This week in review - 9 February 2017

Mark Henley

QCOSS Budget Priority Statement

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our pre-budget submission survey.  We had more than 100 responses in a very short period of time which is fantastic.  We will now take your responses, look at the document and have a draft to you by Monday 13 February.  You will also notice that we have renamed the document – the QCOSS Budget Priority Statement – because we think this gives a clearer understanding of what is within it.

If you didn’t have a chance to complete the survey, you will have an opportunity to comment on the draft document and also join us for a teleconference to discuss it.  This will be held on Thursday 24 February.  You can register here.  I look forward to having a strong document that clearly articulates the priorities needed to address poverty and disadvantage in Queensland.

Domestic and Family Violence Project

QCOSS has just embarked on a project to look at printed communication resources n­­eeded by people from culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds in addressing and coping with domestic violence.  We are in the very early stages of the project and held the first advisory group meeting this week with membership from Peak Care, ­­Immigrant Women’s Support Service, Working Against Violence Support Services, Relationships Australia, Ethnic Communities Council Queensland, DV Connect, and Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research. It is an exciting project that I will keep you posted on.


Don’t forget that this month QCOSS is hosting two great events to support the sector. With PeakCare we are hosting a one-day forum about how to successfully include people from different cultural backgrounds in a community service setting.  You can register for that here.  And back by popular demand we are re-running the Love your tender four webinar series to help you prepare for your tender writing this year. You can register here for the series.


Mark Henley
Chief Executive Officer

9 February 2017