Aimee’s update – 17 July 2020

  • QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh
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In this week’s video update, QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh talks about our upcoming members-only webinar examining the looming ‘fiscal cliff’. To find out more about “The cliff? What it means for Queensland’s Social Service Sector” webinar, click here.

Aimee also talks about some important proposed changes to the Child Protection Act. To view the Child Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 as tabled in Queensland Parliament, click here (PDF).

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Tuesday was a national day of action for the Raise the Rate campaign, and QCOSS joined a chorus of thousands of organisations and individuals calling on the federal government to permanently increase income support payments.

Decreasing the rate of JobSeeker to pre-pandemic levels and slashing supplements would not only be heartless, but it would be catastrophic for so many people in need of assistance during an economic downturn not seen since the Great Depression.

On the 4th of August we’re holding a members-only online forum to examine the economic ‘fiscal cliff’ feared for later this year, and what it could mean for Queensland’s social services sector.

I invite you to join us and a panel of industry leaders to look at some of the issues facing our community – including housing, income support and food security.

Speakers will be joining us from yourtown, Foodbank Queensland, Micah Projects, and the Financial Counsellors’ Association of Queensland, along with Cassandra Goldie from ACOSS.

There’s going to be breakout sessions during the day guided by Queensland community sector leaders, to share ideas and really focus on the impacts for service delivery.

Spots are filling really fast so visit our website to register.

As well this week, an important amendment to the Child Protection Act was introduced in the Queensland Parliament, clarifying adoption as a genuine option to be considered for vulnerable young people in long-term care.

We’re holding a workshop as soon as possible to explore how the Queensland Human Rights Act influences and applies to this kind of law making.

We’re expect there’s going to be very tight time frames around the consultation process for the Bill, so keep an eye on our website – we’ll update you as soon as the details are locked in.

And one more exciting thing this week – we welcomed a new staff member Shae Thomas to our team. Shae is going to be making sure that we have the capacity to give our members additional care and focus. We’re really looking forward to having Shae in our team at QCOSS.

So until next week, take care.