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Sharlene Hill recently graduated with her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care with support from QCOSS’ Rural and Remote Workforce Initiative. Sharlene said the extra support she received from Ros, a Project Officer for QCOSS, was vital.
Want to help people use My Health Record effectively? The Australian Digital Health Agency are holding consultations throughout early February in Brisbane to develop tailored materials on how to use the My Health Record safely and effectively.
People receiving income support in the Hinkler region (Bundaberg and Hervey Bay) will commence on the federal government’s Cashless Debit Card Trial from 29 January 2019. While QCOSS remains steadfastly opposed to the CDCT for any community, we are committed to staying engaged with the implementation process to support the community.
Changing Lives, Changing Communities - Gladstone Agenda
QCOSS welcomes the Palaszczuk government’s support for all five recommendations of the Transport and Public Works Committee’s inquiry into the operation of toll roads. The committee recommended monitoring and reduction of fees and charges, a Queensland Toll Road ombudsman, earlier contact with customers and preventing enforcement action whilst disputes are unresolved.
The Energy Savvy Families Program helps give Queenslanders the power to manage their electricity bills. Participating families can learn more about their energy use and simple ways to manage their electricity costs. It’s free, it’s fun and you’ll be in the running to win rewards, such as one of 10 x $1,500 energy efficient appliance vouchers. Local Energy Savvy Families program champions are on hand to help with acccessing the program and help participants get the most out of the program.
QCOSS is excited to be working with local communities in the North West Minerals Province to help create sustainable solutions and build resilient, prosperous communities. Along with the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, we are developing a Community Resilience Strategy. This work forms part of the Queensland Government’s Strategic Blueprint for the North West.
Earlier in the year the My Health Record push was announced by the government and prompted some concerns about privacy of such personal and critical information. The Australian Government promised to fix it and a Bill has now been passed through parliament to do just that.
The Queensland Accessing Interpreters Working Group (QAIWG) is a coalition of non-governmental organisations formed to advocate for high quality interpreting, translating and culturally responsive services. QAIWG was formed 10 years ago in the wake of a Federal Government decision to stop funding what they decided was a state service – access to interpreters. 
The Queensland Government is currently working with a range of industry sectors to complete their climate change Sector Adaptation Plans (SAPs). QCOSS has been engaged by the Department of Environment and Science to sit on the steering groups for each of these sectors, aiming to ensure Social Vulnerability is embedded throughout the process. The next Sector Adaptation Plan is the Industry and Resources SAP, which includes energy, mining and manufacturing and is being led by the University of Queensland’s Centre for Policy Futures. QCOSS would like to encourage professionals to join others from the Social Service sector and participate in this survey (see Industry and Resources Sector Adaptation Plan below).

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