In this week’s video update, QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh wishes everyone a happy holidays and outlines some areas of focus for QCOSS as we move into 2021.
As the year draws to an end I want to express our gratitude.
Thank you to all of our members who did essential work to keep people safe and well during such a challenging year, and who joined us in working towards our vision of equality, opportunity and wellbeing for all Queenslanders.
I also want to acknowledge the phenomenal job the Queensland Government has done in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. They have worked tirelessly with the social services sector while we have all faced personal and professional challenges.
We know there is a long way to go. Right now, more than 350,000 Queenslanders are relying on JobSeeker or Youth Allowance, and more than a quarter of a million kids in Queensland have a parent relying on income support payments.
More than 22,000 Queenslanders are experiencing homelessness, and more than 27,000 families are on the public housing wait list.
Next year we’re looking forward to working with you to ensure our COVID-19 recovery benefits all Queenslanders.
This includes Raising the Rate for Good, renewing our calls for further investment in social and affordable housing, making public housing energy efficient, and growing the caring economy.
We also look forward to working with you and the government on important rental reforms, raising the age of criminal responsibility, and improving the child protection system – including by supporting the Family Matters Campaign.
We want to ensure appropriate language services are used throughout Queensland, make sure the Human Rights Act lives up to its potential, and influence energy policy to help to drive power prices down.
Among other things, 2021 will also see us progress our member-informed policy work focussing on women, housing, and living affordability, as well as important sector reform work through our CEO Network, and our place-based initiatives.
I wish you the merriest of Christmases – moments of joy and awe, good times with those you love, and for positive energy to fill you as we look forward to 2021.
Our offices will reopen on the fourth of January. See you in the New Year.