From Mark – 18 December 2019

  • QCOSS CEO Mark Henley
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Queensland Human Rights Act rolls out soon

QCOSS is working closely with the Human Rights Commission and Dept of Child Safety, Youth, Women, and other peaks to promote and support the successful implementation of the Human Rights Act in Queensland. Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLCQ) is capturing information on behalf of all of the peaks so we can better understand what your organisation needs to successfully implement the Human Rights Act.

I strongly encourage each of you to share your thoughts about what training and resources your organisation requires in this short survey. The survey takes only 10 minutes to complete and closes Friday 17 January 2019.

Together we can build a human rights culture and create a Queensland where every person can live a good life.

Rental reforms

Yesterday QCOSS, alongside other peak bodies in Queensland, sent a letter to the Queensland Premier and her Cabinet colleagues congratulating them on their proposed rental reforms. The reforms are overdue and the recommended changes will deliver greater fairness for renters in Queensland.

Additionally, we welcome the government’s ongoing consultation on these reforms. Queenslanders are being given a chance to have their say and help shape future policy decisions around the reforms by providing feedback on each of the renting reform proposals. I encourage all members to have your say on the proposed changes. Please see the feature article below for more information.

Demand for community services

QCOSS and the COSS network have released a joint briefing note detailing results from the 2019 Australian Community Services Sector Survey (ACSS).

The report found that during 2019 the community sector has been struggling to meet demands. The responses were clear: there is significant unmet demand for community services in Australia; demand for services is increasing; and this unmet demand is impacting people accessing services, their families and their communities.

The full report will be available in the new year.

QCOSS Annual Priorities Statement

QCOSS’ Annual Priorities Statement sets out the key priorities and actions we consider most important for the state government to deliver on over the next 12 months and more. We will use this document to articulate our vision to government – and it will form the basis of our advocacy approach for the 2020-21 Queensland Budget, as well as our priorities in the lead up to the State Election in October 2020.

As a QCOSS member, your voice is invaluable in this process. I encourage each of you to please share your thoughts and feedback on what actions the state government needs to take to help us achieve our vision of equality, opportunity and wellbeing for every person, in every community in Queensland. You can complete the survey here.

From all of us at QCOSS…

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the coming weeks as the year ends and 2020 emerges.  I hope it provides the opportunity to share time with those close to you.

Thank you for your support this year. The past 12 months have been huge for QCOSS and we couldn’t have done it without you, our members. Our new vision is bold and we need your continued support, collaboration and input into our initiatives and advocacy to help us to deliver it.

We are looking forward to 2020 and what we can achieve together.

18 December 2019