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VCOSS enews Issue #109
Wednesday 29 January 2020
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More responses needed for the Family Violence Workforce Census

The Victorian Family Violence Workforce Census has been extended until 28 February to give more people an opportunity to have their say.
 
This census is for every person who comes into contact with victims or perpetrators of family violence in the course of their work, even if it’s only sometimes or fleetingly. When you fill out the survey just skip any questions you feel don’t apply to you.
 
This is your chance to make your voice heard, and let policymakers know the issues and challenges you face in the workplace.
 
The greater the number of people who fill it out, the more accurate the results will be.
 

Specifically, Census staff are seeking more responses from those of you working in: 
  • Disability
  • Community legal services
  • Young people/youth services
  • Homelessness, housing and community housing
  • Aboriginal health and wellbeing
  • Community health
The questionnaire itself takes around 15 minutes to complete and is anonymous, with data deidentified.
 
The census has now been extended to Friday 28 February to give staff more time to complete the survey.
 
 

Latest News and Resources

In response to the devastating bushfires that have torn through Australia in recent weeks and months, the nation has seen an outpouring of generosity to support communities in the fire affected areas. 

Pro Bono Australia has compiled a list of bushfire appeals and charities you can donate to. You can search by category (fire and emergency, health and welfare, rebuilding, policy reform, animal welfare), location, tax deductible status, and registered charity status.

Check out the Guide to Giving.
 

More than four in 10 low-income renters in Australia are struggling to pay their rent despite receiving government assistance, new research shows.

report from the Productivity Commission found that 40.5 per cent of low-income people receiving Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA) were in rental stress – spending more than 30 per cent of their income on rent – while one in eight spent more than half their income in rental payments.

Read more.

Working with Victorian women since 1984, WIRE provides engaging and experienced speakers to deliver evidence based presentations to community and health services professionals, community groups, schools and universities as well at your workplace.  You can easily book a speaker at no cost on a range of topics.

Presentations can be anywhere from 30min to 2 hours in length and include the opportunity to ask questions.

Book a speaker at no cost.
 

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An estimated 1 in 6 women aged 18 years and over had experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15, according to findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’2016 Personal Safety Survey.

Analysis also found:

  • single mothers and women from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds are the most likely to ­experience violence perpetrated by their intimate partners
  • about 1.1 million women were estimated to have experienced physical assault by a male in the past 10 years
  • of those women, about 79 per cent had experienced their most recent incident of violence in the home.
Read the ABS data analysis.
The annual queerspace survey is now open for responses from LGBTIQ+ individuals living in Victoria (people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, or questioning).

Responses will help inform the work by drummond street services and queerspace in providing support and health services to LGBTIQ+ communities. 

Complete the survey

More than 130 reforms to Victoria’s renting laws will come into effect by 1 July. 

The reforms will 

  • increase protections for renters and 
  • ensure rental providers (landlords) can still effectively manage their properties.
You can stay up-to-date with the changes by visiting the Consumer Affairs Victoria website or subscribing for updates.

 
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Policy and research

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One in eight families: Australian single mothers’ lives revealed
This Council of Single Mothers and their Children report analyses data from a survey of over 1000 single mothers and reveals widespread financial hardship, regardless of employment status, along with many more insights into single mothers’ lives in Australia.
   
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Rebuilding communities one book at a time
Kamilaroi man Corey Tutt is the founder of Deadly Science, an organisation opening up the world of science and the natural world to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids across the country. 
   
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Is your brand really more than your logo?
In the not-for-profit sector, many brands have strong names or logo recognition but...NFPs must also create a strong connection between their brand and their audiences if they are to stand out and survive in this cluttered and competitive environment, writes brand strategist Caroline Healy.
   
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Rough justice: How police are failing survivors of sexual assault
More than 140,000 sexual assaults were reported to Australian police in the 10 years to 2017.
   
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Ensuring energy contracts are clear and fair
VCOSS Submission to the ESC draft decision on ensuring energy contracts are clear and fair
   
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Soaring back-to-school costs highlight education funding shortfalls
As parents spend big for the new academic year, Victoria’s peak social advocacy body is warning high back-to-school costs are being driven by the underfunding of government schools.
Read the full VCOSS media release
   
 
 
Mental Health Victoria is proud to present the   Mental Health Across the Lifespan 2020 Conference on 17 and 18 March.
 
 

📅 Events and Training

5
FEB
Disability Forum
VCOSS & DARU
13
FEB
19
FEB
27-28
FEB
4
MAR
5
MAR
Responding to Family Violence in the Workplace
Relationships Australia Victoria
10
MAR
11-12
MAR
National Early Years Summit 2020
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
17-18
MAR

Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Mental Health Victoria 2020 Conference

15
APR
6
MAY
A - Z of Volunteer Management
Volunteering Victoria
13
MAY
 
 

 Funding Opportunities

7
FEB
20
FEB
Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund
Department of Premier and Cabinet
24
FEB
24
FEB
2
MAR
Law Week event grants
Victoria Law Foundation - Priority given to bushfire affected regions
31
MAR
OBrien Real Estate Foundation
For innovative projects from local community organisations
20
APR
 
 

 Submission and Consultation Deadlines

31
JAN
2
FEB
Annual NDIS Price Review 2020–21
National Disability Insurance Agency
3
FEB
Fines Reform
Fines Reform Advisory Board
14
FEB
Victorian Disability Worker Regulation Scheme
Department of Health & Human Services
18
FEB
30
MAR
31
MAR
Victorian State disability plan 2021-2024 consultation
Department of Health and Human Services
31
MAY
Victorian Volunteer Strategy
Department of Health and Human Services - workshops Feb through May
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NOW
 
 
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