Delivering Fairness

2019 VCOSS Victorian Budget submission

The Andrews Government proudly describes itself as one of the most progressive governments in Australia, with a focus on not only ‘getting things done’ but also ‘making things fair’.

A suite of socially progressive policies were embraced in the last term of government, from overdue rental reforms to important education equity initiatives and the smooth completion of the world’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence.

A large number of smart social policies were also promised during the 2018 Victorian election campaign. VCOSS publicly welcomed these pledges at the time.

Victorians overwhelmingly embraced this positive vision, and voted for our state to continue on a path towards fairness and greater equality.

The re-election of the Andrews Government provides a significant opportunity to bed down the social policy advances of the 58th Parliament, while also delivering a further suite of bold and innovative policies to ensure every Victorian can lead a good life.

Now is also the moment to embrace and capitalise on opportunities presented by significant change in the state’s workforce, especially the exciting growth in social care and assistance jobs. Victoria only has one chance to catch this wave of opportunity.

This document serves two purposes.

Firstly, it details the initiatives and funding requirements VCOSS and our members believe are required to deliver on the positive plans the Victorian Government presented at the last election.

But it also lists the smart and effective new policies required to take Victoria to the next level, and deliver fairness, prosperity and opportunity to future generations.


A safe and happy life starts with a roof over your head.

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Helping all Victorians afford the basics and access services.

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A job provides purpose, social connections and opportunities to give back.

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All Victorians must feel protected, knowing they will receive fair and equal treatment by the police and courts.

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Harnessing the power and growth of Victoria's communtiy sector.

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Because a good life starts with a great education.

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Women and children deserve dignity, respect, safety and equal opportunity.

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Being healthy in body and mind is a key part of leading a good life.

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Creating a state where everybody is supported to thrive, without barriers put in their way.

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Original artwork by Jacob Komesaroff.