The Queensland Government Housing Strategy that was released today provides a foundation for solutions to address the growing issues of affordable housing and homelessness. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the Government’s commitment to a ten year outlook and to providing approximately 4,000 new social or affordable dwellings for Queenslanders. We also applaud the introduction of the Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance to support evidence based policy development. Our hope is that this group will be able to establish outcomes for housing and homelessness while focusing attention on what needs to be achieved and benchmarking performance measures.
As the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) considers energy market reform and grapples with housing affordability, a new Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) report seeks to highlight the considerable barriers for renters seeking to reduce energy costs and usage. The ‘Choice and Control?’ report finds the combination of climbing energy costs and rapidly changing technology is putting renters at an increasing disadvantage.
Transport and energy concessions are now available to more Queenslanders helping to help ease cost-of-living pressures for these essentials. Health Care Card holders and Asylum Seekers will be able to apply for the electricity rebate (as of 1 April) and job seekers and Asylum Seekers are eligible for transport concessions from today!
Property and Social Services sectors unite to call for a new direction in housing policy in Queensland
The Property Council of Australia and the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) have joined forces to call on the Queensland Government to establish an independent Housing Supply Council to monitor and make recommendations on the State’s housing market.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the State Government’s moves this week to empower Queenslanders experiencing financial hardship. Following ongoing advocacy from QCOSS and the community service sector, laws introduced today will offer debtors experiencing financial hardship alternative ways to reduce or pay off the amount they owe to the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER).
Announcements made by the Queensland Government this year to ease cost-of-living pressures will mean thousands of Queensland households are better off in 2017.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the Federal Government’s one-year extension of funding for homelessness services through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
Following recommendations from QCOSS, the existing $330 Electricity Rebate will be extended to include Commonwealth Health Care Card Holders and asylum seekers.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) supports the Queensland Government’s position that the Australian Government needs to commit funding to address homelessness now.
Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service's (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report. QCOSS’ fourth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition: The cost of living and age pensioner households was released today as part of the Queensland Government’s Seniors Week, and draws attention to one of the biggest issues facing aging Queenslanders today.
Fair and affordable financing, funding for neighbourhood centres, employment incentives, and transport concessions for job seekers and asylum seekers have been welcomed as part of the Queensland Government’s 2016-17 State Budget announced today.
The introduction of concession fares on public transport for eligible unemployed people receiving newstart and youth allowances and asylum seekers is good news for those in South East Queensland. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said the Queensland Government’s announcement today shows it has taken on-board the advice of many advocates and industry experts who have advised better targeted concessions to ease cost-of-living pressures for low-income households.
It is time for the Queensland Government to respond to the advice it has been given and extend concessions for transport and electricity to all Health Care Card holders. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said next week’s State Budget provided the perfect opportunity for the government to heed the advice of many advocates and industry experts who have advised better targeting concessions to ease cost-of-living pressures for low-income households.
The Queensland Competition Authority's (QCA) announcement, on 31 May, outlining its final determination of regulated electricity prices for regional Queensland has brought little relief for families and individuals struggling with their electricity bills.