VCOSS enews


VCOSS enews
VCOSS enews Issue #51
Thursday 7 September 2017
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The love of every Australian is equal—except under the law. This must change.

VCOSS is proud to become an official supporter of the ‘yes’ campaign for marriage equality.

As an organisation, we have a clear mission to fight for justice, respect and equality on behalf of all Victorians. 

This extends to the right of people to have their relationships recognised and celebrated equally, regardless of how they identify or who they love.

We cannot claim to live in a truly fair, just or modern society so long as barriers to this recognition remain enshrined in our laws.

From now until the day marriage equality is passed in Australia, VCOSS will stand beside our LGBTQI+ friends in the pursuit of equal love.

Best wishes,
Emma King




VCOSS Life Membership: Call for nominations 

Each year the VCOSS Board of Directors award individuals who have made a significant contribution to VCOSS, social policy and the community services sector with honorary life membership.  

Applications are open to nominate individuals for life membership, to be awarded at the 2017 annual general meeting.

Click here to download a nomination form.

Submissions are due by Monday 25 September 5pm, by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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What does your #Australia2030 look like?

The ACOSS VCOSS National Conference program continues to grow, with sessions including:
  • Housing affordabilitywith Saul Eslake
  • How to win hearts and minds with Rebecca Lewis (RUOK?)
  • Reinventing democracy with  Lenore Taylor, Guardian Australia - and many more.
Don't miss out on this special event. Places are limited.

Register now.

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Taking good practice in consumer directed care to the next level

The Ageing, Disability and Mental Health Collaborative Panel invite you to a free forum highlighting ‘exemplar’ service providers that are applying good practice, consumer led service delivery models.

Speakers include Ross Joyce and Robyn Gaile, AFDO; Brenda Sherman, Milparinka; Nathan Despott, Inclusion Melbourne and more. 

Tue. 19 September 
10:00am – 3:00pm 
NAB Building
700 Bourke Street
Cost: free

Register now.


 Latest News and Resources

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New report: Disability Advocacy by the Numbers 2012-16 

Disability advocacy is acting, speaking or writing to promote, protect and defend the human rights of people with disability. 

The work of disability advocacy organisations is not always well understood. This document seeks to provide information about disability advocacy using data provided by the Victorian Government’s Office for Disability from the organisations it funds for disability advocacy.

Some noticeable trends are:

  • The most common advocacy topics reported were around disability services and the NDIS, education, accommodation, legal issues and health, in order of frequency
  • Requests for assistance with legal issues have more than doubled over the four year period
  • There are rising numbers of young people between the ages of 15-24 seeking advocacy support.
Access the full report online here and the supplementary report (data integrity) here.
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Multicultural Youth views welcome in new census

Australians aged between 15 and 25 years old from a migrant or refugee background have a new opportunity to voice their views.

The Multicultural Youth Australia census is seeking to understand what young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds value most, and their vision for the future.

This research will be used to help policymakers and organisations who work with young people from multicultural communities to develop better policies and programs that improve living standards and opportunities for multicultural youth, and contribute to the social cohesion of Australian society.

The census is open until 15 October 2017. Find out more here.

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The HeART of Ageing conversation

COTA Victoria is celebrating International Day of Older Persons by hosting a conversation event with four older Australians unafraid to speak up and challenge assumptions around ageing.

Chaired by Lee Lin Chin, Jane Caro, Uncle Jack Charles and Lois Peeler will debate what it’s like to be an older person in a society that is challenged by ageism. 

What does being an ‘older person’ mean in work, the media, politics, community and home?

Wednesday 4 October
1pm @ The Wheeler Centre
Click here to register

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Host a Victorian Energy Compare Info Session

In 2015, the Victorian Government launched its independent energy price comparison website, Victorian Energy Compare, to help Victorians save money on their energy bills.

To drive awareness of the program, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is hosting public forums across Victoria in collaboration with local communities. The sessions provide practical advice on how consumers can access savings by using the comparison website, and addresses the structure of energy bills, different pricing options and concessions. 

