People on income support are under increasing financial pressure to afford the basics like housing, food and essential services, QCOSS’ Living affordability in Queensland reports. The report compares the basic standard of living across five locations in Queensland - Cairns, Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Brisbane - to see how location and income impact on cost of living. The locations were chosen as they include metropolitan and regional areas. The report focusses on four low-income households, recognising that people surviving on low incomes are struggling the most.
More than 120 neighbourhood and community centres across Queensland are under threat, with inadequate funding putting both staff safety and community wellbeing at risk. QCOSS and the Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA), the peak body of the state’s neighbourhood centres, are urgently calling on the state government to double the funding for neighbourhood and community centres in the upcoming budget.
At QCOSS, we believe every person in Queensland has a right to live a good life, to be out of poverty and experience wellbeing. Acknowledging anti-poverty week, QCOSS is proud to have been part of various events throughout Queensland to reduce poverty and hardship, including events in Beenleigh, Upper Coomera and Southport and upcoming events in Elanora and Logan.
The Australian Senate today took a gamble, passing law to introduce the cashless debit card onto the Fraser Coast in Queensland. QCOSS strongly opposes any moves to expand Cashless Debit Card trials, but the Australian Government has continued to ignore evidence and community perspectives in pressing ahead with the expansion of the trial.
With the bill to introduce the cashless debit card to Hinkler not being passed in the Senate yesterday, we must continue the fight to stop this bill. QCOSS, with many locals, stands strongly against the introduction of the cashless debit card. It is fundamentally flawed to address complex health and social issues through changes to the welfare system.
As Homelessness Week 2018 draws to a close, QCOSS (Queensland Council of Social Service) is determined to keep the spotlight on the importance of having a place to call home. Housing is foundational for getting and keeping a job, a child’s education, quality health, and for strong family and community relationships. To make sure everyone in Queensland has a home QCOSS is asking all levels of government to choose to make this possible in its Housing Position Statement released today.
The Auditor General’s report on the cashless debit card trial released this week supports QCOSS’ (Queensland Council of Social Service) findings that ‘evidence is lacking’ to support any expansion of the card to the Hinkler electorate of Hervey Bay and Bundaberg in Queensland. QCOSS has held this position since the suggestions were made to extend the trial to Queensland, strongly advising against the expansion of the trial not only because of the lack of evidence, but also because addressing complex health and social issues, like substance use problems, through the welfare system is fundamentally flawed.
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) says the recommendations in today’s report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on electricity supply and prices is a triumph for consumers. “We know the energy market is not working for consumers – particularly for those on low incomes or experiencing vulnerability”, said QCOSS CEO Mark Henley. “It is great to see this message repeated so strongly in this report.
Human Rights Act for Queensland is getting closer with funding of nearly $3million allocated over four years provided in the Queensland State Budget for this essential piece of legislation. “We were very excited to see progress on the Human Rights Act for Queensland”, said Queensland Council of Social Service CEO Mr Mark Henley. “In our Manifesto for Change we called for a government that leads with vision and we have seen glimpses of that this week.”
Partners, Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) and Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) are pleased to announce their successful grant “Changing Lives, Changing Communities” under the NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants (Round 2)
Every person should be able to have a shower, wash their clothes or flush the toilet without worrying about how to pay their water bill. The final recommendation made by the Queensland Competition Authority, if accepted by government, will see the increase in bulk water prices trickle down to household bills. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO Mark Henley said that Queenslanders are already drowning in cost-of-living expenses in a period of low wage growth. “This is really an opportunity for the government to extend the current water concession to all health care card holders who pay for water - home owners and tenants alike.
More than 5,000 children were without a house on Census night in 2016 says ABS data released today. 2016 census figures released by the ABS today show that homelessness has risen nine per cent in Queensland between 2011 and 2016. “Any increase in homelessness is unacceptable,” said Mark Henley, Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) CEO. “There are more than 21,500 people who are homeless every night in Queensland.
Yesterday the Australian Government quietly announced the reintroduction of mandatory drug testing for people accessing income support, despite that fact that there is no evidence of a causal link between people receiving this benefit and those with drug problems.