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VCOSS Budget Breakfast with the Treasurer

FSSI Director David Hayward was part of the guest panel at VCOSS’ Budget Breakfast with Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas, advocating strongly for the social service workforce to be better recognised for the valuable contribution it makes to the community and the economy. You can view VCOSS’ recording of the Treasurer’s address here, with David Hayward and the guest panel joining VCOSS CEO Emma King on stage at the 57 minute mark.

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Disability workers – have your say

What is your NDIS experience? Let the Victorian Government know what matters most to you about your work. Take part in this survey to influence government policy and shape the conditions you work in.

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Who cares? Who pays? – Free event

Thu 10 May 2018
1:00pm – 3:00pm 
RMIT University Storey Hall
Free event

Victoria’s local government provided Home and Community Care service has been in operation for over 40 years. Ongoing policy reforms have left the sector with an increasingly uncertain future, despite the growing need for such services.

The workforce, both formal and informal, is overwhelmingly made up of women. As a result policy failure in this space has significant implications for the gender pay gap, women’s employment participation and the capacity for both men and women to balance work and family life.

This workshop will outline some of the history of the current HACC system, the potential impacts of major policy reform and the implications for the broader Victorian workforce.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Sara Charlesworth, RMIT University – keynote
  • Ronda Held, CEO, Council on the Ageing (Victoria)
  • Lisa Darmanin, Executive President of the Australian Services Union (Vic and Tas Branch)
  • Merle Mitchell, advocate and community worker
  • Nicole Marshall, local government councillor.

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Congratulations to our Certificate IV in Disability graduates

cert 4 graduates 2018

On Friday 6 April, we celebrated the achievements of an amazing bunch of community sector workers for completing the Certificate IV in Disability with the Future Social Service Institute’s scholarship program.

Students used job specific training and education to build on their existing skills and knowledge, focusing on the provision of services to people who have a disability.

These graduates are now ready to forge a career in the social service workforce—congratulations!

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Budget explanation

The Victorian Council of Social Service has engaged FSSI Director Professor David Hayward to star in a series of videos helping to demystify the budget process.

The videos are produced using the Victorian budget papers as examples (budget books do differ between jurisdictions) and are primarily targeting at members of the community sector.

You can watch the videos on the VCOSS website.

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Picture of students learning in 2017 Cert III scholarship class.We are committed to designing world-best education programs for the social service sector and helping to train the ‘workforce of the future’.

One way we’re doing this is through offering full scholarships to:

  • high school leavers/graduates who want to work in the social services sector
  • employers looking to upskill their employees in preparation for the NDIS.

Applications for 2018 scholarships are now open.

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Executive Masterclass 2017 Masterclass Program participants

After two highly successful Executive Masterclass streams, we have opened applications for our August 2018 Masterclass.

Offering you the chance to co-design session content, based on the real needs your organisation faces.


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