Cost of Living

Mar 17

The last thing we need is predatory bank bosses or dodgy debt collectors making the damage of COVID-19 worse.


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Dec 20

Victorians are preparing for a series of price hikes and cost changes that take effect on 1 January 2020.


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May 30

Default pricing is a significant and very justified intervention in the Victorian energy market.


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May 6

Victorian energy retailers are attempting to block power users from getting a fairer priced deal, the state's peak social advocacy


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Jan 29

VCOSS is urging the State Government to take significant steps to ease the financial burden for school families.


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Oct 26

We welcome a political tussle over which party will do the most to get Victorians the best possible power deal.


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Aug 29

A state owned energy retailer for Victoria? It might just help.


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Jul 16

All school-age children should be able to play sport however simply making PE compulsory isn’t the right response.


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The real issue isn’t intergenerational welfare dependency, it’s intergenerational disadvantage.


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Jul 11

This is a horror show with no single villain. Many players bear the blame for high prices.


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Jan 25

Think education in free in Victoria? Think again.


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Dec 31

Victorians are about to get whacked by a series of price hikes in 2018, according to Victorian Council of Social


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Dec 19

Every person in Victoria should be supported to live a good life.


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Oct 10

New rules for power companies in Victoria will help stop struggling energy users incurring big debts or being disconnected, the


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Oct 4

In the new report ‘Stuck in traffic? Road congestion in Sydney and Melbourne‘ the Grattan Institute has suggested the Victorian


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Aug 13

The Thwaites-Mulder review into Victoria’s power markets provides an action blueprint for the Victorian Government to ease skyrocketing prices, according


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Aug 9

Australian politicians must stop and listen to the voices of real people suffering under horror power price rises, Victoria’s peak


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Jul 18

Victorian wages are failing to keep pace with skyrocketing rents, costing tenants thousands of dollars each year, a VCOSS study


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May 9

The Victorian Council of Social Service has welcomed a plan to give new rights to people struggling to pay their


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Dec 31

VCOSS is warning Victorians to be alert to a series of price hikes due to take effect in 2017. The cost


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Oct 22

A coalition of sporting and social groups is calling on the Victorian Government to make sport more affordable for children from


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Mar 22

Many people facing financial hardship may be assisted through improved, targeted assistance from energy retailers under proposals contained in a


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Jan 27

The rising use of technology in the classroom and an increasingly competitive school system is adding significant costs to families’


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Jan 19

Reports that Victoria is the most expensive place in Australia to educate a child in a government school shows the


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Dec 11

Councils of Social Service across the country have rejected the effort at so-called tax ‘reform’ emerging from the Treasurer’s and


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Sep 1

Stronger protections and better support for energy customers facing hardship must be at the centre of any response to Victoria’s


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Aug 18

Melbourne being named the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit for the fifth year running fails to


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Jun 26

The Andrews Government’s latest statement on energy efficiency shows Victoria is on the right path to using energy efficiency as


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Jun 16

The number of wrongful energy disconnections has reached an all-time high in Victoria, according to the Victorian Council of Social


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Feb 18

A review of the hardship practices of energy companies announced by the Andrews Government today will be an important opportunity


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