Elections are a time for reflecting on what kind of society we want to live in. Drawing on our 45 years of advocacy and action, Jesuit Social Services’ Victorian Election Platform 2022 calls for resources, policies, practices and ideas across a range of interconnected policy areas to continue driving a social change agenda for the state – where all Victorians have access to the opportunities they need to thrive.
The current Government has undertaken a range of important reforms that work towards increasing equity, reducing disadvantage and helping Victorians reach their full potential. While these reforms act as the foundation for social change, there is more that needs to be done.
Many people in Victoria continue to experience significant and persistent disadvantage, including disengagement from education, unemployment, homelessness, contact with the justice system, family violence and mental illness. Over recent years, we have seen COVID-19 and the climate crisis disproportionately impact marginalised people and communities, and exacerbate social inequalities.
There has never been a more important time to continue to push a social reform agenda, provide equitable services and to stand alongside people on the margins. This election is pivotal to progressing the gains we have made so far. It gives us a chance to call on our political leaders to be accountable and to commit to policies, practices and investments that create inclusion and opportunity for all Victorians.
Summary of our recommendations
Our key recommendations for the incoming Victorian Government are to: