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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.

Nov 14

Fire Action Week, which runs from 17 to 24 November, signals the start of the Victorian government’s Summer Fire Campaign.


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Nov 13

In today’s guest blog Rachel Breman, Senior Researcher, and Marita Scott, General Manager Family and Community Services, at Baptcare outline the


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As Victoria heads towards this month’s State Election, VCOSS is calling on all parties to establish a fair funding model


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Nov 12

The VCOSS State Election Platform called for additional support for children with disabilities and their parents to participate in school.


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Nov 11

Supporting families and reducing the cost of living were highlighted as key priorities by the Coalition at its official 2014


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Nov 7

As Victoria heads to the polls VCOSS will examine the policies and positions of the major parties according to how


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Nov 6

ABS data recently analysed by CHP shows that 1-in-4 renters in Victoria are low-income households (earning $640/week or less) who


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Oct 31

Strengthening support services for clients of child protection and youth justice By: Associate Professors Philip Mendes and Pamela Snow and


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Oct 30

Anne Martinelli outlines how the One Million Homes Alliance plan to roll out energy efficiency retrofits to low income households


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Oct 29

Despite improvements made to public transport accessibility in recent years in Victoria, much more work is needed to ensure everyone


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Oct 28

The State Government has made the welcome announcement that it will direct more than $7 million towards youth diversion programs


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Oct 20

Major changes to our justice system are needed to improve access to justice for people living in rural and regional


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Oct 17

The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission’s recently released Natural Disaster Funding Draft Report argues that a greater focus on mitigation would


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Oct 16

Today, more than 300 people will phone the Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria (EWOV) with a complaint about their energy


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Oct 6

With Mental Health Week upon us, VCOSS is joining the community mental health sector in giving a voice to the


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