Monthly Archives: April 2016

Apr 29

Despite increasing average living standards in Australia, these benefits are not equally shared. People earning low incomes, especially those renting,


Read More

The 2016 Victorian Budget projects substantial surpluses over the next four years. This is driven by revenue rising faster than expenditure


Read More

Work is fundamental to the Victorian economy and a key contributor to people’s sense of identity and wellbeing. Helping people


Read More

VCOSS commends the 2016 Victorian Budget for its support for LGBTI community members, with the announcement of a new Pride


Read More

Many communities across the Latrobe Valley, and Morwell in particular, have suffered from severe social and health disadvantage for many


Read More

VCOSS welcomes the 2016 Victorian Budget’s focus on diverting disadvantaged people away from the justice system and addressing the underlying


Read More

This 2016 Victorian Budget funds a number of large scale transport projects and procurements, which provides a long-term pipeline of


Read More

Summary The 2016 Victorian Budget features substantial investment in supporting the wellbeing of vulnerable children and families. Many of these


Read More
Apr 28

  Summary Good health underpins everyone’s ability to live a good life. VCOSS is encouraged the 2016 Victorian Budget includes significant


Read More

Summary The 2016 Victorian Budget includes considerable investment in housing and homelessness in response to the Family Violence Royal Commission, in


Read More

The decline in real funding for community organisations continues, while funding for community sector wage rises incurred as a result


Read More

The NDIS is a chance to improve the lives of people with disability, however, is a major change in the


Read More

Summary The 2016-17 Victorian Budget has prioritised investment in education, with substantial infrastructure funding provided to build and upgrade schools,


Read More

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


Read More
Apr 27

The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes welcome measures to support people facing disadvantage and hardship, while leaving scope for further initiatives


Read More
Apr 20

A community's ability to recover from a disaster reflects the strength of its underlying functioning. 'Resilience Strategies' from cities around


Read More

The expansion of the Drug Court of Victoria to the Melbourne region will help reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for


Read More
Apr 19

The Government Schools Funding Review, led by Steve Bracks, makes wide-ranging recommendations around using school funding to raise educational outcomes


Read More

VCOSS welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback to both the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Joint Standing Committee on


Read More

VCOSS welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on Consumer Affairs Victoria’s issues paper on rent, bonds and other charges. The


Read More

Family violence devastates families and communities across Australia. One in six Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence and


Read More
Apr 18

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


Read More
Apr 13

The Roadmap to Reform: strong families safe children package announced today is an important step towards improving the wellbeing of


Read More

In this blog, VCOSS summarises some of the key funding and policy initiatives announced in today’s package, responding to the


Read More

VCOSS welcomes the Andrews Government‘s injection of $572 million as a significant starting point for achieving the type of systemic


Read More
Apr 11

Sustained effort is needed to tackle the cultural and structural factors that are holding women back, limiting their ability to


Read More
Apr 8

The flaws in the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) tender process have been highlighted by a report of the


Read More
Apr 6

A new VCOSS report, Making energy visible, explains how in-home display units can help people lower their energy costs, and


Read More
Apr 5

The VCOSS 2016-17 State Budget Submission: Putting people back in the picture outlines a number ways the Victorian government can


Read More
Apr 1

In its response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, VCOSS called the report “a landmark moment and a turning


Read More