Media Release 13 June 2016
Job seekers and asylum seekers on the move with concessions announced
The introduction of concession fares on public transport for eligible unemployed people receiving newstart and youth allowances and asylum seekers is good news for those in South East Queensland.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said the Queensland Government’s announcement today shows it has taken on-board the advice of many advocates and industry experts who have advised better targeted concessions to ease cost-of-living pressures for low-income households.
“As we have said previously, by better targeting these concessions we can help to ensure the financial and social equality and sustainability of Queenslanders struggling to survive on low incomes,” said Mr Henley. “This is the first step in improving the outcomes possible from concessions.”
“The cost of public transport is a major barrier to many long-term unemployed people seeking work because they simply cannot afford to get to job interviews. It is also a major barrier for social inclusion.”
“If we want to encourage people to find a job they have to be able to get out there, within the constraints of a very low income.”
“We look forward to continuing to work with government throughout the implementation of this initiative and seeing these concessions applied across the state,” said Mr Henley.
For more than 55 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage. With members in every part of Queensland, QCOSS supports a strong community service sector.
QCOSS CEO – Mark Henley 0448 075 087
QCOSS Communication Manager – Karen Murphy 0423 245 252