VCOSS raises awareness of the existence, causes and effects of poverty in Victoria, and develops solutions.
Our role includes:
- Researching new and existing approaches,
- Responding to current and proposed government policies,
- Advocating for change, both publicly and privately, and
- Coordinating community sector responses to emerging issues.
To do this, we are in constant dialogue with VCOSS members, people with lived experience, policymakers and others.
We select policy areas that are the most critical and where we can make the biggest contribution.
Browse all VCOSS policy reports and submissions here.
2023 VCOSS Victorian Budget Submission
Coming soon after an 2022 Victorian election, this carefully focused submission is geared towards helping the re-elected Government realise its progressive goals and promises.
Recommendations fit thematically into two broad streams. Measures that:
- Directly assist with the smooth and timely delivery of election promises, and
- Align with the Government’s existing reform agenda.
In addition, we identify areas not directly related to the Government’s election agenda or ongoing reform goals, but requiring attention in this budget cycle.
- Responding to the 2022 floods across northern Victoria, and
- Preparing for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
(We are currently updating this section.)
The 10-Year Community Services Industry Plan presents a unified vision for the Victorian community services industry and the actions required to achieve this vision.
The Human Services and Health Partnership Implementation Committee (HSHPIC) was established in 2004 to guide and implement the commitments of the 2002 Human Services and Health Partnership Agreement.
Learn all about Victoria’s new rental rules.
VCOSS plays a critical role in negotiating the terms of the standard Funding and Service agreement, on which most fudning agreements between the Victorian Government and communtiy sector organisations are based.
VCOSS is working wth organisations providing disability information and advocacy services to build their capacity for the transition to the NDIS ILC (and other funding sources).
As the peak body for Victoria’s social service organisations, VCOSS represents members on numerous government panels, steering groups and advisory bodies, etc. See below.
We also proudly work with universities, NGOs, businesses, unions, service providers and other peak bodies to achieve the greatest impact, while maintaining our independence.
The latest from VCOSS staff and member organisations.
VCOSS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country. We pay respect to Elders both past and present, and to emerging leaders. Our offices are located on the sovereign, unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.