From Aimee – 11 March 2020

  • QCOSS CEO Aimee McVeigh
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International Women’s Day and Equal Remuneration Order

QCOSS’ vision is for a Queensland where everyone’s lives are characterised by equality, opportunity and wellbeing. In this edition of Conduit there are so many examples of how we are furthering our cause.

During Queensland’s Women’s week, culminating in International Women’s Day on Sunday, we reflected on the incredible contribution of our community sector – a sector where women make up 80% of the workforce. We were proud to shine the light on some of QCOSS’ women and we also used the week to call attention to the urgent need for the Government to continue to fund the Equal Remuneration Order. You can read our full media release here.

Harmony Week: 15 to 21 March

Harmony Week, running from 15-21 March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. The week celebrates inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

I encourage you to come together with friends and family, and through schools, workplaces and our wider communities to celebrate our diversity. You can either hold your own event or attend an event near you.

Australia’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live – which is why we have dedicated this special edition of Conduit to this cause.

Federal government’s economic stimulus package

In the context of the weakening economy, we also wrote to the Premier and Treasurer last week, requesting that they advocate for a stimulus package that benefits the most disadvantaged people in our community as well as our environment and our nation. We suggested that the Federal Government raise the rate of Newstart, invest in building more social housing and making public housing more energy efficient and that they fund a program to employ unemployed people in bushfire remediation projects.

Coronavirus update

With the increasing threat of a COVID-19 pandemic, all members should be aware that the federal and state governments are adopting a precautionary approach in preparedness and planning for potential impacts to services.

We strongly encourage you and your staff to monitor the following links and familiarise yourself with the comprehensive and up to date Federal and Queensland Health resources regarding COVID-19, and the process governments are taking to contain the virus, including practical things we all can do to help minimise transmission.

All QCOSS members are encouraged to review their Contingency and Continuity Planning to ensure minimal impacts to service delivery continuity and wherever possible, contribute to the recovery of individuals, communities and services. To assist all members to review and update your Business Continuity Plan please see the resources we have available on the Community Door website.

In addition, the Queensland Government has developed People with vulnerabilities in disasters: A framework for an effective local response (PDF), in collaboration with key partners, to contribute to building resilient communities. This Framework and associated resources including a Tool Kit are available at this link.

11 March 2020