Papers & Submissions
This policy paper outlines QCOSS' policy position in relation to the prevention of violence and explores the effects that domestic and family violence has on Queensland as a whole and in particular those suffering poverty and disadvantage. It concludes by making recommendations for addressing the problem.
Many Queenslanders find themselves facing fuel poverty - unable to afford the energy they need to maintain an adequate standard of living. In this paper we outline our policy position in relation to Climate Change and Energy and make recommendations for reform to address the issue.
QCOSS policy position in regards to poverty and social exclusion in Queensland. Explores these issues and presents recommendations for addressing them.
Our policy position regarding employment and community participation outlines the key issues inhibiting disadvantaged Queenslanders from participation in the workforce and community. The paper also outlines our recommendations for addressing these issues.
QCOSS' 2009 position paper on prevention and early intervention outlines our continued position – there is an urgent need to look at the level of investment, the targeting of the investment, and the coordination, implementation and evaluation of the investment.
In this paper QCOSS highlights the particular pressures on rural and remote areas in Queensland and outlines our policy position in relation to these pressures. We again implore the government to deliver adequate levels of service, and facilitate reliable access to these services, through ongoing attention to regional development mechanisms.
QCOSS policy position in relation to the Queensland Community Services Sector. It outlines issues such as the need for culture change, funding approaches, ongoing challenges in the workforce and building sector capacity, It then recognises progress to date and outlines QCOSS recommendations for addressing the issues.
QCOSS has commissioned this report by The University of Queensland Social Research Centre (UQSRC) to provide an update to the previous 2006 Poverty in Queensland report. Both reports present overviews of the dimensions of poverty in Queensland using the most up-to-date information available.
A statement developed by the Queensland community sector outlining their concerns relating to gambling including: 1. ACCESS, 2. THE CODE OF PRACTICE, 3. HARM MINIMISATION, 4. NEW TECHNOLOGIES and 5. RESEARCH & RESOURCING.
July 2009, Social Development Committee Inquiry into the prevention of chronic disease in Queensland
The submission provides an overview of the health impacts of poverty and social exclusion in Queensland. It also identifies the need to address the social and economic conditions that cause ill health.
The final report entitled ‘Cost of Providing Specialist Disability Services and Communities Services in Queensland’ has been released. This was a study commissioned by the (then) Disability Services Queensland and Department of Communities as part of the Funding Policy Project (previously the Fair level of Funding project) in 2006-2008. The research was done by the Social Policy Research Centre (University of New South Wales) and Griffith University.
The National Human Rights Consultation aimed to seek a range of views from across Australia about the protection and promotion of human rights. The Consultation was run by an independent Committee, who were supported by a Secretariat in the Attorney-General’s Department. The QCOSS submission primarily focusses on economic, social and cultural rights, and a human rights charter. It also contains information relating to homelessness and poverty, health, Indigenous rights, immigration and refugees, children and young people’s rights, and race discrimination.
This report, examines current economic data to make plausible assumptions about the extent and duration of the recession and its impact on Queenslanders. The report also outlines suggested strategies and social policies for the Queensland government to minimise the impacts of the global financial crisis on disadvantaged Queenslanders.
QCOSS has released twelve questions for political candidates that focus on making Queensland a fair state for all people.
QCOSS response to the evaluation of the QRGS discussion paper including recommendations for government to consider the needs of the most marginalised and disadvantaged groups in developing the enhanced harm minimisation strategy.
The purpose of this paper is to outline a strategy for reducing homelessness by supporting individuals to sustain long-term housing on exit from crisis accommodation. It is proposed that the Queensland Government adopt and implement this “Sustaining Tenancies and Well Being” approach across Queensland to bridge the gap between crisis and long term housing within the current continuum of housing services. This paper outlines a range of existing contexts in Queensland in which this strategy could be implemented. It also, provides a rational identifying the need for a supportive housing approach and the principles which should underpin any model developed from this strategy.
In March 2008, QCOSS prepared a submission for the Queensland Public Accounts Committee Inquiry into the Management of Funding to Non-Government Organisations. The submission emphasised the significant impact of unnecessary and ineffective reporting requirements on organisations and highlighted the need for a shift to more meaningful data collection and evaluation, paired with a reduction in red tape. The Community Services Futures Forum made a separate submission into this Inquiry.
March 2008, Futures Forum submission to the Qld Public Accounts Commitee Inquiry into the Management of Funding to NGOs
Submission by the Queensland Community Services Futures Forum to the Queensland Public Accounts Commitee Inquiry into into the Management of Funding to Non-Government Organisations. QCOSS also made a submission to this inquiry.
This paper reviews the research (including cost-benefit analyses where possible) of early intervention programs and early intervention service systems. The report was prepared for QCOSS by the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW.
October 2007, Antipoverty Week Statement 'A fair go for all Australians, A fair go for all Queenslanders'
This statement explores rates of poverty in Queensland in 2007, the impacts of poverty on health and quality of life, which groups are more likely to live in poverty than others, the extent of Queenslanders living on the brink of poverty and the compounding impact of housing affordability on those in poverty. It also explores the geographic distribution of poverty within Queensland.