Olivia lives with the rare Kleefstra Syndrome.

Analysis

VCOSS experts regularly scrutinise new research, social trends and policy approaches, and discuss ways to create a fairer and more just society.

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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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 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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