Papers & Submissions

Jan 2017
This draft policy paper has been developed based on stories and experiences from QCOSS members as well as work done with the state, territory and national Councils of Social Service.
Jan 2017
Following the deregulation of electricity prices in South East Queensland on 1 July 2016, the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has released a Scoping Paper outlining how they intend to monitor the market to ensure customers are benefiting from the move. This week QCOSS made a submission to the QCA which sets out a number of areas that must be monitored.
Dec 2016
Announcements made by the Queensland Government this year to ease cost-of-living pressures will mean thousands of Queensland households are better off in 2017.
Dec 2016
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the Federal Government’s one-year extension of funding for homelessness services through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
Nov 2016
Following recommendations from QCOSS, the existing $330 Electricity Rebate will be extended to include Commonwealth Health Care Card Holders and asylum seekers.
Nov 2016
“This rent reduction, coupled with transport concessions for job seekers and asylum seekers due to start in south east Queensland in January, means we are one small step closer to affordable living for all Queenslanders. “We look forward to continuing to work with all levels of government to do more to ease cost of living pressures and make a basic standard of living affordable for all Queenslanders.”
Nov 2016
Bring your electricity bill to the Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre on 30 November between 10:00am and 12:00pm to learn how to compare electricity offers, how to understand your bill and what to do if you can’t pay your bill.
Nov 2016
The final report from the Transport 2 Court Project is available.
Nov 2016
You, your clients, colleagues and friends are invited to join us for a free sausage sizzle while learning how to save money on your energy costs. Bring along your electricity bill to find out all you need to know about your energy use, how to read your bill, solar power, find out whether you are eligible for a concession and how to shop around for a better deal on your energy costs.
Nov 2016
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) supports the Queensland Government’s position that the Australian Government needs to commit funding to address homelessness now.
Nov 2016
The Queensland Government has commissioned an Expert Panel to conduct a public inquiry to guide the development of a renewable energy strategy for Queensland. The objectives of the review are to investigate and report on the costs and benefits of adopting a target of 50% renewable energy in Queensland by 2030, and other complementary policies to drive the development of a renewable energy economy in Queensland.
Oct 2016
From 1 January 2017, when calculating eligibility for family assistance and youth income support payments, 100 per cent of reportable fringe benefits will be counted as income, instead of the current 51 per cent.
Sep 2016
We are planning a two-day exploration and idea-generation event in National Youth Week in 2017. Together we will explore the data and research and gain a deeper understanding of what is happening in our community. We will then explore what is possible and together develop responses that suit our community.

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