Budget maintains key commitments

13 JUNE, 2017

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is pleased to see an ongoing commitment from the state government to support Queenslanders in crisis with increased funding for mental health, the ice epidemic, domestic and family violence and child safety.

The budget handed down today also provides some stability for Queenslanders experiencing vulnerability with:

  • increased public and affordable housing stock 
  • increased job opportunities and pathways to employment
  • continued resourcing of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • additional access to backdated electricity concessions.

QCOSS CEO Mr Henley is pleased to see the Equal Remuneration Order (ERO) funded, as set out in our budget priority statement.

“This funding will ensure no reduction in services and outcomes for Queenslanders experiencing vulnerability,” he said.

“Cost of living remains one of greatest pressures being faced by many Queenslanders today, and the government has worked tirelessly throughout this term to address it.

“We were disappointed, however, as more could have been included to prevent Queenslanders falling into crisis. 

"Now more than ever, we need to work together to identify a clear community vision and goals, investing more in communities with the needs of individuals and families at the core.”

More details to come at the QCOSS Budget Breakfast – register here. 

Our full budget analysis will be available on Friday 16 June 2017.

For more than 55 years QCOSS has worked throughout Queensland to eliminate poverty and inequality.

QCOSS is an independent non-government organisation representing close to 600 organisations and individuals throughout Queensland.

ENDS

CONTACTS

QCOSS CEO - Mark Henley 0448 075 087

Communication Manager - Karen Murphy 0423 245 252

Now more than ever, we need to work together to identify a clear community vision and goals.