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.
A new report released today reveals the interrelated nature of poverty and disadvantage and some of the key areas of concern in Queensland which need to be addressed, including violence in the home and education and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
QCOSS has welcomed the agreement by the state and federal governments regarding disability services in Queensland, securing a more certain and empowered future for Queenslanders with disability.
QCOSS has welcomed a number of recommendations made in the QPC's draft report into electricity pricing, particularly moves to include the lowest-income households in the electricity concession scheme.
QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said the AER's decision meant a typical annual residential bill would decrease by about $17 in 2016-17, with similar reductions for the following three years, providing barely any financial relief to already struggling households.
Councils of Social Service call for development of national plan to tackle poverty and inequality in Australia
At the start of Anti-Poverty Week, ACOSS and all eight State and Territory Councils of Social Service, are calling for the development of a national plan to tackle growing poverty and inequality in Australia, including setting targets to ensure the incomes of the lowest income earners increase at least at the pace of those in the middle.
Cairns homelessness organisations are heeding the call to “step up to end homelessness”, ahead of Homelessness Prevention Week (3 to 9 August 2015).