VCOSS enews


VCOSS enews


VCOSS enews Issue #55

Wednesday 1 November 2017

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Last week represented a powerful coming together of the community sector.

More than 300 people from a diverse range of organisations and backgrounds attended the ACOSS National Conference in Melbourne, held in partnership with VCOSS for the first time.

The event featured powerful contributions from people including National Congress of Australia's First People co-chairs Rod Little and Jackie Huggins, Fight Inequality Alliance Global Convenor Jenny Ricks, Professor Ross Garnaut, Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale and Indigenous journalist Allan Clarke.

As ever, I was amazed and inspired by the intellect, compassion and drive of all those who attended.

I'd like to particularly recognise and thank secondary school students Cohen, Bri, Wren and Mia from VicSRC. These impressive young Victorians were not mere spectators, but helped deliver workshops and breakout sessions (on workforce development and engaging regional communities).

Australia faces many challenges as we head towards 2030, but we're in good hands with young people like these as our future leaders.

Best wishes,
Emma King






2017 VCOSS AGM - RSVP today
(VCOSS members only)

VCOSS members are invited to celebrate and reflect on a busy 2016/17 at the VCOSS AGM. Special guest include:

  • Susan Pascoe AM, outgoing ACNC commissioner and recently appointed head of the new Community Directors Council.
  • Bryce Pace, autism advocate, Year 12 student and winner of the 2017 Victorian Disability Awards Emerging Leader Award.

The AGM will be at the Wheeler Centre on Monday 20 November 2017 from 9:45am to midday.

View the full agenda and secure your place.

community services industry planning click here to have your say


Consultation period extended!

We know it's a busy time of the year so we're giving you an extra week to share your vision for the future of the industry.

The deadline for submissions and feedback on the Community Services Industry Plan discussion paper has been has been extended to Friday 17 November.

You can provide a written response and/or complete this online survey

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

Read more online at the VCOSS website.





 Latest News and Resources


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Men, alcohol and family violence

Alcohol may not cause family violence, but it definitely makes things worse.

WIRE is holding a free seminar for women on 'Family Violence + Men's Alcohol Abuse: The Real Story for Women' on Friday 1 December, 2017. 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

The session will be presented by Latrobe University researcher (and WIRE Chair) Ingrid Wilson, and include the lived experience of family violence survivors.

You can book online.

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Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grants

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced a second round of ILC Jurisdictional Based Grants.

Roughly $80 million is on offer for the delivery of activities in New South Wales, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory thouroughout 2018-19 and 2019-20.

You do not need to be based within a jurisdiction to apply. For example, Victorian organisations can apply to deliver activities in NSW, SA or the ACT.

Applications can be made through the DSS Community Grants Hub before 2pm on Thursday 30 November 2017.

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Ensuring a smooth transition to the NDIS

The NDIS brings a major shift in service provision for people with disability. However, as with any large social reform, numerous transitional issues are emerging.

Some of these issues are more substantial than others and, if not fully remedied, can do great harm to people with disability in Australia.

VCOSS recently made a submission to the Commonwealth Joint Standing Committee's Inquiry into Transitional Arrangements for the NDIS.

Our CEO Emma King will be appearing before the committee to give follow up evidence in Melbourne on Wednesday 8 November at 10:30am

You can live stream the session here.

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Future proofing your skills

After a highly successful 2017 Masterclass program, the Future Social Service Institute has opened applications for our 2018 Executive Masterclass.

Featuring strategic leaders who ‘span the boundaries’ of government, academia and the social service sector, the Executive Masterclass brings together peers and leading thinkers in small groups, with a maximum of 20 participants.

Session content is co-produced to meet the real needs your organisation faces.

Learn more and apply here.

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Meet the Media!
(VCOSS members only)

There are ten places left for the VCOSS/Council to Homeless Persons 'Meet The Media!' session on Tuesday 14 November.

This afternoon event will feature short presentations from Dean Felton Seven News, Kate McMahon Herald Sun and Josh Gordonformer The Age Victorian Political Editor.

You'll then be invited to ask your tough questions about pitching, story selection and how issues are represented.

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



Save the date! Diversity in Disaster Conference 2018

Every year people and communities across Australia are impacted by emergencies and natural disasters.

On 17-18 April 2018, VCOSS, in partnership with the Gender and Disaster Pod and Resilient Melbourne, will be convening the Diversity in Disaster conference.

This project brings together Australian and international emergency services professionals and researchers. More information will be available shortly.

Secure your spot here.


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Stopping racial profiling

Racial profiling occurs when police stop, question, search or detain a person because of their race. It is a form of discrimination which violates basic human rights—and it's happening in Victoria right now.

The Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre is spearheading a campaign to End Racial Profiling

The campaign is pushing for a data monitoring scheme to track and publicly report on the ethnicity of those people stopped by Victoria Police, as a vital measure to monitor and address racial profiling.

Learn more and download campaign resources here.


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Did somebody say pie?!

Did you know that a single person on Newstart is getting less than 40% of the minimum wage?

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is trying to highlight how low the Newstart unemployment payment really is with the new Share the Pie! campaign.

The pie is a common metephor in economic debates but the creative folks at BSL are using real pies too! They're encouraging people to join their family, friends and colleagues - over pie - to talk about whether Australia shares the nation’s pie fairly.

You can learn more at






 Policy Updates


VCOSS Policy


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A high quality disability workforce
VCOSS submission to registration and accreditation consultation paper


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Feedback on inclusive education policy
VCOSS submission to the inclusive education policy discussion paper


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



VCOSS Analysis


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The Coroner’s case for safe injecting
Revisit the moment that convinced Victorian Coroner Jacqui Hawkins of the need for a safe injecting trial in North Richmond.
(VCOSS blog)


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Belligerent Feds holding the homeless to ransom
The Federal Government is abandoning good faith negotiations with Victoria over homelessness funding and risking the wellbeing of thousands of people facing homelessness.
(VCOSS media release)


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Hope of a better deal on public housing repairs
New reforms should stop public housing tenants being slugged unreasonable costs for damages and repairs, writes the Victorian Public Tenants' Association.
(VCOSS member blog.)


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Productivity Commission lukewarm on NDIS implementation
Overall, the report confirms what VCOSS and our members have been saying: while the NDIS is improving the lives of many people with disability, not everyone is benefiting.
(VCOSS blog)



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



Supporting separated families
Relationships Australia Victoria



Intersectionality – Policy and Practice in Service Delivery 
The Salvation Army



Finance Training for Not-for-profits 
Non Profit Training



Register online here








 Submission Deadlines



Public Housing Renewal Program    
Victorian Legal and Social Issues Committee



Payment Difficulty Framework Guidance
Essential Services Commission



Social Services Legislation (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017
Senate Community Affairs Committee



Electricity prices inquiry preliminary report
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission



National Financial Literacy Strategy
Australian Securities and Investments Commission



Use of My Health Record data
Australian Government Department of Health



Victorian Planning Provisions Reform
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning



Digital Economy Strategy
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science



Aboriginal Health Research Framework
National Health and Medical Research Council



Career Advice in Victorian Schools
Victorian Joint Committee on Education





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