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VCOSS enews Issue #48
Wednesday 26 July 2017
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We are entering an exciting and rich period for advocacy in Victoria in the lead up to the state budget and election in 2018. 
 
Government departments and political offices are currently beginning to debate what should—and shouldn't—be in the 2018 Victorian budget. As soon as budget items are locked down, political operatives will quickly shift their attention to election platforms and pledges.
 
That's why VCOSS has already begun speaking to members about our 2018-19 budget submission. We want policymakers to hear the views of the Victorian community sector beforethey make funding decisions, and our flagship submission (which will be formally released before the end of the year) is a key part of this advocacy.
 
I'd encourage all members to complete our policy survey and try to attend a face-to-face consultation. This year we'll also be exploring new ways of engaging with members and collating your views.
 
Now is the time to make our voice heard.

We're also pleased to announce we are partnering with the Australian Council of Social Serviceto bring you the 2017 National Conference. Held in Melbourne on 24 & 25 October, this event will provide a unique state and national focus on issues concerning the social services sector. With the future-focused theme Australia 2030: Creating the future we want, this is an opportunity to identify how we can move together towards a brighter and more equitable 2030. Speaker and program announcements are coming soon.

Early bird ticket sales end next Monday 31 July (and won't be extended). Book early to save.

Best wishes,
Emma King
VCOSS CEO

 
 
 
 
 

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Gender equality toolkit: provide your feedback

Do you want to know more about gender equality in your workplace? Would you be interested in participating in a pilot or commenting on a practical workplace gender equality toolkit?

Victorian Government departments are starting a pilot to measures performance in five key areas: gender pay equity, recruitment and promotion, leadership, flexible working, and organisational culture.

They are keen to have involvement from the not-for-profit sector to make sure the tools are useful.

To learn more, please email VCOSS Policy Officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Renowned researcher arriving in Melbourne

Dr Shereen Hussein from King’s College London will be in Melbourne later this year as the first international visiting fellow for the Future Social Service Institute.

Dr Hussein is a demographer with sound statistical and economic background. Her current research focuses on ageing demographics and long-term care.

FSSI has scheduled a series of free public events for consumers, social service sector staff and students/researchers to meet with Dr Hussein and learn more about  advocacy, social worker burnout and the marketisation of services.

Click here to see what's on and book your spot now.

 
 
 
 
 

 Latest News and Resources

 
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Better support and protection for those affected by family violence


On 16 March 2017, a Committee of the Australian Parliament adopted an inquiry into how Australia’s federal family law system can better support and protect people affected by family violence.

The Committee wants to ensure that its findings are informed by those with personal experience at the intersection of family violence and the family law system. However, the Committee is aware that for individuals affected by family violence, revisiting this experience can cause distress.

An anonymous online questionnaire has been developed to provide individuals with the opportunity to share their experiences and insights with the Committee.

We encourage you to share this far and wide with your networks.
 

 
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Never the silent witness

You've probably already heard the new ABC podcast Trace(and if you haven't - check it out here).

This true crime investigate podcast has achieved a lot, but Autism Awareness Australia CEO Nicole Rogerson says ensuring the voices of people with a disability are heard as loudly as others may be its greatest accomplishment.

Trace is an important reminder to all law enforcement that victims and witnesses with disabilities have as much right to be heard as anyone else. Their disability doesn’t define them.

Read more here.

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2017 National Disability Awards are now open

These awards are the Australian Government’s main celebration of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), aiming to honour and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have improved the lives of Australians with disability and contributed to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all Australians.

Celebrating IDPwD and the Awards each year provides an opportunity to ensure that the achievements and needs of Australians with disability, their families and carers remain visible.

Nominations, across five categories, close Sunday 6 August. 

Nominate here.

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Koorie Kids Shine at kindergarten

The Victorian Department of Education and Training has launched the Koorie Kids Shine at kindergarten campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of a high quality early childhood education for Koorie children. 

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who turn 3 or 4 years old by 30 April can attend kindergarten for up to 15 hours per week for free.

Please help spread the word about Koorie Kids Shine by sharing social media posts and encouraging parents to enrol their children today.

