Papers & Submissions

Jul 2016
On-supply arrangements are common in caravan parks, boarding houses, converted motels, retirement villages, nursing homes and some units. In many of these situations, you do not have an account with an electricity retailer. Instead, your landlord, property manager, park owner or body corporate has an account and they pass the charges onto you.
Jul 2016
Shopping around for a better energy deal can be worthwhile for consumers in South East Queensland but it is important to be well informed. The Queensland Consumers Association and the Queensland Council of Social Service have put together the following tips to assist SEQ consumers to shop around.
Jun 2016
The 2016-17 Queensland State Budget is a solid budget for vulnerable Queenslanders. It provides funding for crucial areas such as prevention of domestic and family violence, universal access to kindy, investment in employment in regional Queensland and the provision of a range of social infrastructure across the state.
Jun 2016
Fair and affordable financing, funding for neighbourhood centres, employment incentives, and transport concessions for job seekers and asylum seekers have been welcomed as part of the Queensland Government’s 2016-17 State Budget announced today.
Jun 2016
The introduction of concession fares on public transport for eligible unemployed people receiving newstart and youth allowances and asylum seekers is good news for those in South East Queensland. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said the Queensland Government’s announcement today shows it has taken on-board the advice of many advocates and industry experts who have advised better targeted concessions to ease cost-of-living pressures for low-income households.
Jun 2016
It is time for the Queensland Government to respond to the advice it has been given and extend concessions for transport and electricity to all Health Care Card holders. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said next week’s State Budget provided the perfect opportunity for the government to heed the advice of many advocates and industry experts who have advised better targeting concessions to ease cost-of-living pressures for low-income households.
Jun 2016
National Reconciliation Action Week (27 May to 3 June) is celebrated in Australia each year, in commemoration of two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
Jun 2016
The Queensland Competition Authority's (QCA) announcement, on 31 May, outlining its final determination of regulated electricity prices for regional Queensland has brought little relief for families and individuals struggling with their electricity bills.
May 2016
QCOSS is conducting a survey on electricity and gas issues and we'd love to get your feedback.
May 2016
As of 1 July 2016, 'non-protected' SCV holders who meet certain residency, income and character criteria will be able to apply for permanent residency and thereafter citizenship. But what does this mean for the significant number of New Zealand residents in Australia without a clear path to permanent resident, and therefore also without access to key entitlements, such as welfare payments, the NDIS, social housing or study assistance? This scoping paper suggests a number of questions which be considered ahead of these changes.
Apr 2016
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), in conjunction with the Queensland Accessing Interpreters Working Group (QAIWG), hosted a webinar to assist organisations to manage access to interpreters for clients with difficulty communicating in English.
Apr 2016
Emerging Voices were invited to attend the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s Multicultural forum in Brisbane in February 2016, and also to attend a private meeting with Commission staff to provide their feedback and ideas. The Royal Commission was particularly interested in Emerging Voices contributing to the policy directions, and where appropriate, sharing stories.
Apr 2016
Emerging Voices were invited to attend the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s Multicultural forum in Brisbane in February 2016, and also to attend a private meeting with Commission staff to provide their feedback and ideas. The Royal Commission was particularly interested in Emerging Voices contributing to the policy directions, and where appropriate, sharing stories.

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