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.

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.

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.

Recent submissions and reports


Submission on Victoria’s emissions reduction target for 2035
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Our views on ‘adding home energy rating assessments’ to the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program
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Submission to the Inquiry into Children Affected by Parental Incarceration
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Victorian Budget Submissions

VCOSS produces a formal submission to the Victorian Government each year, detailing the policies and approaches we believe should be funded.

These submissions are the result of extensive consultation with VCOSS members and partners, including frontline service agencies, affected communities, people with lived experience of poverty and disadvantage, and other peak bodies.

They contain specific recommendations to make Victoria fairer and more equitable, so every Victorian and Victorian community can experience wellbeing. Their scope is limited to actions the Victorian Government can take, and that require funding through the regular budget process.

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Analysis and insights


VCOSS statement of the departure of Ministers Merlino, Foley, Neville and Pakula.
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Victoria is on an absolute winner with its new $9 billion early childhood package.
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A new report finds that headline statistics about unemployment figures create a “false optimism” that doesn’t correspond to the reality of many Victorians’ lives.
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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.