News

We are very excited to announce the next stage of the QCOSS Movement for change – a series of Changing Lives, Changing Communities events in 13 locations across Queensland. These events will build on the knowledge gained and actions developed on the second day of the QCOSS State Conference - Movement for change that was held in Brisbane in May.
What could the Sunshine Coast community be like in 2041? What will help the community to thrive and stay connected? How will the community ensure that everyone is included? These are the questions the Sunshine Coast community are reflecting on as they develop their Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2041!
People in Queensland who are having difficulty paying their energy bills may soon find it easier to get on retailer’s hardship programs. On 29 March, the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), the body responsible for ensuring retailers have fit-for-purpose hardship policies, published a new guideline and set of standardised statements which all retailers must include in their hardship policies. Retailers have until 2 October to comply with this new guideline.
Shelley Birrell is a Senior Community Capacity Officer at QCOSS, and is Project Lead for the Changing Lives, Changing Communities project. Criminology and behavioural science qualifications back her extensive experience across the disability and community service sectors.

Events

Changing Lives, Changing... | Gladstone | 2 May
What will it take to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?
QCOSS State Budget Breakfast 2019 | South Brisbane | 18 Jun
Join us to hear about the impact the State Budget will have on Queenslanders experiencing poverty and disadvantage.
QCOSS State Conference 2019 -... | Caloundra | 12 Sep
'Leading change together' is the theme of this year's QCOSS State Conference. Details will be available soon.

Latest from the CEO

This week in review - 13 March 2019
QCOSS State Government Priority Statement 2019/20, Changing Lives, Changing Communities Gold Coast, Raise the rate, and Close the Gap.
This week in review - 28 February 2019
Human Rights Bill for Queensland, International Women's Day, National COSS Network asks Bill Shorten to stop the cashless debit card,
This week in review - 14 February 2019
North Queensland, Anniversary of the Apology and Family Matters, Living affordability in Queensland, and Queensland Productivity Commission's support into Imprisonment and Recidivism draft report.
Community Door Australian Council of Social Service