A Recovery for All Queenslanders
The economic challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic means more Queenslanders than ever are under financial pressure. QCOSS is calling for the Queensland Government to commit to:
- a game-changing investment in social housing
- investment in energy efficiency and solar energy for low-income households
- a Community Sector Resilience Fund to financially support the sector’s response to COVID-19.
No Interest Loan Scheme
QCOSS welcomes the Queensland Government’s 2020 budget commitment to deliver $4 million over two years to employ 20 NGO workers to help people access the No Interest Loan Scheme. This commitment came after a QCOSS campaign to promote the financial wellbeing of Queenslanders during the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Income support measures need to be maintained at a level above the poverty line. We want to see a permanent increase to JobSeeker so that there is a proper social safety net in place for Queenslanders.
Raise the Age
QCOSS is working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) and Youth Advocacy Centre (and the Human Rights Law Centre nationally) to lead the Queensland-focused arm of the national campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years old.
QCOSS is also an active partner in:
- Make Renting Fair in Queensland Alliance
- Family Matters campaign
- Stop the Debt Alliance – a campaign to stop unscrupulous lending practices and to save responsible lending laws.
As the Queensland community services sector’s peak body, QCOSS delivers a year-round research and advocacy program to deliver change on structural social issues and to promote the work and needs of the sector.
QCOSS offers members a range of opportunities to inform and engage with our advocacy agenda.
Community Services CEO Network (Quarterly)
Bringing together community services leaders to identify issues impacting the sector, share perspectives and shape solutions.
Policy Networks (Quarterly)
Contribute your experience and perspective to shape the QCOSS research and advocacy agenda. Topic areas include:
- Living Affordability
- Housing and Homelessness
- Women’s Equality
- Essential Services Consultative Committee
Research and Evaluation Network (Quarterly)
Collaboration and knowledge sharing for research and evaluation professionals to more effectively use community sector resources and data.
Webinars and online forums
Hear from the leading voices in our sector for analysis of immediate and long-term issues.
Budget Breakfast (June 2021)
Annual Conference (November 2021)
The community service sector’s premiere annual networking event.
QCOSS membership introduces you to an industry of professionals, striving to make a measurable difference to their clients and their communities.
QCOSS runs a series of professional development programs exploring the latest developments in service delivery, management and governance. You not only have access to these programs but the opportunity to shape and influence what’s on offer.
QCOSS In Conversation
This event series connects the Queensland community service sector with Queensland’s politicians and policy makers to explore leading social issues and how to affect change.
Community of Practice – Place-based Work
This Community of Practice brings together service providers to explore how placed-based approaches can collaboratively and innovatively address the needs of individual communities, allowing those community to implement local solutions for local issues.
Community of Practice – Human Rights, Housing and Homelessness
This Community of Practice explores how a rights-based approach can transform the delivery of housing services and benefit clients experiencing housing stress or homelessness.
Quality Collaboration Network
The Quality Collaboration Network is a peer-led network for those involved in implementing the Human Services Quality Framework within their organisation. It provides an opportunity to share experiences, information and resources on audit and quality matters, as well as identifying common issues across the sector to inform system updates to government.
Involvement is open to quality, policy or compliance risk professionals working in community services non-government organisations in Queensland.
Human Rights in Action
A webinar series exploring new developments in the implementation of the Human Rights Act in Queensland and building the sector’s understanding and capacity to implement the Act.