Call for papers!!! Present at the QCOSS Conference in September 2013
QCOSS is excited to call for presentation and workshop ideas for the upcoming state conference Redefining the Roadmap: positioning community services for the future.
QCOSS response to the Costello Commission of Audit (30 April 2013)
This week’s release of the Commission of Audit’s Final Report has been much anticipated and on Wednesday QCOSS attended a briefing by the Premier and the Treasurer on the report and the Government’s response to each of the 155 recommendations. Speaking at this briefing the Premier introduced the government’s response to the 155 recommendations of the audit - A Plan: Better Services for Queenslanders.
Australian Charities and NFP Commission - What does it mean for my charity?
Australian Charities and NFP Commission - What does it mean for my charity? Information sessions being held across the state.
WE NEED YOUR HELP - AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY SECTOR SURVEY - CLOSES 3 MAY 2013
ACOSS is seeking your assistance in ensuring that your organisation completes this year’s Australian Community Sector Survey. The Australian Community Sector Survey is the key national source of information about the community services sector and the issues that face our clients. It is a key advocacy tool in highlighting unmet demand for services and key challenges facing organisations trying to address them. It is used widely by policy makers and researchers.
QCOSS presents to the Social Services Cabinet Sub-Committee
In April QCOSS presented to the Social Services Cabinet Sub-Committee which is chaired by the State Treasurer Tim Nicholls.
ACOSS social policy forum - listen to the session on ABC Radio National Podcasts
Paul Barclay, ABC Radio National, talks with representatives of all sides of federal politics at the ACOSS National conference.
Queensland Government Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial - call for grant applications
Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial The Queensland Government will contribute $15 million in capital funding over a three-year trial period to address the unmet need of elderly parent carers and their adult son or daughter with a disability. Organisations are now able to apply for capital grants to contribute to residential construction, modification or acquisition projects under the trial.
Queensland Commission of Audit Comments
We have released our pre-budget submission which calls on the government to carefully consider their investment to support people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It is a message that we will be repeating when the government considers the recommendations of the Queensland Commission of Audit.
Community Services Industry Body
Let us know your thoughts about the role an industry body might play and your feedback on the proposal being put forward in this paper.
QCOSS Pre-Budget Submission 2013/14
This submission asks government to carefully consider its investment in the community services to ensure the very best outcomes for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It focuses on the need to build a strong foundation for the community services sector - that government recognise the strength in the sector and build on it while recommissioning.
Tax Concession Review QCOSS Response
QCOSS' response to ‘Fairer, Simpler and More Effective Tax Concessions for the Not-For-Profit Sector’
COSS Network submission on NDIS Bill 2012
A submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee on NDIS Bill 2012 has been prepared by the Council of Social Service NSW (NCOSS) on behalf of the National, State and Territory Councils of Social Service (COSS) network. The submission outlines a range of issues and concerns regarding the Bill and the implications of the Bill for the longer term implementation of the NDIS scheme.
The Role of Community Sector Peak Bodies
An information paper which explores the roles and functions of peak body organisations in the community services sector.
Queensland Government announces next 6 Month Plan
Today the Queensland Government has announced its next six month plan (January – June 2013). It highlights some key items for the community services sector.
Cost of Living Report - Issue 2 Update - Sept 2012
The latest Cost of Living report provides an update of the cost of living pressures faced by three example low-income households.
Energy Hardship and Electricity Disconnections in Queensland
Rapidly increasing electricity prices have received a great deal of attention in recent years. What has received less attention is that the number of disconnections for non-payment of electricity bills has been on a similar upwards trajectory. In three of the four years to June 2011, the percentage of customers disconnected in Queensland was higher than in any other jurisdiction in Australia. Since disconnection rates are an indicator of market performance and levels of hardship, Queensland’s high rate should be a matter of concern for the electricity sector. QCOSS undertook a survey of community sector workers in late 2011 to gather information about the factors contributing to disconnection. The findings of this survey and an analysis of a log of calls made to QCOSS about energy issues are presented in this report.
QCOSS Road Shows - what we heard
We have compiled a summary of the themes that emerged from your comments and ideas that we heard as we traveled across the state.
Strengthening social inclusion services - notes from roundtable with Minister Davis
We strongly recommend that all of our members take a moment to read the notes from the roundtable as they provide insight into the Department’s direction and priorities into the new year.
Are you prepared for storm season?
In the summer of 2010/2011, approximately 75% of Queensland was affected by disaster. While we are hoping for the best this summer, we are strongly urging all of our members to be prepared this storm season.