The Queensland Government’s proposed new tariff structure for electricity announced today has the potential to benefit many low income households who use less energy, says the Queensland Council of Social Service.
The gambling industry would do well to listen to the voice of Australians when it comes to giving gamblers the option to set a pre-commitment amount prior to using poker machines.
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and housing peak Queensland Shelter find latest figures in low income housing horrifying, but not surprising. The lack of low income housing in Australia, highlighted today by an Anglicare report, is a reflection of an ongoing situation seeing more and more Queenslanders forced into inadequate and inappropriate accommodation.
The Access All Areas campaign was launched in Brisbane today, aiming to break down the barriers disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience in accessing services within their community.
An overwhelming majority of Queenslanders (92 per cent) believe community sector workers should be paid at least the same as workers doing similar jobs in other industries. The Queensland response mirrors national figures in a survey conducted as Fair Work Australia retires to consider the outcomes of the equal remuneration case brought by the Australian Services Union on behalf of community sector workers.
The Queensland Council of Social Service has welcomed the $39 million Federal and State package announced yesterday to support natural disaster recovery in Queensland. It is a timely announcement and gives some certainty to financial counsellors and others in the community services sector that funding is available to continue and expand services to those hardest hit by the floods and cyclones this summer.
A snapshot of the non-profit community sector in this state released today reveals its contribution to the economy and life of Queensland. The non-profit sector injects more than $2.7billion into the economy each year and employs more than 60,000 people to provide community services in every corner of the state. Sector Profile 2010 reveals the huge impact that the non-profit community sector has in Queensland.
Get it right and Queensland’s disaster recovery will leave the state with fairer, more cohesive communities. Get it wrong and a third of our population could slip into poverty.
New figures from the Queensland Competition Authority show that Queensland is likely to remain the state with the highest rate of residential electricity disconnections in Australia. What’s worse, says QCOSS President Karyn Walsh, is that almost 20 per cent of those disconnected for non-payment were pensioners or concession card holders.
Disaster relief grants to flood and cyclone-affected not-for-profit organisations announced today will make a substantial contribution to Queensland’s long-term disaster recovery, the Queensland Council of Social Service said today.
The Queensland council of Social Service has welcomed the Federal Government’s flood levy announced today. “Given the scale of the disaster it would be impossible to rebuild Queensland and other affected locations without it.
Thousands of local organisations that are part of the not for profit community sector have thrown themselves into helping people recover from flooding throughout Queensland.
The Queensland Council of Social Service today paid tribute to the incredible work already done by the government, volunteer emergency services and the community sector during the flooding which has swept the state.
The Queensland Council of Social Service says it welcomes a smaller than expected draft electricity price hike for next year, but still hopes to see an improved concession framework in place before the increase come into effect.
Local organisations and community members get together in Toowoomba today (Tuesday December 14) to work together on ending homelessness. "We want to end homelessness, not just manage it," says Queensland Council of Social Service Director Jill Lang.