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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On 10 October 2017 the Essential Services Commission released a draft guidance note outlining its approach to promoting and enforcing compliance with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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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 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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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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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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Dec 20

Victoria’s peak social advocacy body has warned not all Victorians are benefiting from the state’s social and economic growth, and


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Nov 15

In October 2016, the Australian Senate initiated an Inquiry into policy mechanisms to encourage the retirement of coal-fired power stations


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Nov 2

VCOSS applauds the scope and depth of Infrastructure Victoria’s draft 30-year strategy, especially its emphasis on affordable housing. In this


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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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Jun 9

A low-income energy efficiency program that complements and works with the VEET scheme, in addition to other measures within VEET,


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