Advocacy

We invite members to participate in advocating to elected representatives at every possible opportunity.

Below are issues QCOSS is currently advocating on and ways you can get involved.

The policy team at QCOSS is here to also provide assistance so please make contact if you have questions - email [email protected] or call 07 3004 6900.

Media Release Will sanity prevail
Published: Jul 2018
The Auditor General’s report on the cashless debit card trial released this week supports QCOSS’ (Queensland Council of Social Service) findings that ‘evidence is lacking’ to support any expansion of the card to the Hinkler electorate of Hervey Bay and Bundaberg in Queensland. QCOSS has held this position since the suggestions were made to extend the trial to Queensland, strongly advising against the expansion of the trial not only because of the lack of evidence, but also because addressing complex health and social issues, like substance use problems, through the welfare system is fundamentally flawed.
Media Release Federal Government skulduggery could see people on income support further stigmatised
Published: Feb 2018
Yesterday the Australian Government quietly announced the reintroduction of mandatory drug testing for people accessing income support, despite that fact that there is no evidence of a causal link between people receiving this benefit and those with drug problems.
Advocating for Queensland Neighbourhood Centres
Published: Feb 2018
The following is a summary of the key themes of the Neighbourhood Centre (NHC) Consultation and Investment Management Standard (IMS) workshops of 2017. It provides useful points and information for stakeholders to use when discussing the future of Queensland NHCs with their local representatives.
Report Queensland Neighbourhood Centres - Community consultation results paper
Published: Feb 2018
To inform the Investment Management Strategy process for Neighbourhood Centres in Queensland, the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) and Queensland Families and Communities Association (QFCA) facilitated five consultation forums across the state – in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Cairns, and one teleconference session. 82 per cent of the 122 funded neighbourhood centres in Queensland engaged in the consultation and participation was proportionately well distributed in terms of number of funded sites, regions and localities.
Submission The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation - Queensland Public Hearing (5 February 2018)
Published: Feb 2018
The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) welcomes the opportunity to lodge a submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (HFE).
Take Action Advocacy resources for the 2017 Queensland Election
Published: Nov 2017
Take Action QCOSS advocating for change
Published: Nov 2017
This is a quick infographic guide to advocating for this election.
Take Action Social and community statistics
Published: Oct 2017
To help in talking to local MPs and raising awareness of local issues we have updated our social and community statistics tool. The tool contains localised data with key statistics such as the number of homeless people, jobless families and median income for each State Electoral District.
Media Release A light at the end of the tunnel
Published: Oct 2017

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