VCOSS enews
VCOSS enews Issue #107
Wednesday 27 November 2019
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Welcome to VCOSS enews

The power and purpose of the Victoria community sector was on full display this week.

Hundreds of workers from across the sector joined the Walk Against Family Violence through central Melbourne, rubbing shoulders with victim-survivors, unionists, office workers, police officers and politicians.

Everybody who attended shares a common goal: to stop the deaths, end the abuse and build a community where women are genuinely safe and respected.

Family violence impacts every corner of our society and we each have the ability to make changes within our own families, workplaces, schools and communities, to be accountable for our behaviour and to no longer ignore the effects of violence.

The community sector helps make this change happen every day. This is issue and a movement VCOSS feels strongly about, and will continue to support.



Yes, we can end homelessness. 

VCOSS recently appeared before Victoria’s first ever Parliamentary Inquiry into Homelessness.

Our message was simple: ending homelessness is achievable and we already know the solutions, we just need a broad, deep and sustained commitment to pursuing what works.

You can read our formal remarks here.

Capturing 'client voice' 

The Victorian Government has released a much anticipated guide for how community service organisations should channel and use so-called 'client voice'.

The Client voice framework for community services covers ethical considerations as well as practical matters, such as various forms of recognition, payment and reimbursement for people who share their experiences in different ways.

Latest News and Resources

Victoria's Commission for Children and Young People has released Lost, not forgotten, a new report analysing the deaths of 35 kids who committed suicide within 12 months of interacting with the child protection system. 

Of these deaths, the report notes: "the systems we hope and expect will protect children from adverse experiences did not serve these children well ... critical opportunities for much-needed intervention and support missed."

Read the full report.

Mission Australia has released a major report capturing the concerns of more than 25,000 young people aged 15-19 years. The 18th annual Mission Australia Youth Survey reveals that most Australian teens nominated mental health (36%),t the environment (34%) and equity and discrimination (25%) as their main concerns. 

Fewer than one in 10 young people felt they have a say all of the time in public affairs.


Most young men agree that gender based online harassment and abuse is wrong. But many don't know how to properly call it out.

To mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, GEN VIC has produced toolkit on how men (and women) can step in and say something. 


The 2019 ACOSS National Conference has just wrapped up in Canberra. This year's keynote address was given by UK social change campaigner Abigail Scott Paul from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Titled "winning hearts and minds to solve poverty", her presentation discussed the most effective ways to discuss poverty when seeking to persuade people and achieve change.

It was based on detailed framing and messaging research (done in partnership with the FrameWorks Institute) which you can access here.


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new report, Older clients of specialist homelessness services.

The report provides an overview of older Specialist Homelessness Service clients who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homelessness. 


cohealth’s community health centre at 365 Hoddle Street is struggling to cope with rising demand from people on low incomes. The building is rundown, and without investment the health centre faces closure in the coming years.

cohealth is asking the community to sign this petition urging the Victorian Government to invest in a new and better community health center, with expanded health services and low-cost housing co-located on-site.  


Policy and research

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Gender equality targets to be mandated for Victorian public sector
"Victoria's public sector, which employs hundreds of thousands of people, will have to hit targets on hiring and promoting women under impending new laws, with employers who fail ordered to do so" reports The Age.
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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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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.

📅 Events and Training

27 JAN
Mediation Skill Set (CHCSS00110) Short Course
Relationships Australia Victoria
Annual World Social Work Day Breakfast
Victorian Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers

 Funding Opportunities


 Submission and Consultation Deadlines

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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