VCOSS enews
VCOSS enews Issue #106
Wednesday 13 November 2019
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Welcome to VCOSS enewsLeah Van Poppel

The 2019 VCOSS Annual General Meeting is fast approaching and now is the time to secure your spot.

The event next Friday (22 November) will feature a keynote address from Women with Disabilities Victoria CEO, Leah Van Poppel (right).

This is the perfect opportunity for VCOSS members and friends to come together and reflect on a busy year--that's included a state election, a state budget, a federal election and no less than four Royal Commissions. 

We hope you can join us.

Please note: Nominations for the VCOSS Board are also open and will close next Monday 18 November at 4pm sharp. Only those organisations and individuals who are current financial members as of Thursday 21 November 2019, 5pm are eligible to vote at the AGM.

Payment processing facilities are not available at the AGM venue. If you have a question about your membership, please 
email us or call 9235 1000.

VCOSS AGM on 22 November 2019




Disability diversity on your board

CEO, board members and executive leaders of disability organisations are invited to a special event with Christina Ryan, CEO and Founder of the Disability Leadership Institute.

The event will take place on Tuesday 19 November 2019

7.30am Breakfast is served
8.00am Workshop begins

This interactive workshop will cover:
  • The importance of disability diversity on your board
  • Throwing merit out the window
  • Making inclusion work
  • What do I do next? – Finding new board members.
This event is free but booking is essential.

'Restrictive practices' in aged care

Join FSSI and Office of the Public Advocate to explore how we manage behaviours of concern when staff are also vulnerable in jobs. This event is for social/community/aged care workers, students and anyone interested in discussing the dilemma of so-called 'restrictive practices' in aged care.

Monday 18 November 2019
9.30am arrival for 10am start


  • Prof. Joe Ibrahim, Head, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit
  • Dr. Juanita Breen Senior Lecturer, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
  • Micaela Cronin, Director FSSI
This event is free but booking is essential

Latest News and Resources

Victoria's renting laws are set to change in a big way, with the implementation of the full suite of reforms by 1 July 2020.

The new rules will increase protections for renters, while ensuring landlords can still effectively manage their properties. These will have an impact on people in private rentals, public and community housing, rooming houses, caravan parks and residential parks. 

To support the changes, the Victorian Government is consulting with the community and wants to know your view.

You can view the proposed Regulations and submit your feedback in writing on the Engage Victoria website. A Regulatory Impact Statement, outlining the costs and benefits of the proposed regulations on the community, is also available.

You can also read VCOSS's analysis of the new rules here.

Consultation will close on 18 December 2019 at 5pm. 

The Not-For-Profit People Conference is Australia’s largest event focused on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector.

We have one free registration for a lucky VCOSS member to attend the next NFP People Conference on 24 and 25 February 2020 at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Over two days and twenty-nine inspiring sessions, join five hundred team leaders and senior leaders, HR professionals and volunteer managers to explore the NFP sector’s most pressing people issues:

  • Leadership
  • Managing people well
  • People and organisational strategy
  • Strengthening HR
  • Recruitment
  • Health and wellbeing.

Click here to enter the draw before 21 November.
Winners will be drawn and notified shortly after the competition closes.

A new range of financial capacity building workshop resources are available for organisations to use in their communities and with their clients free of charge. Developed by Good Shepherd Microfinance, the “Talking Money” Financial Capacity Building Workshop Materials provide resources for five target groups:

  • Women
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • CALD young people
  • People living on a low income
  • People living in an emergency risk area. 

The resources have been designed to improve financial capability and capacity; enhance financial resilience to better cope with financial shocks including emergencies; deliver tailored information for the identified cohorts; and provide a range of information about other financial capacity building services and products, practical assistance and concessions or grants available.

The 2nd Victorian Family Violence Workforce Census will be opening very soon. 

This is an opportunity for workers to highlight key issues related to family violence that they face in the course of their work. It’s for anyone who regularly or sometimes comes into contact with victims or perpetrators of family violence.

