Olivia lives with the rare Kleefstra Syndrome.

Analysis

VCOSS experts regularly scrutinise new research, social trends and policy approaches, and discuss ways to create a fairer and more just society.

Jun 16

The 2021-22 Budget confirms the Government’s continued commitment to high-quality education and early learning.


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Jun 9

This Budget largely focused on targeted expansions or continuations of services helping people in financial hardship.


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Jun 1

The community sector, like many other industries, is facing new challenges and disruptions because of COVID-19.


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This Budget builds on the record investment of the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build.


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May 31

This Budget includes funding for the long-awaited spent conviction scheme.


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The Budget includes $3.8 billion to begin implementation of the Mental Health Royal Commission recommendations.


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The Budget commits funding to a range of community-focused initiatives.


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May 28

Communities impacted by the Black Summer bushfires will benefit from investment in essential services.


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The 2021-22 Budget invests $354 million to support victim survivors and address family violence.


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Some jobseekers will require targeted support to participate in the state’s economic recovery.


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May 14

A guest article with Leanne Petrides, Community Information & Support Cranbourne


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May 11

Does the 2021 Federal Budget deliver the right type and scale of investment across critical areas of social policy?


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We've come a long way. But Victoria must keep up the momentum to end homelessness.


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Apr 15

A quick note to Australia's new Disability Services Minister marking her first day in the job


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Mar 29

There are more than 130 changes to Victoria’s renting rules. Here are the key ones.


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Mar 24

A guest post from an angry NDIS participant, about what the proposed 'independent assessment' process will mean.


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Mar 16

It can be painful to tell our own stories (again, and again, and again…).


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Mar 10

Guest blog from Karen Dimmock, CEO of Association for Children with Disability.


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Feb 17

In an industry defined by short-term contracts and a mobile workforce, sometimes the challenge is being counted.


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Dec 1

What can you say to those who bang on about government debt? A lot, actually.


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Nov 24

"The pandemic has made bold interventions a necessity, and the government isn't missing its shot."


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Nov 6

For some of us, this is life and it does not end.


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Oct 20

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


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Sep 30

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Regulatory Impact Statement for the Proposed


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Sep 25

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


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Sep 17

 Victorian Voices a special Facebook Live series brought to you in partnership with ABC Melbourne. This episode was aired


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I just pray every day that we will be allowed to go outside of the suburb, just to get food.


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Sep 16

Although COVID-19 has been devastating, it has given Meena chance to pause and map out where she wants to take


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