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A just and compassionate society requires that anyone needing mental health treatment and support, regardless of their life circumstances, can get the level of help they need when and where they need it.  

At the Parish Forum on Saturday, 8 June 2019, more than 50 participants heard from excellent speakers and discussed why homelessness is an issue for all of us and what we can do about it. The parable of the Good Samaritan causes us all to pause in our journey and consider the needs of our neighbour: what can we do to assist our brothers and sisters on the margins, particularly those who are facing housing difficulties and homelessness? 

The Victorian Budget included several welcome initiatives that will assist vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians - More public housing, public school dental care, and focusing on men’s behaviour are among welcome steps - but there are some lost opportunities, and more work remains to ensure that the needs of those on the margins are at the heart of Government priorities. 
As part of this, we urge Departments to ensure that ‘whole-of-government efficiencies’ do not include unexpected cuts in demand-driven funding that social service agencies can ill-afford.
Our submission on the 2018 Victorian budget argues that Victoria’s strong economy provides an opportunity to invest in services that help to build a community that is safe, equitable and compassionate; where all Victorians share in the State’s prosperity. 
Some regional and rural communities in Victoria continue to face disadvantage. Our paper, based on the experience of Member organisations, highlights the gaps in social services and calls on government to address the lack of service accessibility and availability, the high cost of transport, energy and technology and the decreased opportunities for education, training and jobs. We'd welcome further insights to inform our planned update. Email Claire-anne.willis@css.org.au

Deputy Premier James Merlino told the 2018 pre-election forum at Catholic Social Services that "a great society is where the most vulnerable citizens are supported so that they can reach their full potential."  Deputy Liberal leader David Hodgett noted that "good economic policy needs to be balanced with support for those that are disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised." Catholic Social Services Victoria has produced a brochure, Building a fairer Victoria where everyone flourishes, which identifies policy issues and priorities to encourage dialogue with candidates in the lead up to the election.


The Council of Catholic Social Services Victoria has adopted engagement with Aboriginal Victorians as a priority, with a view to deepen and strengthen our relationship with Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and Victorian Aboriginal communities and to learn from the experience of member organisations and others. This paper brings together range of material relating to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Victoria, and the engagement of members of Catholic Social Services Victoria with Aboriginal communities. It documents the rich strands of engagement that have developed, and provides a framework for the understanding of current issues and of work still to be done.



42 Melbourne Catholic parishes and four religious orders are providing social housing to approximately 404 of the most vulnerable members in our community. Catholic social service agencies and health providers accommodate more than 3,000 people who struggle to secure adequate housing through the private market. A report on social housing in the Archdiocese also explores what more can be done for those struggling to find a place called home.


You are invited to a workshop that will discuss the challenge and rewards of our engagement with spirituality and prayer in the Catholic social service workplace on Thursday 26 July 2018, 1.45 for 2.00-4.00pm.  Fr John Petrulis and AnnMaree Sutton will open discussion, and there will be much wisdom to be shared. The workshop is for those exercising leadership in various ways in Catholic social services and related endeavours.
Catholic social services make a substantial contribution to the social fabric of Victoria. Services range from alcohol treatment, crisis housing, Indigenous ministry and prison ministry, to the protection of women and children escaping family violence, refugees and asylum seekers and those impacted by human trafficking. More than 200,000 people were supported by Catholic social service organisations during 2016-2017, with the total number of occasions of support being in excess of 400,000. The total expenditure in assisting these people was more than $700 million and included 6800 employed staff and at least 17,600 volunteers.

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