Australia’s poverty rate remains above the OECD average. And approximately 430,000 people in Queensland live in poverty. This week, anti-poverty week, seeks to raise awareness of the issues and solutions associated with poverty.
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.
Queensland Council of Social Service does not support the introduction of the mandatory Cashless Debit Card announced by the Australian Government today.
Up to 2,300 households in Cairns and Rockhampton will be given the opportunity to take part in a solar on public housing trial and save money on their electricity bill.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the Government’s plans for a housing supply panel for South East Queensland.
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.