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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 24

Kate Colvin from Council to Homeless Persons shares budget priorities that can help thousands of Victorians facing homelessness.


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May 23

All kids in Victoria should be able to get to school, wherever they live and whatever their families’ circumstances.


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May 22

Energy costs are a big issue for all Victorians, especially those with health conditions or disability.


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May 13

Better workforce data would help us plan for the future and give us a stronger platform for the community sector.


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May 10

No matter what you call it, investing in communities works.


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May 7

There are two ways you know Victoria is on the right track with its plan to introduce some price controls


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May 6

Inclusionary zoning could make affordable housing more than an unattainable dream.


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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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Nov 23

Giving every Victorian child a high-quality education relies on designing inclusive, engaging and affordable schools. Inclusive schools embrace diversity and


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Nov 22

New, clean energy is non-negotiable if we’re going to prevent the worst of climate change and reduce power bills over


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Under-investment by successive Victorian governments has seen many people fall by the wayside.


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Nov 21

VCOSS calls on all political parties to commit to investing in early childhood infrastructure.


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‘The Voices of Regional Victoria' compiles and distils the ‘burning social issues’ in the state’s regional areas.


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Nov 20

Community services...These jobs require a human touch, and cannot be automated.


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Nov 19

Natasha Brake, who works in disability advocacy, is vision impaired and has been trying to set up her NDIS plan.


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The Victorian Government is the Rocky Balboa of the toll fines Industry.


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