VCOSS Policy Library

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Oct 17

VCOSS members work with vulnerable Victorians in many different types of services. Work in community services requires trust between practitioner


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Sep 4

VCOSS strongly supports increasing consumer choice and empowering older people to have greater control over the services they access. But


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Aug 24

The NDIS brings a major shift in service provision for people with disability. VCOSS strongly supports the goals of NDIS:


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Aug 23

The Victorian community sector is large and complex. It comprises many thousands of organisations providing a wide range of services


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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

VCOSS welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Enhancing Victorian’s Economic Performance and Productivity Discussion Paper (the Discussion Paper) prepared


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Jul 28

A robust system for quality and safeguarding will helps prevent people with disability experiencing harm and promotes high quality service


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Jul 19

VCOSS was overwhelmingly happy with the Productivity Commission’s Position Paper on NDIS Costs, particularly the Paper’s recommendations to provide pre-planning


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Jul 12

The NDIS Code of Conduct sets out the obligations providers and workers are expected to comply with when delivering NDIS


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


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VCOSS believes people with disability living in supported disability accommodation (SDA) should have the same tenancy rights as other people


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Jun 27

Victorians need fair and equitable access to legal aid. Read our submission to @VicLegalAid Means Test Review https://t.co/FjNS9IFOhb pic.twitter.com/0Yhghri8yp —


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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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Law reform to improve the court experience for victim/survivors of family violence and sexual assault have been ongoing for more


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Jun 6

The Victorian Government is rushing through dangerously regressive legislation that will make the state’s youth justice system cruel and less


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May 16

Community organisations are the key to helping Victorians prepare for and overcome disasters and it is time to bring them


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Recovery from an emergency cannot be resilient unless the community is resilient to begin with.


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Apr 28

While financial concerns are a problem for kinship carers, it is difficult to separate financial support for kinship carers from


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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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For many people with disability, the current review of NDIS costs reinforces a perceived shift away from viewing the scheme


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Price limits and pricing policies directly affect service quality and diversity available to NDIS participants. Having an accurate and flexible


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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 28

The Essential Services Commission is currently amending the Water Customer Service Code to require water businesses to have a family violence


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Mar 10

The Victorian Council of Social Service welcomes the opportunity to provide a response to the Education and Care Services National


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Mar 9

VCOSS has numerous concerns about Victoria’s youth justice centres, including staff shortages, limited support and training for staff in trauma


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Mar 6

Navigating health and social service reform was prepared by VCOSS in conjunction with Loddon Mallee PCP and the Victorian PCPs. It has been adapted


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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 28

Many people living with mental illness will be ineligible for NDIS individual funding packages. VCOSS believes state and federal governments


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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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