COVID-19 changes everything and nothing

COVID under a microscopeVictoria is in a period of economic hardship and social upheaval. In blunt terms, these are hard times.

The national response to COVID-19 has been significant and far-reaching. Governments will inevitably get some things right, and some things wrong.

VCOSS will scrutinise, inform and support that response, where appropriate.

We’ll make sure the voices of people doing it tough are front and center, and that the community sector is supported to play its critical role.

We will do everything possible to ensure all Victorians emerge from this challenge stronger and more connected than before.

Key COVID links:

  • Visit the VCOSS COVID-19 resources page for critical information for the community sector.
  • Watch the September installment of our COVID-19 digital forum.
  • Read our COVID Issues Alert series designed to inform public discussion and guide speedy policy development.
  • Explore My Corona, Victorians handcrafted personal stories about the pandemic, life in isolation and the future.
  • Tell us how the pandemic is affecting you with our Your Say portal.


Media Releases

Sep 11

Victorians warn they’ll need to forego food and medicine with planned cuts to JobSeeker.

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Sep 7

The REIV need to pull their heads in and retract this misguided, callous and dangerous directive.

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Jul 8

The pandemic is far from over. So the Commonwealth's financial supports must continue.

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Issues and Analysis

It’s been really difficult, particularly with the lack of certainty.

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We're super proud that Tamara Eldridge has been announced as a Victorian Trainee of the Year finalist! Read about her journey.

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Latest policy

VCOSS produces formal submissions to dozens of inquiries and policy development processes each year. These are prepared in consultation with VCOSS members and the broader sector. Stand alone policy reports on topics of significance are also produced. You can view all our work in the VCOSS Policy Library.

VCOSS submission to the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 The Victorian Council of Social Service

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We welcome this opportunity to respond to the Regulatory Impact Statement for the Proposed Estate Agents (Education) Regulations 2020.

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For too many Victorians, good health is compromised by their income, location or cultural background.

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Oct 27



JobSeeker must be high enough to actually supports people to afford the basics and look for work, if they can.

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In Australia children as young as 10 can be jailed, this is wrong and must change.

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Australia’s housing system is broken. Change is needed.

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