The Andrews Government proudly describes itself as one of the most progressive governments in Australia, with a focus on not only ‘getting things done’ but also ‘making things fair’.
A suite of socially progressive policies were embraced in the last term of government, from overdue rental reforms to important education equity initiatives and the smooth completion of the world’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence.
A large number of smart social policies were also promised during the 2018 Victorian election campaign. VCOSS publicly welcomed these pledges at the time.
Victorians overwhelmingly embraced this positive vision, and voted for our state to continue on a path towards fairness and greater equality.
The re-election of the Andrews Government provides a significant opportunity to bed down the social policy advances of the 58th Parliament, while also delivering a further suite of bold and innovative policies to ensure every Victorian can lead a good life.
Now is also the moment to embrace and capitalise on opportunities presented by significant change in the state’s workforce, especially the exciting growth in social care and assistance jobs. Victoria only has one chance to catch this wave of opportunity.
This document serves two purposes.
Firstly, it details the initiatives and funding requirements VCOSS and our members believe are required to deliver on the positive plans the Victorian Government presented at the last election.
But it also lists the smart and effective new policies required to take Victoria to the next level, and deliver fairness, prosperity and opportunity to future generations.
Women and children deserve dignity, respect, safety and equal opportunity.