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.
All of Queensland will benefit from a new state government multicultural policy released by Premier Anna Bligh today says the Queensland Council of Social Service.
Any electricity price increase will inevitably push low income households further into poverty, says the Queensland Council of Social Service.
A report released today recommends a review of the concessions system in Queensland for people on low incomes. The QCOSS Cost of Living Report: ensuring a basic standard of living for low income Queenslanders is the first in an ongoing series of reports from QCOSS.
A report released today reveals Queenslanders on low income face tough choices trying to make ends meet. The QCOSS Cost of Living Report: ensuring a basic standard of living for low income Queenslanders is the first in an ongoing series of reports from QCOSS. It shows many people are unable to afford a basic standard of living.
The Queensland Government’s proposed new tariff structure for electricity announced today has the potential to benefit many low income households who use less energy, says the Queensland Council of Social Service.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and housing peak Queensland Shelter find latest figures in low income housing horrifying, but not surprising. The lack of low income housing in Australia, highlighted today by an Anglicare report, is a reflection of an ongoing situation seeing more and more Queenslanders forced into inadequate and inappropriate accommodation.
The gambling industry would do well to listen to the voice of Australians when it comes to giving gamblers the option to set a pre-commitment amount prior to using poker machines.
The Access All Areas campaign was launched in Brisbane today, aiming to break down the barriers disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience in accessing services within their community.
An overwhelming majority of Queenslanders (92 per cent) believe community sector workers should be paid at least the same as workers doing similar jobs in other industries. The Queensland response mirrors national figures in a survey conducted as Fair Work Australia retires to consider the outcomes of the equal remuneration case brought by the Australian Services Union on behalf of community sector workers.
The Queensland Council of Social Service has welcomed the $39 million Federal and State package announced yesterday to support natural disaster recovery in Queensland. It is a timely announcement and gives some certainty to financial counsellors and others in the community services sector that funding is available to continue and expand services to those hardest hit by the floods and cyclones this summer.
A snapshot of the non-profit community sector in this state released today reveals its contribution to the economy and life of Queensland. The non-profit sector injects more than $2.7billion into the economy each year and employs more than 60,000 people to provide community services in every corner of the state. Sector Profile 2010 reveals the huge impact that the non-profit community sector has in Queensland.
Get it right and Queensland’s disaster recovery will leave the state with fairer, more cohesive communities. Get it wrong and a third of our population could slip into poverty.
New figures from the Queensland Competition Authority show that Queensland is likely to remain the state with the highest rate of residential electricity disconnections in Australia. What’s worse, says QCOSS President Karyn Walsh, is that almost 20 per cent of those disconnected for non-payment were pensioners or concession card holders.