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Jun 14

Victoria’s top three political leaders have used the VCOSS Good Life Summit to expand on their vision for a fairer


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May 30

The true value of a Neighbourhood House is counted in more than dollars.


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Apr 10

Helping social service organisations communicate and campaign.


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Nov 28

Güler Altunbas' story of reclaiming her happiness after a lifetime of physical, emotional and sexual violence.


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Oct 31

Revisit the moment that convinced Victorian Coroner Jacqui Hawkins of the need for a safe injecting trial in North Richmond.


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May 24

Violent men always always seek to justify and explain away their actions. Here's how they do it.


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Mar 8

Sending more and more people to prison is not making Victoria any safer. Through justice reinvestment we can redirect prison


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Jan 31

Tens of thousands of Australians have been issued with trumped up debt notices. Then they're guilted and cajoled into paying


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Jan 18

Let’s not think for a moment that by moving people on or placing them in temporary accommodation like rooming houses


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Oct 28

Planning for Australia’s rapidly changing community sector workforce presents many challenges and opportunities. With moves towards consumer-directed care, many organisations


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Oct 21

You'll be familiar with the scepticism and scorn that surrounds awareness events. “What happens after Anti-Poverty Week?” the cynic will


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Aug 1

Poker machines do immeasurably more harm than good. They create and exacerbate the social disadvantage VCOSS members are then asked


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Jun 29

Managing volunteers who turn up after an emergency or during a crisis is crucially important, writes Volunteering Victoria CEO Sue


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If Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten agree on anything it’s that “jobs of the future” seems like a pretty good


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Apr 28

Summary The Family Violence Royal Commission report was a landmark moment and a turning point in addressing the scourge of


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Apr 18

A new $51.2 million package of initiatives from the Victorian government is aimed at improving people’s health in the Latrobe


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Mar 2

The economic costs of increased health-related, employment and community costs following a natural disaster are examined for the first time


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Sep 8

Energy supply is a basic household need. People’s lighting, refrigeration, communications, cooking, heating and cooling facilities all rely on it.


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Aug 25

A report from Carers Australia estimates that more than 1 in 8 Australians are providing informal care in 2015 and


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Aug 6

Providing a quality education to all learners is widely acknowledged as being a key way of developing a strong and


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Aug 5

Submission to Melbourne Water’s Draft Flood Management Strategy


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Jul 6

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released its 2014 Report on the operation of the Charter of


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Jun 10

The issues vulnerable children and young people face, and the important role the community sector and families play in supporting


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Jun 9

A low-income energy efficiency program that complements and works with the VEET scheme, in addition to other measures within VEET,


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Mar 19

Today’s report by the Auditor General provides further evidence to support VCOSS’ call for better ‘middle years’ transition planning for


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Feb 13

This week the Victorian Auditor General’s Office (VAGO) tabled a much anticipated audit into Additional School Costs for Families. Its


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Feb 10

With the weather heating up significantly across Victoria this week and weekend, we are reminded of the need to ensure


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