As we pen this letter to you, our Queensland representative, our remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are facing an uncertain future. The Turnbull Government is walking away from funding the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing, putting the state’s progress towards Closing the Gap at risk.
ore 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.
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The introduction to the Strengthening our Place initiative
Yesterday the Australian Government quietly announced the reintroduction of mandatory drug testing for people accessing income support, despite the fact that there is no evidence of a causal link between people receiving this benefit and those with drug problems.
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) has recently published a revised Evacuation Planning Handbook.
Adam Klaproth is one of our QCOSS conference scholarship winners and is our latest member profile
The National COSS (Councils of Social Service) Network is working towards a just, inclusive and sustainable Australia where everyone can exercise their inalienable human rights, has equal access to resources and opportunity to participate in and benefit from social and economic life. With this in mind we are deeply disturbed that the Australian Government is abandoning investment to address the critical housing need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities.
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