Learn more here.

   
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Policy Updates

 
  VCOSS Media and Policy  
 
bullet Point Ballooning rents leave Victorians out of pocket
VCOSS Media Release
   
 
bullet Point Deliver high quality, safe services
VCOSS Submission on the NDIS Code of Conduct
   
 
bullet Point Victorian renters 'pushed to the limit' by record low affordability
ABC News Online
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Awards and scholarships 

Vic Public Healthcare Awards image Victorian Public Healthcare Awards
These awards celebrate excellence, dedication and innovation in public health, health services and service initiatives that deliver informed and effective healthcare. Nominations close Sunday 30 July.
Vic Health Awards logo VicHealth Awards 
These awards are the state’s highest accolade for health promotion. They recognise and celebrate health promotion work – from local projects to state-wide campaigns. Nominations close Friday 4 August.
Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards
Presented by Council to Homeless Persons, the awards celebrate the exceptional efforts of workers, consumers and organisations in ending homelessness. Nominations close Friday 4 August.
Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards
The awards celebrate and recognise the vital role that volunteers play in creating happier, healthier and well-connected communities in Victoria. 
 
hesta awards logo 2017 HESTA Community Sector Awards
These awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of this sector.
 
 
 
 
 

 Events and Training

16
AUG
  Identity and Belonging: Parenting Intercountry Adopted Teens - webinar
Lifeworks
23
AUG
  Evidence-based policy in a post-truth environment
The Power to Persuade Symposium
10
AUG
  The Casual Counsellor
Relationships Australia Victoria
25
AUG
  The business of social work: Workshops for self employed social workers (including NDIS)
Australian Association of Social Workers
12
SEP
  Preventing and Responding to Abuse: Guidance for disability service providers
Disability Services Commissioner
13
SEP
  Victorian Homelessness Conference: Talking Solutions
Council to Homeless Persons
15
SEP
  Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017
Disability Advocacy Resource Centre
4
OCT
  7th International Carers Conference
Carers Australia
11
OCT
  9th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium
Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
24-25
OCT
  Australia in 2030: Creating the future we want
ACOSS National Conference in partnership with VCOSS
15
NOV
  What About Sexual Violence? Where to from here?
National Association of Services Against Sexual Violence Conference
1
DEC
  What Works in Therapy, presented by Scott Miller, PhD
Relationships Australia (Vic)
 
 
 
 
 
ACOSS VCOSS National conference early bird tickets now on sale - ending soon!
 
 
 
 
 

 Funding Opportunities

4
AUG
  Social Investment Grants Program - Homelessness or Family Violence
Community Sector Banking
14
AUG
  Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts program
Victorian Multicultural Commission
23
AUG
  Strong and Resilient Communities - Inclusive Communities Grants
Department of Social Services
23
AUG
  Strong and Resilient Communities - Community Resilience Grants
Department of Social Services
30
AUG
  Indigenous Family Violence Strategy Community Initiatives Fund
Department of Health and Human Services
15
SEP
  Children's Facilities Capital Program 2017-18 Major Grants
Department of Education and Training
13
OCT
  Changing Places funding round 2017 
Department of Health and Human Services
 
 
 
 
 

 Submission Deadlines

14
JUL
  2018 Victorian budget survey
VOSS members only
31
JUL
  School to work transition 
House of Representatives Education and Employment Committee
31
JUL
  Australian Government's role in the development of cities 
House of Representatives Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Committee
3
AUG
  Review of health star rating system 
Australian Government Department of Health
3
AUG
  Protecting health and safety of aged care residents 
Senate Community Affairs Committee
4
AUG
  Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017    
Senate Community Affairs Committee
10
AUG
  Early Childhood intervention services in the NDIS 
Joint House NDIS Committee 
10
AUG
 

NDIS Transitional Arrangements 
Joint House NDIS Committee

12
AUG
  Disability Employment Services Reform 2018
Department of Social Services    
25
AUG
  Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) 
Australian Government Attorney-General's Dept
4
SEP
  Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 
Australian Law Reform Commission 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HESTA awards nominate now click here

 
 
 
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