The Manager of Brisbane-based North West Youth Accommodation Service (NWYAS) says it is important people realise that addressing the issues faced by young Queenslanders experiencing homelessness requires more than the ongoing supply of housing options.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has explored Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages as part of NAIDOC Week 2017's theme Our Languages Matter.
East Creek Community Centre (ECCC) believes the Energy Savvy Families program is changing the lives of some of Toowoomba’s most vulnerable families.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) believes the 2017-18 State Budget was, overall, a positive one. As set out in our full State Budget Commentary, highlights of the Budget were the 10 year Housing Strategy and the ongoing commitment to child and family services, domestic and family violence and affordable living measures. They are all areas of great importance to QCOSS and support our goal of eliminating poverty and disadvantage.
In eight short months the Switched On Communities program has become a vital service for Laidley and Districts Community Organisation (LADCO).
Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, highlights the funding contained in the 2017-18 Budget for his department.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is pleased to see an ongoing commitment from the state government to support Queenslanders in crisis with increased funding for mental health, the ice epidemic, domestic and family violence and child safety.
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.
The government has just announced an extension to application for the energy rebate to be backdated. Applications received up until 31 December 2017 will now be backdated to 1 January 2017.