In response to the growing concern about the Centrelink debt collection process QCOSS has authored a Policy Paper.
The New Year has brought new opportunities for Independent Advocacy Townsville’s Tania Brown to test out knowledge and skills gained from Queensland Council of Social Service’s 2016 State Conference. An Advocate/NDIS Appeals Officer, Ms Brown attended the two-day conference in Brisbane on a scholarship, an opportunity which has proved invaluable.
ACOSS calls on the Australian Government to immediately suspend the automated Centrelink debt recovery program that is treating current and past Centrelink recipients like second-class citizens. ACOSS also calls for the program to be independently reviewed.
Acting Premier Curtis Pitt and Employment Minister Grace Grace say business owners in Central Queensland should include hiring new staff as one of their New Year’s resolutions. Speaking during a visit to metallurgical and mining technology firm A&B Mylec Pty Ltd — a Rockhampton company that had taken advantage of the State Government incentives — Mr Pitt said in 2017 the Palaszczuk Government would not waver from its focus on creating jobs.
If you have received a letter from Centrelink and require assistance you can contact the following organisations.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has elected Ms Kate Tully as its new Chair – following the retirement of long-serving Chair, Mr Mark Tucker-Evans.
Thank you for the important work you do every day - playing your part in the wellbeing of all Queenslanders.
"You would hate to think that parents feel obliged to keep their children having a device and paying for those costs but maybe forgoing meals or rent of medication," said Mark Henley.
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. Better targeting of concessions for electricity and public transport as well as reducing rent for public housing tenants will make a huge difference for some of Queensland households experiencing vulnerability.
Darcy Cavanagh, co-founder and manager of REFOCUS Inc on the Sunshine Coast, gives an insight into working in the community service sector.