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.

Jul 13

The ABC podcast Trace reminds us that victims and witnesses with disabilities have a right to be heard.


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Jun 15

While the United States’ approach to incarceration differs from state to state, some parts of the USA are leading the


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Jun 7

True social innovation is complicated and “not something that can be achieved in a policy speech”, economist and innovation leader


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Jun 1

People with disability have the right to be free from all forms of violence, abuse and neglect, and to be


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May 24

Violent men always always seek to justify and explain away their actions. Here's how they do it.


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May 9

The wait is finally over. The 2017 Federal Budget has been released. So, what did VCOSS members and and national


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May 5

Prof. David Hayward examines how an increased spend in the Victorian Budget 2017-2018 is possible because of a big increase


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This is another Victorian Budget with considerable investment in transport with nearly $4 billion allocated over the next four years,


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Strong growth in revenue has allowed the Victorian government to cut payroll tax and stamp duty for first home buyers


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Among welcome measures, Victoria's new 'supermax' youth jail represents a missed opportunity to create a world-class youth justice system.


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May 4

There is a reason VCOSS called the 2017 Victorian Budget "a budget with a heart". It contains a historic and


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Subsidised energy efficiency upgrades, support for choosing energy retailers and investment in financial counselling are good measures for low-income households


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Funding to support people in the transition to the NDIS and to reduce abuse in disability services are among some


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May 3

Funding to develop an Aboriginal treaty, a LGBTI inclusive Victoria and implementing the state's multicultural policy are positive investments to


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Expanding the Maternal and Child Health service and increasing the number of child protection workers through this year's Victorian Budget


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Expanding social housing through measures including a growth fund and community housing loans, the 2017 Victorian Budget is a great


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Investment in mental health, drug and alcohol services and in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in the 2017 Victorian Budget will


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There is more support for students facing disadvantage across early years and school years in the 2017 Victorian Budget, as


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The 2017 Victorian Budget includes welcome initiatives to stimulate employment growth in new industries and in localities facing disadvantage. It


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Apr 11

If just 20% of the public discussion was about how to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place, we’d


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Mar 28

Ageist stereotypes and assumptions about the capabilities of older people can be disempowering and takes away older people’s agency and


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Mar 22

Did you know a large number of people living with serious mental health conditions—up to 10,000 in Victoria alone—could miss


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Mar 15

When we place more demands on our foster carers, we have a responsibility to provide them with additional support.


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Mar 8

Sending more and more people to prison is not making Victoria any safer. Through justice reinvestment we can redirect prison


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Feb 27

Young people experiencing homelessness often miss out on support because there’s no plan or specialist support associated with their mental


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Jan 31

Tens of thousands of Australians have been issued with trumped up debt notices. Then they're guilted and cajoled into paying


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Jan 18

Let’s not think for a moment that by moving people on or placing them in temporary accommodation like rooming houses


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Jan 13

Education in a state school isn't really free, with parents increasingly asked to pay extra fees and charges. Do you


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Dec 22

For vulnerable Victorians, our summer heatwaves are more than just an excuse to head to the beach, they are a


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Dec 21

Christmas is a time of stress, loneliness or other challenges for many Victorians. Learn how you can help out...


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