VCOSS Submission to Issues Paper into the Social and Economic Benefits of Improving Mental Health Introduction Mental illness can affect


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Apr 16

Victoria cannot keep going this way on mental health: filling up hospital beds, reducing services, risking people’s lives.


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Apr 5

School ‘extras’ like camps, excursions, school swimming and other sports are a huge part of the school experience.


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Mar 25

More needs to be done for carers in LGBTIQ communities, writes Gabriel Aleksandrs from Drummond Street Services.


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Mar 20

The poverty rate for regional Victoria is a whopping 15.1%. This needs special attention.


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Mar 18

If you're struggling to pay high energy bills, your energy company must help you.


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Mar 15

There are four things Victoria must do to ensure everyone can stay safe and well as our climate changes.


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Parents of kids with undiagnosed genetic conditions are trying to get into a research studies to find answers and avoid


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Mar 1

Unemployment and underemployment, as well as physical and mental health problems, were the most common experiences of people falling behind


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Feb 19

So how do we ensure a big and growing Melbourne delivers a good life for every person?


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Jan 25

Ten years ago, Victorians lived through the worst heatwave and bushfires in Australia’s history. Tragically, 173 people lost their lives


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Jan 10

Affording a home doesn’t have to mean buying property; for many it means being able to pay rent.


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Jan 9

The sad reality is access to public transport in Victoria is haphazard.


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Jan 3

Extreme heat can present a serious health risk, especially to elderly people and those with medical conditions. With temperatures climbing


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