Papers & Submissions

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.
Feb 2018
Yesterday the Australian Government quietly announced the reintroduction of mandatory drug testing for people accessing income support, despite that fact that there is no evidence of a causal link between people receiving this benefit and those with drug problems.
Feb 2018
The following is a summary of the key themes of the Neighbourhood Centre (NHC) Consultation and Investment Management Standard (IMS) workshops of 2017. It provides useful points and information for stakeholders to use when discussing the future of Queensland NHCs with their local representatives.
Feb 2018
To inform the Investment Management Strategy process for Neighbourhood Centres in Queensland, the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA) facilitated five consultation forums across the state – in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Cairns, and one teleconference session. 82 per cent of the 122 funded neighbourhood centres in Queensland engaged in the consultation and participation was proportionately well distributed in terms of number of funded sites, regions and localities.
Feb 2018
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the opportunity to lodge a submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (HFE).
Feb 2018
QCOSS is partnering with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to deliver webinars and workshops across the state to help community based organisations respond effectively to funding applications for the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative.
Jan 2018
QCOSS has responded to proposed welfare reforms in the Federal Government's welfare reform bills.
Dec 2017
As part of our Cost of Living webinar series, in December 2017 we held a webinar with the SPER Stakeholder Management team on Changes to State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER).