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Australian politicians must stop and listen to the voices of real people suffering under horror power price rises, Victoria’s peak social advocacy body has warned.
In a healthy community, no-one would get stuck facing long-term disadvantage. We are all challenged by life’s ‘ups’ and ‘downs’, but for some people the ‘downs’ are much deeper and longer lasting. Early, intergenerational and locational disadvantages constrain opportunities and limit social mobility. This isn’t...
Recent evidence suggests households exposed to unaffordable housing include children, young people and their families. We know remarkably little, however, about the magnitude of this problem, and are only beginning to understand some of the ways these trends affect the childhoods and teen years of...
Many households exposed to unaffordable housing include dependent children and young people (Rowley and Ong 2012; Stone et al 2013). We know remarkably little, however, about the magnitude of this problem, and are only beginning to understand some of the ways these trends affect the...
VCOSS welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Victorian Government’s Access to Justice Review. Access to justice is fundamental to a fair and inclusive society. Inadequate human rights protection, poor legal services access and inequality before the law can have significant and farreaching impacts...
This report focuses on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) by Community Legal Centres (CLCs) to improve access to justice for disadvantaged members of the community whom they service. The aim of the research was to investigate CLCs’ use of ADR and ADR services;...
Summary WEstjustice Sunshine Youth Office client data and anecdotal reports show significant problems with public transport fares and fines for young people aged 14 to 17 years travelling to and from school.
The right to education for every young person is...
This study investigates the relationships between equity scholarships and the retention and success outcomes of recipients at three deliberately different universities, Deakin University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Sydney, for the academic year of 2013.
The new VCOSS report, Walk alongside: Co-designing social initiatives with people experiencing vulnerabilities, invites people to challenge their thinking about social problems and the people affected by them, as well as the way government and the community sector works with them. It encourages us to...
Recommends the Charter be strengthened to enhance human rights protections and provide a stronger and more enduring human rights culture in Victoria.
The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this review of the Victorian Charter...