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Jan 25

Think education in free in Victoria? Think again.


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Dec 31

Victorians are about to get whacked by a series of price hikes in 2018, according to Victorian Council of Social


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Dec 19

Every person in Victoria should be supported to live a good life.


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Dec 5

VCOSS supports amendments that would ensure Victorian energy customers are notified about changes to, or the expiry of, a fixed


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Dec 1

While financial literacy and capability programs are only one factor in achieving financial wellbeing, they help reduce vulnerability to financial


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Nov 22

VCOSS is very pleased the ACCC is undertaking this inquiry and exercising its powers to compel information from retailers. We


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Nov 10

On 10 October 2017 the Essential Services Commission released a draft guidance note outlining its approach to promoting and enforcing compliance with


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Oct 10

New rules for power companies in Victoria will help stop struggling energy users incurring big debts or being disconnected, the


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Oct 4

In the new report ‘Stuck in traffic? Road congestion in Sydney and Melbourne‘ the Grattan Institute has suggested the Victorian


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Aug 13

The Thwaites-Mulder review into Victoria’s power markets provides an action blueprint for the Victorian Government to ease skyrocketing prices, according


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Aug 10

We live in tough energy times. Power prices keep going up, well beyond inflation, wages, and income support payments. Staying


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Aug 9

Australian politicians must stop and listen to the voices of real people suffering under horror power price rises, Victoria’s peak


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Jul 18

Victorian wages are failing to keep pace with skyrocketing rents, costing tenants thousands of dollars each year, a VCOSS study


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Jul 12

Victorians are being pushed to the edge by electricity price rises. Our bills are now the second highest in Australia


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Jun 19

It is increasingly tough to stay connected to power and providing support for people in payment difficulty is more important


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May 9

The Victorian Council of Social Service has welcomed a plan to give new rights to people struggling to pay their


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Apr 18

VCOSS views the proposed redesign as an opportunity to strengthen, rather than diminish, financial wellbeing and capability services, particularly at


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Apr 12

"The robodebt system must be, to borrow a term used previously, must be ‘dead, buried and cremated’. It should not


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Mar 6

Energy is an essential service. Yet there are signs Victoria’s energy retail markets are not operating in consumers’ interests and need reform.


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Feb 27

People on low incomes are the most vulnerable to financial stress and hardship and the least prepared to respond to


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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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Dec 31

VCOSS is warning Victorians to be alert to a series of price hikes due to take effect in 2017. The cost


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Oct 22

A coalition of sporting and social groups is calling on the Victorian Government to make sport more affordable for children from


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Jun 6

A decade of policy failure must end. It’s time Australia’s political leaders provided certainty to our youngest learners, argues Early Learning Association Australia’s Shane


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Jan 12

VCOSS submission to the Plan Melbourne Refresh Discussion Paper


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Sep 8

Energy supply is a basic household need. People’s lighting, refrigeration, communications, cooking, heating and cooling facilities all rely on it.


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