The Department is currently seeking expressions of interest from organisations that would be interested in hosting Victorian Energy Compare information sessions for their stakeholders in late 2017 or 2018.

If you're interested in accessing this service, or would like more information about the program please contact Sandra Qian, Senior Policy Officer, Victorian Energy Compare This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Call for Board nominations - Living Positive Victoria

Living Positive Victoria (LPV) is moving into an exciting time in the HIV response and are looking for passionate, talented people to govern the organisation as a member of the Board of Directors.

Elected Directors will play a significant role overseeing the implementation of the new Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2020 as well as supporting our staff, volunteers and stakeholders through new opportunities and challenges as we work to advocate for the health and wellbeing of the Victorian HIV community.

Applicants must submit a nomination form and a supporting statement. Visit the LPV website for more information


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How effective is your organisation?

Social Ventures Australia has developed a new framework, the SVA Fundamentals for Impact to help leaders and their organisations to answer critical questions about how effective they are.

Developed specifically for the social sector, the SVA Fundamentals for Impact are grounded on the collective experience of many global practitioners and experts, international academic evidence on what effective funders and social purpose organisations look like and SVA’s own experience in Australia over 15 years.

Learn more.


 Policy Updates

  VCOSS Media and Policy  
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This VCOSS report represents the most detailed snapshot of Victoria’s community sector charities ever created.
bullet Point Assurances on VRET household protections

Awards and scholarships 

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These Awards acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people (up to and including 29 years of age as of 31st December each year). Nominations close Monday 18 December.
Postgraduate/Executive Education Scholarships
Melbourne Business School is offering two significant scholarships to students studying a Master of Business Administration. The SEMBA Class of 2003 Scholarship and the Harold Campbell-Pretty ScholarshipApplications close Saturday 30 September. 

 Events and Training

  Preventing and Responding to Abuse: Guidance for disability service providers
Disability Services Commissioner
  Victorian Homelessness Conference: Talking Solutions
Council to Homeless Persons
  Delivering Mission in a Market Based NDIS World - Executive Lunchtime Workshop
Future Social Service Institute
  Taking good practice in consumer directed care to the next level
ADMH Collaborative Panel
  Women's Policy Forum
Women's Policy Action Tank - Power to Persuade
  People's stories: influencing health and community services
Future Social Service Institute + HealthTalk Australia
  Metropolitan Partnership Assemblies: Inner metro, Western, Southern, Northern
Various dates and times 
  The HeART of ageing - conversation event
COTA Victoria
  Working with couples
Relationships Australia Victoria
  Australia in 2030: Creating the future we want
ACOSS National Conference in partnership with VCOSS
  Tree of Life: an approach to working with vulnerable children, young people and adults 
Relationships Australia Victoria
  Supporting separated families
Relationships Australia Victoria
regional consultations click to register

 Funding Opportunities

  Fully funded* scholarships to Leadership Victoria’s programs - for people with disability
Disability Leadership Program
  Children's Facilities Capital Program 2017-18 Major Grants
Department of Education and Training
  NDIS ILC National Readiness Grants
National Disability Insurance Agency
  Changing Places funding round 2017
Department of Health and Human Services
JUN 2018
  Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program
Emergency Management Victoria

 Submission Deadlines

  Medicare Levy increase for NDIS funding    
Senate Community Affairs Committee
  Cashless Welfare Card
Department of Social Services
  Federal Police stop, search and seizure powers    
Joint Security Committee
  Litigation funding
Victorian Law Reform Commission
  Inauthentic Aboriginal art    
House of Representatives Indigenous Affairs Committee
  Trade and the digital economy    
Joint Trade Committee
  Reporting Modern Slavery in Supply Chains   
Attorney-General's Department
  Family Violence and Victims of Crime Legislation    
Victorian Law Reform Commission
  Public Housing Renewal Program    
Victorian Legal and Social Issues Committee
  Arrangements for the postal survey    
Senate Finance Committee

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