The census collects data across a wide range of workforces including:

  • specialist family violence
  • primary prevention
  • services across the community services, health, justice, and education and training sectors.
With more than 11,000 responses, the 2017 data helped inform the development of the 10-Year industry plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response

You can register now to receive the census link when it opens (if you don't register ahead of time, you will still be able to complete the census).
The Victoria ALIVE (Abilities – Links – Inclusive – Volunteering – Everyday) Project sought to improve accessibility and inclusion for volunteers with disability in volunteer-involving organisations in Victoria.

The project report summarises findings on inclusive volunteering with a focus on:
  • Benefits of volunteering for people with disability.
  • Barriers to inclusive volunteering for organisations and people with disability.
  • Bringing about change, including:
    • a range of strategies and areas of focus for organisations to more effectively involve people with disability through volunteering, and
    • recommended initiatives to improve inclusiveness of the volunteering sector.
This project was delivered in partnership with Volunteering Victoria and Neighbourhood Houses Victoria with the support of the Victorian Government. 
In this podcast, Professor Jeremy Moss argues the concept of justice has to be front and centre of our efforts to reduce the harmful impacts of climate change. If we don’t, he says, we could make a very bad situation worse.

To avoid dangerous climate change, the world must drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions. Social and economic changes to achieve drastic emissions cuts will be costly and disruptive. The choices we make will determine who benefits and who bears the burden.

Jeremy Moss is Co-Director of the Practical Justice Initiative at the University of New South Wales, where he leads the Climate Justice Research Program. He also chaired the UNESCO working group on Climate Ethics and Energy Security. 

He is featured in this episode of Brotherhood Talks, a podcast by the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre.

 Listen on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts or Spotify and on the Brotherhood Talks web page.

Policy and research

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Lost, not forgotten
Commission for Children and Young People (Vic)
This inquiry report examines the deaths by suicide of 35 children and young people within 12 months of their involvement in child protection over the period 1 April 2007–1 April 2019.
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Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene
Committee for Economic Development of Australia
Entrenched disadvantage is unfortunately a well-known feature of the Australian socio-economic landscape. CEDA’s primary focus in this paper is on people who become stuck or are at risk of becoming stuck in disadvantage.
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‘This is not normal’: climate change and escalating bushfire risk
Climate Council of Australia
The nature of bushfires in Australia has changed. Bushfire conditions are now more dangerous than in the past, and the risk to people and property has increased. For well over 20 years scientists have warned that climate change would increase the risk of extreme bushfires in Australia. This warning was accurate. Scientists expect extreme fire weather will continue to become more frequent and severe without substantial and rapid action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim report: Neglect
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report lays the foundations for the fundamental reform and redesign of Australia’s aged care system. The Interim Report, entitled Neglect, covers much, but not all, of the work of Commissioners Richard Tracey AM, RFD, QC and Lynelle Briggs AO through to September 2019. It has found that the aged care system fails to meet the needs of our older citizens in the delivery of safe and quality care.
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Joining the dots: 2018 census of the Australian health justice landscape
Health Justice Australia
Health justice partnership (HJP) is a collaborative service model that embeds legal help in healthcare settings and teams. This practitioner-led innovation to address health-harming legal need has evolved into a movement attracting the interest of services, funders, researchers and policy makers across Australia. In 2016, Health Justice Australia (HJA) was established as a national centre of excellence for health justice partnership in response to this evolving movement.

25 november 12 noon walk against family violence


📅 Events and Training

Consumer welfare and innovation in the digital economy 
Purchase two tickets and receive the early bird rate with code: Community240
The rights of the child: How are we doing?
Mental Health for the Young and their Families
Walk Against Family Violence
12pm Federation Square
27 JAN
Mediation Skill Set (CHCSS00110) Short Course
Relationships Australia Victoria

 Funding Opportunities


 Submission and Consultation Deadlines

Victorian Volunteer Strategy
Department of Health & Human Services
Conversion Practices - Legislative Option to Implement a Ban
Department of Justice and Community Safety
Royal Commission
into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
Gender responsive budgeting in Victoria
Public Accounts and Estimates Committee 
Residential Tenancies Regulations
Department of Justice and Community Safety
Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria 
Legal & Social Issues Committee 
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