VCOSS enews


VCOSS enews


VCOSS enews Issue #54

Thursday 19 October 2017

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Next week Melbourne will host the ACOSS-VCOSS National Conference, with the theme Australia in 2030: Creating the Future We Want.

2030 was chosen because it demands we think big. By 2030, a child born today will be preparing to celebrate their 13th birthday.
What kind of society do we want this child to inherit? What are the values, attitudes, social structures and opportunities we want for them?

If you're attending the conference, I hope you find it enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. I look forward to seeing you there.

For those who can't attend, we still want your views and involvement.

Please follow the @VCOSS and @VCOSSLive and @ACOSS Twitter accounts, and contribute using the #Australia2030 hashtag. 

Best wishes, 
Emma King





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Masterclass and scholarships now open for applications

After a highly successful Masterclass program in 2017, the Future Social Service Institute has opened applications for the 2018 Executive Masterclass program. Participants will work in small groups with leading thinkers who ‘span the boundaries’ of government, academia and the social service sector.

Find out more about applying for the 2018 Executive Masterclass here.

FSSI is now also accepting applications for the 2018 Cert III and IV Scholarships. The scholarships include full tuition, and are open to school leavers or graduates who wish to enter the social service sector, and employers looking to upskill their staff.

Learn more out more about the FSSI 2018 scholarships here.


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Have your say on a 10 year plan for community services

VCOSS is working in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and the community sector to create a Community Services Industry

A discussion paper has been released, which is one of the first steps in creating an overarching vision for the future of the industry, as well as identifying ways we can
address the challenges and opportunities now and into the future.

We encourage you to participate by providing a written response to the discussion paper and/or completing an online survey here

You can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in attending a metro planning symposium early in 2018. 

Read more online at the VCOSS website.





 Latest News and Resources


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VCOSS consultations - register now

VCOSS plans to prepare a submission to the inquiry into the Victorian Government’s Public Housing Redevelopment Program. 

Members are invited to a consultation on Thursday 26 October at 10am. Register here.

In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing the Vulnerable people in emergencies policy. This policy is a key part of Victoria’s emergency management arrangements to support vulnerable Victorians. 

VCOSS is convening a consultation forum for community organisations to provide feedback on  Wednesday 1 November at 10am. This event is open to all interested organisations. Register here.


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Aboriginal guardianship, housing and self-determination 

The Victorian Government has announced it will transfer responsibility for Aboriginal children in state care to Aboriginal-run organisations. The Government hopes this shift will help address the over-representation of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care, and improve health outcomes, wellbeing and cultural connections.

This change comes as the Government also announced significant progress on the transfer of housing to Aboriginal Housing Victoria and the establishment of an Aboriginal Executive Council, to help plan and progress the move to self-determination. The council will meet for the first time tomorrow.

state gov blue logo New rules will help fight energy disconnections

 The Essential Services Commission (ESC) recently released its new Payment Difficulty Framework, designed to protect people struggling to stay connected to power.

VCOSS has welcomed these new rules for power companies in Victoria, which will help stop struggling energy users incurring big debts or being disconnected. 

However, VCOSS also acknowledges the limits of the new ESC Framework, which does not address situations where people are chronically unable to afford energy.

Read the full VCOSS response here.


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Talking with your community about saving energy 

The Victorian Government would like to learn more about how community organisations talk to people about home energy use and energy bills.

You can provide information through a short online survey. Your thoughts will help the Victorian Government better support people struggling with energy costs.

The survey closes this Friday 20 October.

Click here to take part.


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How to better collaborate with bi-cultural workers

Many refugees and asylum seekers struggle to find work in Victoria.

Despite often being phenomenally qualified and possessing impressive work histories in their countries of origin, these bi-cultural workers can lack access to networks and employment pathways. Organisations can also be unsure about how to engage with bi-cultural workers.

cohealth is hosting a half-day Bi-cultural Forum on Thursday 2 November for organisations to meet bi-cultural workers and create opportunities to collaborate.

Book online.


