The 2017 ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, is the event where community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia.
This year the conference program has an updated format to cover greater opportunities to spark conversations that inspire action. ACOSS and VCOSS are partnering to offer a series of breakout sessions in addition to our plenaries. Because now more than ever there are so many issues, of such great importance, that need our attention.
24 and 25 October, in Melbourne.
Early bird tickets are now on sale for a limited time.
From 1 July, Victoria will have a Reportable Conduct Scheme to oversee allegations of child abuse or misconduct towards children. This means that the heads of organisations that fall within the scope of the Reportable Conduct Scheme must report any allegation of child abuse or misconduct towards children made against their workers or volunteers to the Commission for Children and Young People, and ensure any allegation is investigated.
The Commission for Children and Young People will oversee and monitor how organisations respond to allegations.
The Reportable Conduct Scheme builds on existing workplace misconduct and child safety systems. It also complements the Child Safe Standards which have been introduced to help create safe environments for children.
To help you understand how the Scheme operates and your obligations, the Commission has produced a series of information sheets. You can access them here.
There are huge costs associated with educational disadvantage in Australia.
A new report published by the Mitchell Institute, finds one in eight Australians will never attain a Year 12 qualification, and some of these people make up the one in eight Australians who will be disengaged from the workforce for most of their lives.
The report finds the are enormous costs associated with leaving school early and not being fully engaged in work, education and training.
Download the report in full here.
The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), in partnership with Domestic Violence Victoria, have redeveloped The Lookout website to meet the growing demands on workers responding to family violence.
The new site includes tailored information and resources to support the best practice of both specialist family violence practitioners and other professionals who may encounter family violence as part of their work. Improved navigation and intuitive design make it easy to find what you need quickly and easily.