Media Releases

VCOSS media releases and public statements.

May 18

The Victorian Government is being urged to abolish a series of Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) fees which serve


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Apr 27

The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes welcome measures to support people facing disadvantage and hardship, while leaving scope for further initiatives


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Apr 13

VCOSS welcomes the Andrews Government‘s injection of $572 million as a significant starting point for achieving the type of systemic


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Mar 22

Many people facing financial hardship may be assisted through improved, targeted assistance from energy retailers under proposals contained in a


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Mar 3

Thousands of people facing disadvantage across Victoria are being denied access to crucial legal assistance every year due to a


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Feb 11

People living in the Latrobe Valley experiencing poorer health and greater levels of disadvantage than the rest of the state


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Jan 27

The rising use of technology in the classroom and an increasingly competitive school system is adding significant costs to families’


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Jan 19

Reports that Victoria is the most expensive place in Australia to educate a child in a government school shows the


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Dec 16

Any overhaul of Victoria’s Vocational Education and Training sector should support students with higher needs and disadvantaged learners, and invest


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Dec 11

Councils of Social Service across the country have rejected the effort at so-called tax ‘reform’ emerging from the Treasurer’s and


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Dec 9

People with disability need strong advocacy to end the culture of abuse that is experienced by so many says the


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Oct 27

The retirement of Bernie Geary AOM from the role of Victorian Children and Young People’s Commissioner is a timely moment


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Oct 21

The upcoming summer in south-eastern Australia is being predicted to be one of the warmest and driest in decades, with


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Sep 27

Too many Victorian school students with disability and additional health and development needs are being left out by a support


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Sep 18

An application to exempt public transport operators from meeting accessibility standards for people with disability should be denied, says the


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Sep 17

The Review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities tabled in the Victorian Parliament today provides a range of


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VCOSS welcomes the recommendations of the Victorian Ombudsman in her Investigation into the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in Victoria


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Sep 14

The Victorian Council of Social Service today welcomed the significant education funding commitments made by the Andrews Government, delivering on


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Sep 7

A State Government report has found broad community consensus that too many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are missing out


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Sep 1

Stronger protections and better support for energy customers facing hardship must be at the centre of any response to Victoria’s


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Aug 24

A first of its kind for the Victorian community sector, the RMIT-VCOSS PhD Scholarship aims to strengthen the community sector’s


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Aug 18

Melbourne being named the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the fifth year running fails to


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Aug 6

The Victorian Council of Social Service welcomes the Andrews Government’s long-term plan to improve the support service system for vulnerable


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Jun 26

The Andrews Government’s latest statement on energy efficiency shows Victoria is on the right path to using energy efficiency as


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Jun 16

The number of wrongful energy disconnections has reached an all-time high in Victoria, according to the Victorian Council of Social


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Apr 16

Community sector organisations face growing demand from Victorians with increasingly complex needs. The sector needs a sustainable and appropriately indexed


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Feb 18

A review of the hardship practices of energy companies announced by the Andrews Government today will be an important opportunity


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Feb 11

A scathing report into the true costs of schooling reveals Victorian families are struggling to pay for items and activities


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Jan 19

VCOSS welcomes broad-ranging terms of reference for Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence.


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