Changes takes a lot of determination, and QCOSS has worked tirelessly across 2018 to advocate across a range of areas crucial to the wellbeing of every Queenslander.
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QCOSS hosted two events discussing the historic introduction of a Human Rights Bill in Queensland. The key note speeches are presented here.
The Place-based Community of Practice will bring together people, who share your interest in place-based approaches and are keen to learn, contribute and connect around this important way of working.
The future of the regulation that requires large supermarkets to provide the unit price (price per unit of measure - such as per 100g and per litre) on shelf labels, etc. for packaged grocery items is being reviewed by the federal government. Consumer advocate Ian Jarratt OAM lead the campaign that resulted the start of compulsory grocery unit pricing in 2009. Ian says “Grocery unit pricing is used by lots of consumers to get better value for money, but there are many problems with the present system, such as unit prices being too difficult to notice and read."
David Locke was recently appointed the new chief ombudsman and CEO of the Australian Financial Complains Authority (AFCA). QCOSS was delighted to host David and representatives from government, legal services, banking, and community organisations for a meet and greet, and to start a dialog on improving circumstances for people impacted by financial hardship. The issues are very evident given that living affordability has risen significantly and the incomes levels, particularly for those on low to medium incomes, have not risen at appropriate rates.
At the 2018 AGM QCOSS welcomed two new Honorary Life Members - Mark Tucker-Evans and Peter Emery
Congratulations to Kit Ison, who was recently appointed on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) Regional Priority Jobs Committee.
QCOSS has reiterated our in principle support for the introduction of a mandatory portable long service leave scheme for workers employed (by for- profit and not-for-profit organisations) in the social and community services sector including disability across Queensland in a joint response by several of the community service peaks.
On 25 October 2018, the Australian Energy Markets Commission (AEMC) made a more preferable final rule to make it easier for small customers to fix inaccurate estimated bills by providing their own reading of an electricity or gas meter to their retailer.