Papers & Submissions

May 2018
A submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Family Law System
May 2018
A submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Family Law System
May 2018
Partners, Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) and Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) are pleased to announce their successful grant “Changing Lives, Changing Communities” under the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants (Round 2)
May 2018
Guaranteed Service Levels (GSL) recognise the essential nature of energy to Queensland households. QCOSS has recently been working with the Woorabinda community on energy affordability and providing energy literacy workshops. Through this engagement QCOSS heard about some outages that significantly impacted on this community. Under the current GSL, the people affected by this outage were not eligible for a payment, despite being without power for almost 24 hours. If this had happened in the Brisbane CBD, a payment would have been triggered after just eight hours.
Apr 2018
This submission focuses on issues of most concern to vulnerable customers and in particular we are keen to ensure that regional electricity prices are set in a fair and transparent manner.
Apr 2018
QCOSS does not support the drug testing trial for people accessing income support.
Apr 2018
Every person should be able to have a shower, wash their clothes or flush the toilet without worrying about how to pay their water bill. The final recommendation made by the Queensland Competition Authority, if accepted by government, will see the increase in bulk water prices trickle down to household bills. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said that Queenslanders are already drowning in cost-of-living expenses in a period of low wage growth. “This is really an opportunity for the government to extend the current water concession to all health care card holders who pay for water - home owners and tenants alike.
Apr 2018
QCOSS recently wrote a submission about the National Energy Guarantee outlining concern over the ability of the federal government’s chosen plan to meet its objectives.
Apr 2018
For the past few years, Queensland Council of Social Service has been laying the foundation for a new way of working in Queensland. We have been building our expertise, building our connections and building the evidence to support this new approach. This approach was first hinted at through our 2017-18 Budget Priority Statement, was further articulated in our Election Statement, a Manifesto for Change and has been followed through into our 2018 Conference, a Movement for Change. This, our budget priority statement for 2018-19, does not shy away from these themes. This is work that QCOSS believes is fundamentally important if we are to build strong and connected communities and address poverty and disadvantage in Queensland.
Apr 2018
In March 2018 Prospect took part in the QCOSS Pulse conversation and held a gathering with their staff. This is their story.
Apr 2018
The QCOSS Housing Policy Review explores the background context to housing policy, comparing and integrating policy frameworks of government, peak bodies and expert researchers into a QCOSS housing policy framework.
Mar 2018
Queensland Council of Social Service believe that everyone has a right to shelter and have developed a position statement to support this.
Mar 2018
In July 2016 QCOSS partnered with QFCC to develop and implement a pilot for place-based sector development in Central Queensland. This pilot aimed to work with communities to empower local networks of services to prioritise initiatives in partnership with community.
Mar 2018
These are just some of the place-based activities and projects happening in Queensland and beyond.
Mar 2018
Following the success of the Bringing the NDIS to Life in Townsville event in June 2016, we again joined forces with Queenslanders With Disability Network (QDN) and Townsville City Council (TCC) to host the next part of the conversation, Changing Lives, Changing Communities in May 2017. More than 100 people took part over two days which informed, inspired and sparked dialogue between community groups to co-design projects. Participants left feeling invigorated and with a clear sense of purpose.
Mar 2018
This report is a compilation of the the QCOSS Pulse conversations we had in 20 locations across Queensland throughout the month of February.
Mar 2018
More than 5,000 children were without a house on Census night in 2016 says ABS data released today. 2016 census figures released by the ABS today show that homelessness has risen nine per cent in Queensland between 2011 and 2016. “Any increase in homelessness is unacceptable,” said Mark Henley, Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO. “There are more than 21,500 people who are homeless every night in Queensland.

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