Policy development

Consulting with members, collecting evidence and analysing trends to develop smart policy proposals for change.

VCOSS doesn’t just raise awareness of the existence, causes and effects of poverty and inequality in Victoria.

We offer solutions.

We are in constant dialogue with our members, people with lived experience, policymakers and other experts to develop smart and workable policy approaches that will make Victoria a better place to live.

We select policy areas that are the most critical and where we can make the biggest difference. Our policy work can be found in flagship reports, formal submissions to government policy development processes and inquires, as well as in our public and private advocacy.

Our role includes:

  • Researching and developing approaches for governments and the community sector to adopt
  • Responding to current and proposed government policies and practices
  • Advocating for change using the media and through direct lobbying, and
  • Coordinating community sector responses to emerging issues.

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Power struggles
August 2017

Battling On
November 2018

A climate of fairness
October 2019