More than 46 Community service organisations, government agencies and community members have worked together to plan and start implementing a set of 18 concrete actions and targets that will reduce homelessness in the Caboolture, Morayfield and Deception Bay region
Moves towards a more “cost-reflective” energy tariff structure must be accompanied by a review of current Queensland Government programs to assist vulnerable and low-income customers, warns the Queensland Council of Social Service.
Local communities in seven Queensland homelessness “hot spots” have stepped up to join the government and community service organisations in developing comprehensive plans to end homelessness at a local level.
The Queensland Council of Social Service has welcomed today’s announcement by Fair Work Australia of a wage increase for community service workers.
The Queensland Competition Authority’s latest electricity disconnection figures for non-payment of accounts released this week show the extent to which disadvantaged Queenslanders are struggling with spiralling costs, says the Queensland Council of Social Service.
People on the Newstart unemployment benefit are among those most affected by cost of living pressures in the lead up to Christmas. The QCOSS Cost of Living Update released today also highlights industries where people are at greater risk of unemployment or underemployment and facing greater cost of living pressures.
The Queensland Council of Social Service considers the announcement of a ‘Queensland Education Trust’ is an important component of working towards a fair state.
Consumer representatives from across the nation demand fairness in energy prices as rule changes are proposed to prevent price gouging by energy network businesses.
The Prime Minister’s announcement today that the Federal Government will fund the outcome of the national Equal Pay case is good news for disadvantaged Queenslanders, says the Queensland Council of Social Service.
The QCOSS Annual Poverty Statement reveals low income households are experiencing high financial stress as they cope with the escalating costs of essential items. The statement is released today as part of Anti-Poverty Week.
The QCOSS Annual Poverty Statement released today as part of Anti-Poverty Week reveals that large sections of the Queensland population are experiencing poverty.
More and more Queenslanders are turning to community and social service organisations for help. However, an increasing number are turned away by a sector struggling with demand. The annual Australian Community Sector Survey released by the Australian Council of Social Service today shows Queensland organisations provided services on 1,682,781 occasions during 2009/10. This is an increase of 7 per cent. On 44,292 occasions clients were turned away. This is up 6 per cent.
The incredibly high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in contact with the child protection system is now beyond what any fair society would accept, say members of the Combined Voices campaign. While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 6.4 per cent of the population they represent 36.7 per cent of Queensland children subject to a care and protection order.
The community services sector is entering a new era in which clients will be much more influential in decisions affecting their lives, says Australian Productivity Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald.
Leading international experts will this morning (Monday August 8) map out a future for Queensland to create positive change in society through early intervention programs which keep children and families out of crisis intervention.
The Queensland Government’s Strategy for Reducing Homelessness 2011-14 released today paves the way for systems that tackle the multiple causes of homelessness and for the supports needed to overcome it, says the Queensland Council of Social Service.