Community organisations work with people experiencing vulnerability every day.
Providing access to NILS within a community organisation setting means that there is a gateway to other crucial supports like housing, early learning care, domestic and family violence prevention, and preventative services for those in financial difficulty.
Already in Queensland, there are 60 frontline community organisations that provide access to the NILS program, most of these are located in regional areas. These organisations make up the ‘NILS Community Network’.
The NILS scheme has grown exponentially in Queensland, starting from just 330 loans issued in 2008, to over 6,000 in 2019.
We know from conversations with QCOSS’ member organisations and Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand, that there is unmet need for access to NILS across Queensland communities.
Without adequate funding, community organisations can’t afford to dedicate more than a few hours a week to providing NILS services and many organisations have to turn away clients that request assistance.
Queensland’s community organisations should be funded to deliver on-the-ground service and outreach to provide Queenslanders with better access to NILS. QCOSS is calling on the state government to fund the NILS Community Network $3 million per annum to carry out this crucial work.