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Unspeakable: Understanding Sexual Crime

 Victoria Police have launched a new podcast series called Unspeakable: Understanding Sexual Crime.

This series aims to convince more victims to report to police and to challenge some of those common myths and misconceptions about sexual offences and child abuse generally. It features interviews with investigators, victims, and their families topics include reporting of sexual offences, training of police specialists, investigations, victim reactions, offender behaviour, online grooming and future strategies.

The podcast is available on SoundCloud here or iTunes here.

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Applications Open To Engage! Young Victorians

Applications are now open for the State Government's $12.3 million Engage! 2018-20 program to support young people to engage in community life and access education, training and career opportunities.

The grants will help organisations to engage young people through volunteering, mentorships, leadership, skills building and other community building activities. They will assist organisations to support a range of young people – including Aboriginal young people, young people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTQI young people, and young people with a disability.

Applications close on Friday 10 November 2017.

Learn more or apply here.


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Let’s show carers how much they count

This National Carers Week (15-21 October) you can show carers how much they count, and say thank you!

Carers contribute so much to our nation, with the value of the caring role estimated at $60.3 billion per year, and yet they often experience social isolation and find it harder to maintain employment, enter the workforce, or participate in education.

A carer-friendly Australia is one where unpaid carers are recognised and supported during and after their caring role, across all spectrums of society.

You can make a difference by offering your thanks today.  


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Meet the Media!
(VCOSS members only)

Nervous pitching a story? Unsure how to convince a journo your issue is worthwhile? Terrified by TV? 

VCOSS has teamed up with the Council to Homeless Persons and Good Talent Media to demystify the process for you.

We've established an esteemed panel of journalists including Dean FeltonSeven News, Kate McMahon, Herald Sun, Josh Gordon, former The Age Victorian Political Editor. 

Come along on Tuesday 14 November to hear their perspectives and ask all your burning questions. Places are strictly limited.

Book here using the password "notforprofit" and VCOSS member organisation affiliated email address.


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Anti-Poverty Week is here!

With over 725,000 Victorians living below the poverty line, there is still much work to be done to ensure all people can lead a safe, healthy and good life.

As part of this important awareness week, you are invited to stand with people experiencing poverty, to learn about their experiences, and to help us get #BackToBasics in the way we support social inclusion.

Click here to get involved.






 Policy Updates


VCOSS Policy


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Sharing information for timely and effective interventions
VCOSS submission to the child information sharing consultation paper


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Using information to protect against family violence
VCOSS submission on the Family Violence Information Sharing Regulations and Guidelines





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Victoria delivers for renters
VCOSS Media Release


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New rules will help fight energy disconnections
VCOSS Media Release


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Melbourne congestion tax ‘risks hitting people on low-incomes’
VCOSS Media Release



Awards and scholarships 

vic young achiever award logo Victorian Young Achiever Awards
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.




 Events and Training



Australia in 2030: Creating the future we want
ACOSS National Conference in partnership with VCOSS



Intersectionality – Policy and Practice in Service Delivery 
The Salvation Army



Respectful Relationships in Victoria: Setting the scene
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria



Financial reporting for NFPs - low cost webinar
Not-for-profit Law with Grant Thornton 



Supporting separated families
Relationships Australia Victoria



Finance Training for Not-for-profits 
Non Profit Training



Save the date! Details to come








 Submission Deadlines



Disability worker registration and accreditation scheme 
Department of Premier and Cabinet



National Housing and Investment Corporation
Australian Treasury



Consumer directed aged care
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission



Application of Australian Consumer Law to charities
Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand 



Family Violence and Victims of Crime Legislation    
Victorian Law Reform Commission



Australian Government's role in the development of cities
House of Rep Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities



Energy price information review 
Australian Energy Regulator



Draft National Infrastructure Data and Dissemination Plan
Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics



Educational Excellence in Australian Schools    
Australian Government Department of Education



Public Housing Renewal Program    
Victorian Legal and Social Issues Committee



Arrangements for the postal survey    
Senate Finance Committee



Use of My Health Record data
Australian Government Department of Health





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