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Five-point-four-nine. That’s how many people are competing for each entry-level job in Australia, according to a new report from Anglicare.
In some respects, this isn’t new.
We’ve long known our national job system is broken and in need or urgent repair. There's no use telling Australians to “get a job” or that “the best form of welfare is a job” if those jobs simply do not exist.
But this new report is a timely reminder that many thousands of Australians rely on income support, including Newstart and Youth Allowance, to get through tough times. And it’s incumbent upon the Federal Government to financially support those people to lead a good life, not a life of poverty and hardship.
This week is Anti-Poverty Week and VCOSS is using the occasion to restate the case for an urgent increase in the rate of NewstartThis is a long overdue policy reform, and everyday Australians are paying for our politicians’ inaction. They’re paying with sleepless nights and empty bellies.
Your voice is important.

Join us in supporting Anti-Poverty Week and telling the Federal Government to #RaiseTheRate.

Together, we cannot be ignored.

Emma King


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Have you filled out the Australian Community Sector Survey?

The survey is about how the community sector is faring in 2019, and what's needed to improve capacity and impact. 

Questions are about the work you do, levels of need in the community, and what would strengthen the sector. 

All staff in community sector organisations in Australia are encouraged to participate.  

Participation is voluntary and at the end, you can opt to enter the prize draw to win one of six prizes (including an iPad and vouchers). 

The survey is open until Friday 1 November.
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Register your interest in testing a new self-assessment tool

Effective quality governance is fundamental to consistently delivering safe, effective, connected and person-centred community services.

That's why VCOSS and DHHS have partnered to deliver a new online tool designed to help community service organisations evaluate and enhance their quality governance.

We're calling for volunteers to help test the tool to ensure it's relevant, easy-to-use and effective. We anticipate testing will begin in November.

If you're a board member or CEO and want to be involved, please register your interest online.


Latest News and Resources

TaskForce Community Agency invites you to a special event considering the role of traineeships in the future community sector workforce.
In the next five years, the health and social assistance industry will be the fastest growing industry in the state, adding 70,000 new jobs to the Victorian economy. 
Over a delicious breakfast grazing table, take part in powerful conversations and hear about:

  • industry growth and employment trends  
  • the local unemployment context from Local Learning and Employment Networks
  • how leaders can create change 
  • the 'personal side' from current and prospective trainees and partner organisations

Thursday 24 October
7am to 9am
Taskforce Youth Hub, Moorabbin
FREE but bookings essential


From climate justice to housing affordability, the recently launched Brotherhood Talks podcast shines a light on social justice challenges and brings you conversations that matter, on a wide range of issues of key importance in overcoming the challenge of poverty and disadvantage in Australia.
Listen  on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSoundcloud or Spotify and online here.
Podcasts are drawn from public seminars hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre. Upcoming episodes will explore women’s earnings gap, the Productivity Commission and Anti-Poverty week.

Listen and find out more.

Carers will now be able to enjoy more of what Victoria has to offer with half price weekday travel, free weekend travel and extra concessions.

More than 4000 discounts to tourist attractions, sports and cultural centres around the state have been added to the Victorian Carers Card, on top of year-round travel concession.

Victorian Carer Card holders also travel for free this week, as part of Carers Week.

Read the full Victorian Government announcement.

Mental Health Victoria is proud to present its 2020 conference from 17-18 March, where leaders and innovators across the mental health and related sectors come to meet, share, inspire and network.

The conference will explore ways to transform mental healthcare and suicide prevention across the lifespan. Individual streams will explore life stages in detail while keynote presentations and panels will look across the sector to the broader reforms required. A range of voices and perspectives will be embedded across the conference including service providers, researchers, consumers, carers, and governments.

With multiple Royal Commissions and Inquiries currently underway, there has never been a better time to work together towards an integrated, accessible and trusted mental health system for all.

Early bird registration is now open.
Leadership Victoria (LV) is excited to launch its 2020 Leadership Programs. Check out program details including outcomes, inclusions, dates, pricing and more at the LV website.

For 30 years, LV has been empowering leaders to exercise the leadership required to address today’s complex challenges and have an impact in their organisation and community. Their programs are delivered in a range of formats and incorporate a variety of elements, catering for all levels of leadership from emerging leaders through to senior and C-Suite leaders. LV's rich transformative programs enable people to find their leadership purpose.

Take the next step in your leadership journey. Enrol in a Leadership Victoria 2020 Program today to take advantage of early bird rates.
The Victorian Government wants to hear from you to inform a capability framework, implementation tools and training resources to assist allied health professionals to support people with disabilities and complex support needs.

The capability framework aims to:  
  • help clinicians understand their strengths and areas of growth
  • support the development of career goals
  • assist employers to develop workforce plans 
  • inform training and development opportunities.
The survey will be open until Thursday 7 November.

Policy and research

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In good hands: the people and communities behind Aboriginal-led solutions
Oxfam Australia
The case studies in this report amply explain why community-based services are well placed to respond to the complex needs of the First Peoples of Australia. 
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The public health issue that’s staring us in the face but being ignored
Gambling is doing extreme harm in Australia. It is time for governments to start treating it as the public health issue it so clearly is, writes Rev Tim Costello AO, chief advocate for the Alliance for Gambling Reform.
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Indigenous Australians struggle as nation’s money gap widens
Marking the start of Anti-Poverty Week, the First Nations Foundation said government and financial services needed to balance the growing economic gap, which is severely affecting Indigenous Australians. 
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Sector-first video library launches in bid to better support changemakers
More than 100 free short videos have been released, covering topics ranging from effective governance to gaining profile and recognition, money mindset to major gift fundraising, getting started in philanthropy and B Corp certification.
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She has a plan: the unique power of girls to lead change
Plan International Australia, in collaboration with Vox Populi Research, developed a questionnaire for girls and young women aged between 12 and 25 to gauge their attitudes on girls’ empowerment, leadership, role models, girl activists leading change and girls tackling major social and global issues.
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Power play: how governments can better direct Australia’s electricity market
Grattan Institute
Governments feel compelled to respond when electricity supply is lost or when prices are too high. But ad hoc and uncoordinated actions, which may provide short-term relief, usually makes things worse in the long run. This report shows that there are better ways to respond.

🏆 Award Opportunities

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These awards recognise outstanding achievements by individuals, or disabled people’s organisations, who have significantly contributed to advancing the status of disabled people.Nominations close Friday 18 October.

📅 Events and Training

National Carers Week
Learn more here
Save the Date
Family Violence Best Practice Short Course
Relationships Australia Vic

 Funding Opportunities

Boosting the Local Care Workforce Program Transition Assistance Funding Round 2

 Submission and Consultation Deadlines

Community Hospitals program 
Department of Health and Human Services 
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 
Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria 
Legal & Social Issues Committee 
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